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Tips for a hassle-free digital journey

Although my most recent trip was a complete miss, I had no problem using my telecommuting tools – laptop, phone, tablet – out of the country.

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A good travel adapter

Our mobile devices are all designed to support a wide range of electrical voltages (from 100 to 250 V), powers (from 1000 to 2500 W) and frequencies (50-60 Hz). Therefore, they do not require current converters; only a power plug adapter is needed.

The new universal adapters are really well designed, in fact you only need one to power all your devices at the same time. Bring only the cables in your luggage and leave their power supplies at home.

While searching the Amazon megastore, I found these two versatile models and almost identical to the one I took on my trip. Important detail, the type of card must correspond to that of the country to be visited.

When you receive the adapter, try it. If it works at home, it will work abroad. You will see, it will become a sort of common charging station for all mobile devices once plugged into a kitchen or living room outlet.

Unlike the other adapter, the USB-C port is not of the PD (power delivery) type.

Unlike the other adapter, the USB-C port is not of the PD (power delivery) type.

In addition to multiple input and output plugs, these universal adapters feature USB-A and USB-C ports for your phones, headphones, cameras, watches, and more. They also incorporate a high-power USB-C port indicated by the letters PD (power delivery)at least 45W to power a portable computer, such as a MacBook or competitive laptops.

To close this chapter, you should always buy this adapter here, because the same ones abroad cost two to three times more; a way for traders to take advantage of careless tourists who will buy them no matter the price.

My computer plugged into USB-C (PD - 45 W) and my phone plugged into USB-A

My computer plugged into USB-C (PD – 45 W) and my phone plugged into USB-A

And a virtual private network to secure your connections

Three letters: VPN, for “virtual private network”, absolutely necessary to protect your connections abroad, both for your laptop and for your phones and tablets.

Every time you connect to the internet, you are unaware of the real security of the connections. Without a subscription to a VPN service, your WiFi connections at airports, in internet cafes, in hotels and in rented apartments are not secure and are made with equipment that is not yours. And you can be sure that in some countries and airports, there is no shyness in monitoring all your WiFi wireless connections.

I’ve been using a VPN service for quite a while where all my connections are encrypted to access my bank accounts and other password-secured sites.

Another advantage of VPN services is the choice of servers around the world. For example, without VPN access, open the web page of the techno section of the Montreal Journal or other is impossible if you are far away in Asia or Europe. To read your favorite types of articles, simply select one of the Montreal or Canadian servers with the VPN application on your phone or computer. The operation only takes a few seconds and you’re done. For the server Log or your bank, you are considered to be in the country. And the encrypted connection to the VPN server resumes immediately after a suspension or standby.

Last detail, a VPN service only secures your internet connections – Web, FaceTime, Messages, Facebook, WhatsApp, mobile applications, etc. – and not your telephone calls, unless you subscribe to a voice over IP service (VoIP, eg

I will soon be reporting my experience with the VPN subscriptions I have used over the past few years here.


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