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Ask the MACist - Email While On The Road

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Welcome to the latest edition of 'Ask the MACist', the column where I answer your Macintosh and other technology questions. Our question this week comes from Jill in Silverlake. She asks: I travel quite a bit for work and need to check my email on the road. What's the best way to do that?

Accessing your email while out of town and away from your home or office is usually pretty easy to accomplish. Fortunately, most email providers (ISP's) offer ways to check email without the need for specific software other than a web browser like Safari or Firefox. For the more sophisticated and demanding user, there are a few other things to do which will allow you access to your important email while on the road as well. But for the most part, its better to just use a simple tool to accomplish your task.

Of course, the easiest way is to not even bother bringing along a laptop at all and just access your email via an internet cafe, Kinko's or hotel business center using a web browser. Most modern ISPs provide this service, called Web Mail, which allows you to go to their main website, or another site they designate, and log in using your email address and password to access your email online. No need for your own computer or anything, just a convenient one to borrow or rent for a few minutes (or hours).