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How to Use Your Laptop in South Korea

Many people travel to South Korea to escape the realities of work and responsibilities, but find that being out of touch with the world can have some stresses of its own. Take your laptop when you visit South Korea, and you'll have peace of mind knowing that your familiar life is just a click away. Using your laptop in South Korea is easy when you follow the these procedures.

Purchase a short-term insurance policy for your laptop before you travel to South Korea. If your laptop were stolen, this plan would recover your costs. See "Who Can Help with This" below for more information.

Prepare for differences in electricity. You will need an adapter plug to accommodate for plug types C and F in South Korea. You may also need a transformer. Check the transformer block on your laptop to see what voltage capacity it handles. If it cannot handle 220 to 230V, then you will also need to obtain a transformer.

Pack an Internet connection kit that contains a spare phone cord, an extra Ethernet network cable, a phone adapter, and a surge protector. You may not need all of these items, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

Choose a hotel that provides a dataport for laptop modems and free high-speed Internet access. You'll be able to connect to the Internet right from your hotel room. This will save you time and money.

Locate Wi-Fi hotspots to use your wireless Internet on the go. See "Who can Help with This" below to learn how to search a massive directory of Wi-Fi hotspots and find locations in South Korea close to where you'll be vacationing.

Use an encryption program to back up sensitive data in case your laptop falls into the wrong hands. Truecrypt, a free program, is an easy program to use because the encryption is real-time and automatic. The correct password will decrypt the data for you.

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