Digital Nomad Tips | Connectivity


One of the most essential things a digital nomad has to do is stay in touch with their clients, coworkers, family and friends. Being location independent means that you have to be easier to reach when you are at your computer since it’s really a non phone job so online is the only way anyone will be able to find you.

There is no shortage of good, reliable, secure, and free connectivity software. While we’ve picked out some of the most common, you’ll find many more with a few quick web searches. We’ve highlighted some of the differences and what each of these software tools excels at below.

Digital Nomad Essential: Skype

  • skype s logoSkype – Call other Skype users for free, connect with landlines and cell phones for low rates, and chat with your friends all over secured channels with Skype. It does just about everything you could ask from a program to keep you in contact with everyone you need to. On top on everything the Skype program already does, Skype offers Skype hardware phones, a Skype application for iPhone, and special offers for business offers (that means you digital nomads!)

Other Connectivity Programs

All of the listed programs work on Windows and Mac.

  • Meebo – A web-based instant messaging service that can integrate all of your IM accounts (i.e. Google Chat) and encrypt your chats as well. Meebo doesn’t require a download, it can be completely run from a Web browser.

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  • LogMeIn – This free remote desktop service lets you securely connect to your other computers at the office or home, all through a Web browser. Easier to setup and use than a traditional VPN, LogMeIn gives you the ability to connect to all of your other computers and use them as if they were right in front of you.
  • HotSpot Shield – This free VPN is based in the US meaning you can connect to US-only websites like Netflix when you’re not in the country. The only drawback is that it is ad-heavy.

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