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Is it possible to add in someway 3G functionality, in addition to its WIFI function?
No.

There are third-party devices that can take a 3G cellular signal and turn it in to wifi, perhaps that would help you. Google "mi fi" to learn more about that option.

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I am often overseas, most hotels dont have WIFI in rooms,
Not sure where you're travelling, but I never stay in a hotel that does not offer wifi in the rooms free of charge. I just never do it, so it's never a problem.

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but rather cable or Ethernet connection plugs only or WIFI in their lobbies. How could I use it in rooms without WIFI?
Buy an inexpensive refurbished or used Airport Express. It's a tiny thing that takes no real room in your luggage, and along with a short ethernet cord, you simply plug it into your room's connection, and set up your own new "wifi network" (passworded for security, of course!).

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How do you make sure, your connection is secure while using a open public / password based WIFI connection?
Avoid doing any banking or super-sensitive stuff on public wifi spots you don't control. The risk is low but not zero.

On network you make (with the Airport Express or the Mi Fi type device), you can set a strong password, encrypt the transmission, turn off the SSID broadcasting, and lock it to the MAC address of your computer so that ONLY you can get on.

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How do you ensure that the content of your device is secure, even if it gets lost / stolen?
If it's lost or stolen, it's hard to say. But here's a few tips:

1. For a travelling laptop, you should ALWAYS set it to *automatically* log out after "x" amount of inactivity, or require a password to wake from sleep (or both!).

2. There are several software packages, from Apple's own "find my (device)" service via Mobile Me to third-party options that will try to let you know where the device is and who stole it. The effectiveness of these is limited but it can potentially be a lifesaver.

3. I'm not as sure these days as I used to be, but there's a "EFI" or "Open Firmware" password lock that will make it more difficult for thieves to get in. I would not be at all surprised to see Apple implement "remote wipe" capability to Macs at some point.

4. Ultimately, however, a thief can wipe or replace the HD, install a new system and carry on. At least your data will be safe.

5. Since you can't actually guarantee the perfect safety of your hardware or software, BACK UP.

6. You'll notice I didn't mention FileVault. I don't think much of it, particularly since there are superior alternatives, but it IS an option in SOME cases. Read up on it CAREFULLY before implementing, however ...
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