No one has time these days to go back and forth between locations to access files or wait for an IT specialist to physically present to the office. The time-saving solution is obvious – remote digital access. Our top three remote desktop access programs are:
Teamviewer supports Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, and iOS, and is free for personal use. It’s probably the most obvious alternative to LogMeIn. Not only does Teamviewer offer remote support and remote management—as in you don’t necessarily have to have the remote side set up before you need to connect—it also comes with useful features like wake-on-LAN to wake up a sleeping computer and put it back to sleep when you’re finished, file transfer capabilities, clipboard passthrough and support for connecting from mobile devices like phones or tablets. Teamviewer even supports online meetings and collaboration, so multiple people can connect to one host or share a session if they need to.
Splashtop supports Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, and iOS, and is free for personal use (up to five computers, and depending on how you use it). It’s perhaps most notable as a tool that allows you to stream audio and video across computers with minimal latency, so if you love watching movies on your tablet that are stored on your desktop but don’t want to deal with apps or compatibility issues, Splashtop is a great tool. It’s not limited to that though—You can use the applications on your remote device like you were sitting right there, manage files without transferring them first in their own native applications.
VNC, or Virtual Network Computing, is less of a specific product and more of a platform. It uses existing protocols to send keyboard and mouse actions to a remote computer, and in turn it sends the screen from that remote system back to your viewer. Depending on the VNC client and server software you use, you get more features, like clipboard syncing, file sync and transfer, and more. That’s the catch though—there’s a VNC client and server that supports every operating system, mobile and desktop, and as long as you know what you’re doing and set it up properly, you’ll be able to connect to any system you control, anywhere you have internet access, completely for free. The “Official” VNC software is RealVNC, which offers its client and server apps for Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, and even Chrome for free (but will happily add features and support if you’re willing to pay for them).
Regardless of which program you decide to go with, just make sure your security protocols are up-to-date.
BNI Operatives: Situationally aware.
As always, stay safe.