Remote Computer Access Software

Having remote computer access software has been both a blessing and a bust for Mr. Tunnelvision because now his boss expects a whole lot more out of him than before. Just why can't these computer geniuses leave well enough alone? Mr. TV recently saw the unnerving aspect of this whole remote pc access software in practice on the day there was trouble with his computer at work and a technician from four states away actually took control of his workstation and the mouse arrow started moving around the screen while he just sat and stared. What really blew TV's mind was the fact that the tech made a comment about how cute the wallpaper picture of his grandchild was. There goes the last vestige of privacy.

In reality, having remote computer access software installed at a person's office computer and then at the home computer opens up brand new ways of being productive. Think about the day an employee gets a terrible migraine and has to go home to lie down for a few hours. The problem is an important white paper has to be researched in the company archives and completed before nine the next morning. With the remote pc access software on the both her office computer and her laptop at home, the executive can leave without guilt or remorse. She begins to feel good again about eight in the evening, and she sits down at the kitchen table with coffee in hand and opens up the desktop at her office computer and goes to work. By two in the morning the paper is complete and sent to the proper personnel. Every program, every file, every program access at work is available for her access at home.

The real problem with these software packages has been reliability and security. Remote access software from years past has often caused the computer being accessed to freeze up. Once that happens, the fun is over, unless the accessed desktop is just upstairs. In addition, older versions of this application have been very slow and sometimes caused the accessed computer to act in some pretty bizarre manners. But the tide has turned in the development of these software packages. First, improvements have been made to the two software package application where both the host and the accessed pc need the software, but secondly, more successful applications have a website to join the two that brings more stability to the exchange of information. In addition, the remote computer access software that uses a website to assist in the transfer of information is also much more secure, because the connection is 128 bit AES encrypted rather than user-settable.

In terms of using this type of access program, it is very easy and simple. A user can just go the website of the company and log in and within a few seconds on a fast connection, the user is connected to the distant pc. Within a very short amount of time, the user actually sees the desktop of the remote pc and can do just about everything a person could if one were sitting at the accessed desktop. Things like collecting email, alter or producing word processing documents, running a spreadsheet or other tasks. The user can also transfer files between the two computers. There is nothing to have set in the control panel.

"Judge not that ye be not judged." (Matthew 7:1) For remote pc access software services using a website, it is not unlikely that a person will have to subscribe for the service rather than a onetime fee for use. Subscription costs run almost two hundred dollars a year for one desktop access and more as the numbers rise. The possibilities of remote computer access software and services are astounding and can possibly change how business is done. Consider the following scenarios:

Hard headed Tunnelvision keeps on grousing about less and less privacy and that remotely accessing other pcs just seems wrong to him. Oh, but things change on the day Mr. TV gets a call from his seven year old grandson at two in the afternoon to come watch the little guy play at four. Tunnelvision is racing to get a report for the boss done before the head honcho leaves for a business trip the next day. All the figures are in company accounting files. Depression and guilt fill TV's head as the guy who is about eight years behind the times tells the grandson that seeing the game is not possible today. He hangs up the phone, and then with a shout remembers what a blessing it is to live in 2008 and rushes out the door to make the two hour trip across the state to watch the little boy smack a homerun to win the game. At 7:45 that night, TV sits down and uses the remote pc access software to use the desktop at work and emails the completed report by 11:30.

For the woman salesperson that is having trouble sleeping in a Paris hotel and can't stand French television, she pulls out her laptop and uses the remote pc access software to watch American television. It's a comedy. She laughs and falls asleep, ready to make the big presentation tomorrow. Isn't it a remarkable world we live in? If it were possible to use this software to control the next door neighbor's dog that won't quit barking, billions could be made.

Free Remote Computer Access

Any PC user can benefit from web based remote access because it gives them the ability to use any computer from any location. Sometimes it's easier to store specific information on one particular computer rather than to keep such information on a thumb drive or some other storage device. Plus, PC users never know where they will be when they need that information. This technology makes it convenient and easy to obtain files or information that is only stored on one particular computer. With remote software or services, the PC user only needs to hop on a PC with an Internet connection to use his own PC. Although it's a very easy (and sometimes free) service to use, deciding on which remote company or software to use can take time and research.

Students and business people alike find that having free remote computer access is not only convenient but helpful. A college student may have to travel home for spring break, yet she's still working on an important project. The software for the project is only on her dorm PC. Instead of packing up her entire PC to drag home, she uses her remote connection through the home computer and the Internet. Now she doesn't lose any progress on her project while she's away. A businessman who frequently travels has to get to his work PC frequently. He has a laptop, but many important files and pieces of software are only on his desk PC. With a remote connection to his desk computer, he can use his laptop to log on to his desk PC from anywhere with a wireless Internet connection. He can check his email, edit document and spreadsheets, and even conduct systems checks remotely.

Web based remote access is not only beneficial to students and business people, it is also used by many tech professionals. Imagine calling an tech professional and trying to explain a system problem. Plus, if the tech help is out of town or too far away to come over in a timely manner, the customer could be stuck with a broken PC. With remote abilities, the tech professional can tap into the customer's PC to see exactly what's going on. The customer can even watch the tech professional use the PC remotely and see how they fix the problem. Although free remote computer access costs nothing, IT services do have a price tag. Plus, by giving these tech services the key to one's PC, there is a chance of information falling into the wrong hands. "Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding" (Proverbs 9:6). Always be sure to hire a trusted troubleshooting service that has a strict privacy and remote access policy. Tech professionals should never be allowed to use a customer's PC without permission, and what they are allowed to get to on the PC should be limited to what is necessary to fix the system.

Using free remote computer access is incredibly easy. Most websites that offer the software will provide detailed directions and even screen shots. Take a look at these before signing up for anything. Downloading is usually a step-by-step process. The only information that the PC user needs is a log-in, password, and the SSH server. The user also needs to be using the computer that he wants to access remotely. Once signed up for the services, the computer user only needs to be on a laptop or PC with Internet access. On this computer, the user needs to log on to the access services website. The user name and password will then pull up a list of PCs to access. By clicking on one of the PCs, the user is instantly transferred to her own desktop. From there, she can do whatever she needs to do just as if she's sitting down right in front of the PC.

Not all web based remote access services are free. Some services are marketed by companies through monthly subscriptions or annual packages. These amounts can vary, but they can be around $20 per month or $200 or more annually, depending on the services selected. If a computer user, such as a business owner, is looking to use multiple PCs remotely, it may be best to seek out one of these subscription services. Not only will the business owner be able to access all business computers, the remote service could also offer to help with troubleshooting remotely. Compared to some free software, paid services can also sometimes work faster, depending on the distance from the home or work PC and the means that the services uses. Therefore, it may be worth paying for.

Whether it's free remote computer access or not, the PC user needs to make sure that the software or service is compatible with the PC's system. Some software may not be compatible with Vista, or others may be designed for Macintosh specifically. PC users must also remember that the access services or software may not work with games or software that requires special hardware for 3D graphics. If this is a major concern, the PC user will need to contact the web based remote access service to make sure of the limitations. Any questions or concerns should always be addressed before subscribing to services or downloading software, even if it's free. PC users who are unsure about what service to choose should ask family and friends for their recommendations. Customer reviews are also extremely helpful and can be found all over the Internet. A little homework, even for something free, can go a long way toward avoiding hassle.

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