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  • RemotePC Introduces Mobile Screen Sharing for Android and iOS — RemotePC ScreenShare

    RemotePC has released RemotePC ScreenShare, enhancing communication by enabling users to share their mobile screen with anybody, at any time.

    RemotePC ScreenShare lets users broadcast their iPhone or Android screen quickly and easily to any device or web browser in real time. 

    This is a very useful solution for companies looking to explore different ways to communicate and collaborate while not being able to have in-person meetings and presentations. With no software installation required for a screen sharing session, RemotePC ScreenShare allows for:

    • Quick collaboration between coworkers
    • Enhancing client communication by sharing demos, presentations, or other applications in real time
    • Mobile remote support

    All of this makes it easy for users to facilitate real time feedback for business presentations or mobile app demos as the client can view the host navigating through the interface and making live changes.

    It is also helpful for situations where a user needs mobile support. They can simply share their screen with a technician and have their problems resolved instantly.
    RemotePC ScreenShare is available for free in Google Play and the App Store.

  • Remote Desktop Software – What is it and how can it help your business?

    The past year has seen many companies shift to a remote workforce to keep their employees safe and healthy during the pandemic, and for many this could end up being a more permanent solution. For this to be effective, employees need to be able to connect to their work computers from home so they can access everything as if they were in the office. A remote desktop solution such as RemotePC is the best way to accomplish this.

    How does it work?

    Remote desktop solutions work by allowing users to connect to their remote desktop from any location. Once connected, they can access their office network and perform tasks as if they were there.

    With RemotePC, the software simply needs to be installed on the remote computer that is being accessed, then users can connect from anywhere, including from any web browser.

    This ensures business continuity for teams that are working fully remotely by allowing them to set up workspaces from wherever they are most comfortable and productive. 

    Benefits of Remote Desktop Software

    While it may be inconvenient for some to be out of the office, using a service like RemotePC helps to make it a seamless transition. 

    The first benefit was already mentioned, but it’s important enough to mention twice: keeping employees safe and healthy during the pandemic, while still being productive. RemotePC offers the flexibility that enable users to do everything at home that they would be doing in the office, including:

    • Access your PC, Mac, or Linux machine from any device, anytime, anywhere
    • Effortlessly manage files, transfer data, and print documents remotely
    • Collaborate with associates by inviting them to access your machine and work on projects in real time

    Another benefit is that it allows users to resolve work emergencies from anywhere. If something comes up that requires immediate attention, users can instantly connect and get it handled, even when they’re on the move.

    Why RemotePC?

    As companies are continuing to accommodate remote working for the foreseeable future, it’s important that they choose the right solution for their business needs. What makes RemotePC a great choice?

    • Good price points with customizable plans for scaling
    • Great performance with low impact on system resources  
    • Easy set up in minutes
    • Access from web, desktop application, or mobile applications for iOS and Android
    • Secured with TLS v 1.2/AES-256 encryption for both remote computer access and file transfers, plus support for firewall and proxy servers.

    Sign up now to get started with fast, secure remote access for your business.

  • IDrive Releases ZipDrive – a Personal Edge Cloud for Unlimited Secure File Streaming

    ZipDrive, enables users to create their own personal edge cloud, that lets them stream, access, edit, play, and share files from wherever they are. 

    With ZipDrive installed, users can easily set up a personal cloud with data residing only on their computers, without having to move data to a third-party service. These files can be streamed from anywhere, appearing as is with the entire file-folder structure entirely intact.

    ZipDrive is the ideal solution for anybody who has a need for a file access or file sharing service, whether they are home users, professionals, or even small businesses. It’s perfect for telecommuters, allowing them to quickly access any file while on the go. 

    For users who take a lot of pictures on their phones, ZipDrive makes it easy to transfer photos and videos from their mobile devices to their computers with one click. It’s also a useful solution for teams who wish to co-edit MS Office files in real time, while the files get saved automatically.

    More features of ZipDrive include:

    • Easy setup – just install and run the ZipDrive application to turn any computer into a personal private cloud
    • Controlled access – users can enable their entire computer or select certain drives/folders for access
    • Access via web – access all documents, music, photos and videos from any web browser
    • Access via mobile device – connect to any online computer from your phone and browse files
    • Works on multiple platforms – works on PC, Mac, and Linux machines, as well as Android, iOS mobile phones
    • Stream music/videos – play music or video files directly from your computer from anywhere
    • Share files/folders with anybody via a secure share link

    All access sessions are secured with TLS v 1.2 to protect data in transit.
    ZipDrive offers a free plan for one computer with 5GB of streaming/month, as well as as a paid plan for unlimited data streaming starting at $9.95/year per computer.

  • TechRadar Chooses RemotePC as the Best Remote Access Software for 2021

    As companies are continuing to accommodate remote working for the foreseeable future, it’s important that they choose the right software solutions to help their employees remain just as productive working from home as they would be in the office.

    Selecting a reliable remote access solution is the best way to make sure employees can access their office computer and network from anywhere, and TechRadar makes this easy by ranking the top remote access solutions, with RemotePC coming out on top for 2021!

    This is mainly due to RemotePC having affordable plans that are easy to scale, business oriented features, and great security.

    What else helped RemotePC earn such a great score?

    Good price points with customizable plans for scaling
    Great performance with low impact on system resources
    Easy set up in minutes
    Access from web, desktop application, or mobile applications for iOS and Android
    Secured with TLS v 1.2/AES-256 encryption for both remote computer access and file transfers, plus support for firewall and proxy servers.

    RemotePC is able to run on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android devices, meaning all of your hardware is covered. It also includes built-in chat/voice chat, as well as Whiteboard features, helping to speed up collaboration.

    TechRadar also notes that RemotePC has an easy-to-use, modern interface and does a great job of scaling the screen with sharp and clear text and images.

    The final verdict?

    “We were impressed with the great performance of RemotePC, which was light on system resources but provided a smooth experience. Installation and setup was easy, even for multiple devices. All in all, RemotePC is a fast, secure, and easy-to-use remote desktop software, with lots of features, an affordable price-tag, and easy scalability that businesses will appreciate.”

  • Tom’s Guide Names IDrive as the Best Cloud Backup Service for 2021

    When it comes to protecting your data, either for your business or personally, it’s important that you find a reliable solution that stores your data at a separate location. All of your devices and your local backup could be wiped out in a single disaster, leaving you with no way to recover those critical files.

    As Tom’s Guide points out in their latest Cloud Backup review, the best cloud backup services will reliably help you avoid data catastrophes by copying your valuable information to an offsite server that never goes offline and can be reached from anywhere. 

    Tom’s Guide took several factors into consideration when determining which is the best solution, including storage costs, ease of file restoration, computer-resource usage, unique features and ease of use and installation. As it turns out, IDrive once again comes out on top when compared to other services.

    What made IDrive stand out?

    • IDrive Express – free data shipment option for larger uploads/restores
    • Fast upload speeds
    • Backups up mobile devices
    • Keeps old file versions forever

    The final verdict from Tom’s Guide?
    IDrive ranks consistently high on every review due to its great features and fair pricing structure. The software is available for Windows and  macOS computers as well as smartphones and tablets running Android or iOS, and there are command-line scripts for Linux machines.”

  • The Hybrid Office – How to be Prepared with RemotePC

    Since COVID-19 changed our lives drastically in 2020, workers around the world have settled into working remotely from the comfort of their homes or setting of their choice to avoid catching or spreading the virus. This has led to many questions going into 2021 for businesses who have to decide the best way to move forward, acknowledging the fact that many employees probably won’t be comfortable coming back to a full-time, in-office schedule as soon as things open up.

    In fact, a survey in May by Stanford University concluded that 55% of US workers would prefer a mix of home and office working. This is what’s becoming known as the “Hybrid Office,” providing employees with the sociability and structure of going to the office, along with the flexibility and independence of being able to work from wherever is best for them. This will also help avoid crowded office spaces while society recovers from the pandemic in 2021.

    Apart from the physical aspect of keeping their employees healthy, steps also need to be taken by companies to provide their employees with the tools they need to be efficient and successful working from home. 

    This is where a remote access service like RemotePC comes in. By enabling employees to access their work computers through any personal device including macs, PCs, or even Android and iOS devices, RemotePC allows users to have access to everything they need on their office network, making it simple to work from anywhere they choose.

    RemotePC is the perfect solution for companies looking to provide their employees with fast, secure remote access, including features such as:

    • Good price points with customizable plans for scaling
    • Remote deployment, computer grouping, and user management in Enterprise plan
    • Great performance with low impact on system resources  
    • Easy set up in minutes
    • Tools including file transfer, remote printing, chat, WhiteBoard
    • Secured with TLS v 1.2/AES-256 encryption for both remote computer access and file transfers, plus support for firewall and proxy servers.

    While questions still remain for companies about when and how to open their doors, they can have peace of mind knowing that their employees can access everything they need on their office computer by using RemotePC.

  • IDrive Launches IDrive® 360 – Enterprise-scale Endpoint Cloud Backup

    IDrive Online Backup has launched IDrive® 360, a secure, enterprise-scale endpoint cloud backup solution that allows IT admins to schedule and automate backups for all of their organizational data in a single account through a unified web console.

    Ideal for businesses of any size, IDrive® 360 enables IT departments to oversee data protection for their entire company, allowing them to implement backup plans for units, groups, or individual devices. This ensures that every bit of data generated by endpoint devices is backed up and ready to be recovered in case of a data loss disaster.

    The IDrive® 360 Management Console gives admins complete control over the configuration of the organizational backup structure, management of users and their access rights, and lets them monitor overall cloud storage utilization. This console can be accessed at any time from any web browser to perform all backup management tasks.

    Backing up with IDrive® 360 is the best way to make sure data is accessible no matter what happens, including features such as:

    • Automated backup – configure and schedule backup plans for all devices
    • Malware protection – snapshot restore up to 30 versions
    • Encrypted cloud storage – data is protected with AES-256 encryption on transfer and at rest
    • File-level Recovery – restore data from the cloud in almost real-time 
    • Point-in-time Restore – restore files instantly from any of the 30 versions

    The backup support by IDrive® 360 extends beyond built-in drives to include mapped drives and NAS devices.

    IDrive® 360 starts at $6.95 year one for 5TB of space per computer.

  • AskWoody deems RemotePC “An Excellent Tool for Accessing and Controlling PCs”

    RemotePC has been providing users with a secure, simple, and affordable way to access their remote computers from any device, allowing them to work from anywhere, and is now being recognized as one of the best remote access services available.

    In this latest review by Lance Whitney for AskWoody, RemotePC is considered one of the top services mainly due to its flexibility, enabling users to not only access and control their devices, but also to transfer files, use a digital whiteboard, chat with someone on the other end of the link, print remotely, record remote sessions, and remotely reboot the other machine. 

    RemotePC Meeting also comes included with all plans which allows for unlimited virtual meetings for times when face-to-face interaction is needed.

    It’s critical that users of remote access services have a secure connection, which is why RemotePC provides strong security and encryption, including a personal key for an extra level of protection. Users can also set up two-step verification to further protect their account.

    Setting up the service is a breeze according to the review, with the user just needing to download the host application on the host device and configure the settings, selecting whether they want to user a personal key, as well as allowing one-time access for short-term access or Always-on access so they can access the computer whenever they want. There are also other customizable features that help users personalize their experience such as custom backgrounds.

    Once the host is set up (the computer that is being accessed), there are three ways for users to connect to it: the Desktop Application, by signing in through the RemotePC website, or through the iOS or Android application from your mobile device. The review notes that the Desktop Application is the best way to access because it supports all the RemotePC features.

    Subscriptions start at just $29.50 per year (Consumer plan; $22.12, for the first year) for a single user accessing up to two systems. The SOHO plan costs $69.50 per year ($52.12 for the first year) and supports an unlimited number of users connecting to as many as ten computers.

    The final verdict?

    “Many of us are still adapting to working from home. Being productive requires, among many other things, a good set of hardware and software tools. Whether troubleshooting a friend’s or relative’s computer remotely or grabbing that forgotten file off an office workstation, RemotePC should provide the easy and reliable connections you need.”  – Lancy Whitney

    Thanks for the review!

  • RemotePC – Work from anywhere with Fast, Secure Remote Access

    As more and more businesses continue their transition to a permanent digital workforce, it’s critical that they provide their employees with a fast and reliable remote access solution so they can remain just as productive at home as they were in the office.

    RemotePC has been providing companies with a secure, simple, and affordable way to give all their employees access to their office computer from any remote desktop so they can keep working no matter what. 

    With RemotePC configured on their computers, users can access not only files but also use applications, play media files, print documents, transfer files, and much more.

    Having already received a 4-star rating from PC Mag for an “effortless, simple interface with a flat learning-curve, fast performance, easy file transfers between local and remote desktops, and being inexpensive,” RemotePC continues to make improvements, including significant improvements in performance for high resolution monitors.

    An easy to use interface is something that is critical for a remote access service, as businesses don’t want their employees to have any issues connecting to their office computers. RemotePC is very easy to use, which is why ITPro gave RemotePC 5-stars in their review, saying that “SMBs seeking an affordable cloud-hosted support solution will find RemotePC a great choice. The core services are easy to deploy and use, while the free Vision and Meeting apps add versatility to your remote support offering.”

    For remote access for businesses, chose RemotePC as the Best Remote PC Access Software of 2020. According to them, “for businesses needing a comprehensive solution that is easy to implement and access, we recommend RemotePC by IDrive. The company offers a variety of plans, each with extensive features and flat annual rates, which makes choosing a plan a breeze. RemotePC is easily scalable.”

    The RemotePC Enterprise Plan, featuring user management and computer management capabilities is well suited for large business organizations, while the Team plan best serves a set up with small independent teams that require remote access and user management. Both plans are easily customizable and can be scaled up to meet your needs. You also get RemotePC HelpDesk, a web-based high performance remote support solution,  as a free add-on with your Team and Enterprise subscriptions.

    These plans give admins complete control over user management, making it easy and affordable to scale if needed, which TechRadar points out in their RemotePC review. Combined with robust security features, TechRadar concluded RemotePC is worthy of 4.5-stars because “RemotePC is fast, secure, and easy-to-use remote desktop software, with lots of features, an affordable price-tag, and easy scale-ability that businesses will appreciate.”

  • Introducing EPYC – Secure Video Conferencing and AR Powered Video Sharing

    During a time where many companies have a need to continue to utilize the latest technologies to enhance their remote workforce due to COVID-19, it’s important that employees working from home have everything they need to easily meet and communicate with their associates, as not everything can be resolved through messaging or email.

    To help solve this need, RemotePC has launched EPYC, a video conferencing solution which allows organizations to conduct online meetings that are easy to host and join from anywhere. This gives users a highly secure and affordable way to meet and collaborate with their teammates with no time limits, no matter where they are in the world.

    EPYC allows users to schedule, host, and attend instant meetings quickly and effectively, including features that are specifically designed to make it simple for your digital workforce to meet. This includes:

    • Calendar Integration – create meetings and schedule it through Google, Yahoo or Outlook calendars. EPYC Chrome extension is also available. 
    • Meetings without time restrictions – host webinars and video conferences seamlessly with support for unlimited 1:1 and group meetings.
    • Dial in via phone – overcome poor Internet connections and join meetings by dialing in through your phone (support for international numbers).
    • Security – control who joins your meetings. All attendees require a meeting invite to join. Choose to password protect the meeting or enable admin permission for joining. All meetings are secured with encryption.

    For effective collaboration, EPYC includes many tools to help ensure that meetings can be as productive online as they are in person. These tools include:

    • Group and Private messaging – exchange messages and share file attachments with all the participants at a time or chat with individual participants.
    • Screen Sharing – deliver presentations, demonstrate an application or procedure by sharing your screen with other participants.
    • Unlimited Cloud Recording – capture your meetings for record-keeping; view or share recordings from the dashboard. Record unlimited amount of meetings
    • Whiteboard – brainstorm ideas with other attendees; draw on the whiteboard.
    • Virtual Background – use built-in background images to be meeting ready while working from home or any remote location.
    • Blur Background – create a blur effect in your background to maintain privacy during a meeting.

    Another useful tool built in to EPYC is RemotePC Vision, which allows organizations to transform their remote support with augmented reality powered live video sharing. This lets you see exactly what the person you are supporting is seeing, assisting in providing instant remote support when being on-site is not possible.

    A Free plan is available and plans start at $9.95/year/one host, which includes Unlimited 1:1 meetings, Unlimited group meetings, No time restrictions and Unlimited cloud recordings.

    Sign up for EPYC now to start meeting and collaborating with your team!