Cloud Backup and Remote Access - The Official IDrive Blog

  • 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!

  • ITPro Gives RemotePC Team 5 Stars

    An affordable remote access solution is a great way for organizations to be sure that their employees can remain productive and efficient no matter where they are working from. RemotePC gives the ability to access your office computer and network with no disruptions, making it simple to do everything as if you were there.

    ITPro recently took a look at RemotePC’s Team plan, which they determined is a great solution for smaller organizations and businesses to provide their employees with reliable and affordable remote access. 

    RemotePC Team allows admins to create unlimited users and add them into groups via a central management web portal, making it easy to keep track of users and keep them organized, as ITPro points out. 

    Feature-wise, RemotePC Team comes with all the tools you’ll need, including remote access to Mac, Windows, Android, and iOS devices, chat, file transfer, remote printing, session recording, and collaborative sessions.

    ITPro also notes that Vision and Meeting, two useful add-ons to RemotePC, are also included with all plans. Vision provides users with live video and audio streaming for Android and iOS devices, making it easy to provide live support with any issue. Meeting gives users the ability to have instant or scheduled live video conference sessions with unlimited participants.

    Security is one of the most important aspects of remote access, so RemotePC gives users the option of protecting their sessions with a personal key. The “Trusted Devices” option helps to enhance security by triggering an email to the account holder when there is any attempt to connect from a new location. Also, no matter what type of connection you use, all communications between the host and remote computers are AES-256 encrypted.

    All in all, the final verdict from ITPro:

    “SMBs seeking an affordable cloud-hosted support solution will find RemotePC Team 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.”

    Thanks to ITPro for the review!

  • Work From Home Essentials with IDrive and RemotePC – Cloud Backup & Remote Desktop

    Many organizations across the world have recently adopted a work from home strategy to help combat COVID19 and assist their employees in being safe while still being productive. 

    However, working from home has its challenges, so it’s important to have software solutions that can help users easily access their remote desktop, as well as solutions that allow users to manage backups of critical files on their office computers from wherever they are. You never know what could happen to your work computer while you’re away, so it’s essential to be able to schedule and monitor regular backups of your files.

    Combining IDrive Online Backup and RemotePC is a perfect method to ensure that employees can easily check on the health of their backups, as well as access anything else they need to do on their office computer.

    With IDrive, users can easily sync their backed up files across all of their devices and access them from anywhere, so you’re essentially able to carry all of your files with you. This makes it easy to be away from the office and still be able to access any file as needed, from any device.

    Working from home however requires more than just accessing files, so a remote access solution that lets you access your office computer from your home office or any remote desktop and control it as if you were in front of it is just as critical. 

    With RemotePC, you can gain direct access to your computer and network via the web or desktop application, and it includes many features that make it a secure and efficient tool such as:

    • Effortlessly view and transfer files
    • Drag and Drop files from your remote desktop to your computer and vice versa
    • Chat – send and receive messages between remote computers
    • Security – remote access is secured with TLS v 1.2 / AES-256 encryption; Personal Key acts as a secondary password to access each machine.
    • User Management – conveniently organise users into groups, monitor their web activity, via a user-friendly web console.
    • Blank Host Screen – the screen of your distant computer blanks out, therefore no one can view your activities.

    For situations where face-to-face communication is necessary, RemotePC also offers RemotePC Meeting, a secure, business class online meeting solution. Meeting gives users instant video conferencing abilities, allowing for unlimited participants. RemotePC Meeting comes as a free add-on with all plans.

    Using IDrive and RemotePC can go a long way in giving businesses peace of mind knowing that their employees’ data is secure, and they have all the tools necessary to remain productive while working from home.

  • LifeHacker Chooses IDrive as Best Value Cloud Storage

    When deciding which cloud storage service to use, the two main things that most people look at first are cost and storage space. There are many services out there that provide different features and functionality for various types of users, and if you want the largest amount of storage space for the lowest cost and to still have all of these features, then LifeHacker says to go with IDrive Online Backup.

    In LifeHacker’s latest round up of the best cloud backup services at different pricing levels, IDrive swept the paid categories, coming in as the best cloud storage plan for under $5, under $10, and under $20 per month. With 5TB and 10TB plans, no other service comes close to that amount of space for such a low cost.

    So far in 2020, IDrive has been sweeping the awards lists, including PC Mag Editor’s Choice, IGN’s Best Overall Backup Service, Tom’s Guide Best Cloud Backup, and many more. This is due not only to the affordability and amount of storage space provided, but also the fact that IDrive is packed with features that other companies may not offer, or if they do, at a higher cost. 

    Some of these features are:

    • Multi-Device Backup – backup an unlimited amount of devices into a single account
    • IDrive Express – quick backup and retrieval of data in less than a week via physical storage shipment, ensuring no bandwidth usage.
    • Online File Sync – files and folders will be synced in real time across all the devices using IDrive
    • Security and Privacy – transfer and store files with 256-bit AES encryption using a user-defined key that is not stored anywhere on the servers.

    Thanks again to LifeHacker for the review!

  • Mashable Chooses IDrive as the Best Service for all your Backup Needs

    There’s never been a busier time for cloud-based services, as Mashable points out, and with more and more businesses working fully remotely, it’s vital that you have some sort of backup service to store all of your essential files and be able to access them from anywhere.

    Why store files in the cloud? Because you never know what can happen, and whether you’re a personal user storing family photos or a business user protecting important documents, you’ll want to have peace of mind knowing that your files will be accessible and data secured no matter what.

    Choosing the right backup service for your needs can be confusing, so Mashable put together a list of the Best Cloud Storage Services to help you out, with IDrive coming out on top as the best service for all your backup needs. 

    According to the review, “IDrive is like a checklist of everything most people could want from a cloud storage service.” 

    Mashable notes that IDrive is fast, easy to use, and comes with excellent security so users can be sure that their files are safe at all times. IDrive also allows for backup of an unlimited number of devices including Macs, PCs, iOS, and Android, as well as NAS devices and servers.

    The bottom line:

    “Suitable for pretty much all cloud backup needs, IDrive is a great all-rounder for personal use and small businesses alike.”

    Thanks to Mashable for the review.

  • Techradar rates RemotePC Meeting at 4 stars!

    As TechRadar points out, organizations across the world are becoming more and more dependent on remote workers, but this comes with some new challenges, especially when it comes to communication. Being able to meet face to face securely with your colleagues, just like you would in person, can go a long way in helping businesses maintain productivity without disruptions.

    The best way to accomplish this is simply by using video conferencing software, and with so many options out there, TechRadar took a look at RemotePC Meeting to see how it stacks up.

    RemotePC Meeting comes included with all of RemotePC’s remote access plans, and is propped up by features that are designed to simplify collaboration. These features include:

    • Create a meeting instantly and share via a clickable link
    • Add unlimited team members to a Meeting
    • Several built in individual and group text chat tools
    • Share screen to deliver presentations
    • Record and save meetings as audio or video files for future use
    • Whiteboard allows users to draw and brainstorm ideas with other participants

    One of the most critical aspects of any video conferencing software is security, so RemotePC Meeting comes with many tools to help you monitor who joins your Meeting. All video and audio streams are fully encrypted, and admins can set a password or require permission for each attendee.

    The final verdict:

    “Overall, we were very impressed with the useability of RemotePC Meeting’s video conferencing tools. It’s a powerful yet intuitive app that comes with numerous tools to streamline remote collaboration.”