Cloud Backup and Remote Access - The Official IDrive Blog

  • 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.”

  • Introducing RemotePC Meeting – a secure business class online video conferencing tool

    As use of remote access services continues to rise to help people work from home, it’s important that these services are providing all the tools to help workers be just as effective at home as they would be in the office. To continue to assist workers who are working remotely, RemotePC has added RemotePC Meeting for free to all accounts, letting you join and host online video meetings from your home office desk, a conference room, or any remote location.

    RemotePC Meeting is a video conferencing solution which allows business organizations to conduct online meetings over the Internet with unlimited participants. This gives you a highly secure way to meet face to face with your colleagues for collaboration with no time limits, no matter where they are in the world.

    Built-in collaboration tools help you to communicate with your associates, making RemotePC Meeting a convenient way to get the job done as a team. These tools include:

    Dial in via phone – overcome poor Internet connections and join meetings by dialing in through your phone (support for international numbers).
    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.
    Session 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.

    When compared with Google Meet, RemotePC Meeting has a few advantages, the main one being that we offer a desktop application for situations where users have non-compatible browsers.

    On the other hand, compared with another competitor, Zoom, Meeting does not require you to download the desktop client, letting you access meetings from compatible browsers. Meeting also does not limit meeting length, whereas Google Meet limits meetings to one hour with the free version, and Zoom 40 minutes.

    RemotePC Meeting is highly secure, requiring all meeting attendees to be invited to join. Additionally, hosts can choose to password protect meetings or enable admin permissions when joining. All meetings are also secured with encryption.

    To schedule meetings directly from your Google, Yahoo, or Outlook calendars, there is a Meeting Scheduler Chrome Extension, allowing hosts to easily send calendar invitations so attendees can join with a single click.

    RemotePC Meeting is available as a FREE add on with all RemotePC plans and can also be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play Store.

    Start meeting now!

  • PC Mag names IDrive as one of the Best Cloud Storage and File Sharing Services for 2020

    If you’re one of the many people who have transitioned to working from home in recent months, you know how helpful it can be to have an easy way to share files across different devices, as well as with your colleagues. To accomplish this, PC Mag points out that online file storage, sharing, and syncing services could be the best way to go.

    PC Mag did a roundup of the Best Cloud Storage and File Sharing Services for 2020 to help users decide which solution is the best for their needs, and they chose IDrive as the best choice for low-cost backup and syncing.

    What made IDrive standout among all the great services out there?

    First off, IDrive is easy to set up, giving users the option of a private encryption key for an extra layer of security. IDrive also supports email-based two-factor authentication for accessing its web and mobile apps.

    File Sync with IDrive gives you instant access to your most critical files from any one of your connected devices. You simply have to enable the sync feature in settings. You can also share these synced files from your computer, mobile device, or via the web with your friends or associates for collaborative access.

    Backup is offered with most cloud services, and it’s what IDrive does best. Unlimited device backup is a big point for PC Mag, since IDrive is one of the only services that allows you to backup ALL of your devices into a single account at no extra charge. IDrive also lets you backup an entire disk image, so if you ever find your hard drive beyond repair, you can restore a previously working version of your system with the structure and OS intact.

    IDrive also performed best when it comes to upload speeds. Coming in at a price point lower than most services, PC Mag concludes: “You won’t find a better overall online backup service than the full-featured IDrive, especially for the price.”

  • Why isn’t there an ‘operation mask speed?’

    Mid March, 2020. The USA implemented some sort of an economic shutdown with stay at home, shelter at home suggestions at most locations. Fair enough. New Virus, very little known data at the time. Need to buy some time, for the medical system to catch up, to study, keep the cases limited and find possible solutions. Understandable.

    Early April. It is clear that masks do help in containing the spread of the virus. At least it helps from spreading out if the infected person wears it. Not enough medical grade masks were in stock nationwide at the time, so a makeshift mask made at home is still good. This was a good call. If it was done a few weeks earlier, it would have probably saved half the 100k lives who perished. But still, better late than never.

    Now, this is the United States of America, the most industrialized nation in the world. A short term shortage of professional-grade masks for everyone is understandable. But by Mid April, it was crystal clear that masks help.

    If homemade masks help, wouldn’t professional-grade masks even be better? There are some charts out there that show that a homemade mask can prevent 30% of virus transmission if worn only by the healthy person, and 5% if worn only by the infected person, and 1.5% of both infected and healthy people both wear. Now, these percentages are not proven or certified by any authority. But no one questions the relative effectiveness of both parties wearing the masks.

    If N95 or KN95 or equivalent masks were made available to EVERY person in America and requested to wear in any public setup of 2 people or more within a certain distance, the virus has literally no chance of transmission. Mathematically virus transmission rate would be 95% of 5%, which is 0.05%, a very tiny number. The virus would have no chance.

    It is not cheap to provide enough of these masks to everyone, but it is a minuscule of the cost to the economy and health that we already have paid dearly.  This is a guaranteed solution to get out of this in one to two months. No second wave. Vaccine is a long shot. Hope that works too. Operation mask speed is more practical and may possibly be the ONLY solution to get out of this mess quickly.

    In hindsight, if we knew all this back in March, there was not even a need to close down anything. This should have been the solution of choice if we had enough of these in stock.

    Anyways, now, private and public enterprises should focus their efforts towards production and supply of these masks to everyone at an unprecedented scale and should be the Manhattan project of 2020. This is a guaranteed 100% solution to the virus problem.

  • Tech Times Rates RemotePC as the Best Remote Support Software

    If you’re an IT Technician who provides technical assistance to your customers, you know how difficult it can be to have to travel to each location separately to perform your duties. Likewise, if you’re an organization who needs to receive technical support somewhat regularly, it can be frustrating to have to wait for your IT person to get there to help.

    This can all be avoided now thanks to today’s technology, which now allows IT Technicians to remotely access your troubled devices and solve the issues from anywhere. 

    If you’re on the hunt for a remote support solution that fits your needs, Tech Times did a roundup of their Top 5 Best Remote Support Software solutions, with RemotePC coming out on top.

    Tech Times notes that RemotePC allows users to access their computers from the web, desktop application, or mobile applications for iOS or Android, which means they have access from absolutely anywhere at any time.

    RemotePC also offers several options for communication between you and your client so you can work together in real-time. These options include voice chat, online messaging, as well as a whiteboard option. 

    Tech Times also appreciates that RemotePC has options for home or business use as it’s highly secure, scalable, and affordable.

    Thanks to Tech Times for the review!