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  • 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!

  • TechRadar Gives RemotePC 4.5 Stars, chosen as the Best Remote Desktop Software Solution

    As more and more companies look to find a reliable work from home solution, choosing the proper software for your business needs is critical in order to ensure that your employees remain just as productive at home as they would be in the office. 

    This means having access to office network resources securely and without disruption, and according to TechRadar’s latest Remote Desktop Software Review, RemotePC is the best choice for your business. 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 points out that the interface is modern and easy to use, letting users access all utilities from the menu at the top. 

    The final verdict from TechRadar?

    “All in all, RemotePC is fast, secure, and easy-to-use remote desktop software, with lots of features, an affordable price-tag, and easy scalability that businesses will appreciate.”

  • Business News Daily Chooses IDrive as the Best Cloud Backup Solution for Small Businesses

    If you’re a small business owner, you’re well aware that one of the biggest threats to the continuity of your business is data loss. Disasters, accidents, or ransomware attacks can wipe out everything without warning, and the costs to recover could end up putting your entire business in jeopardy.

    As Business News Daily points out in their cloud backup review, “protecting your business is more than mounting security cameras and locking your doors – it extends to safeguarding your online data, too.”

    The review points out that IDrive is the best choice for small businesses, and this is due to our comprehensive cloud features which include online backup, cloud storage, and file sharing capabilities.

    Some business features that make IDrive stand out include:

    • Automated sync through scheduled or continuous backups
    • Group management capabilities
    • Unlimited users, computers, and servers
    • Scale your plan as your needs change
    • Data is securely transferred and stored with 256-bit AES encryption

    The review also pointed out Snapshots, which is a feature that retains versions of your computers or servers in storage, allowing you to back up and restore your system to how it was at previous points in time.

    The final verdict from Business News Daily?

    “IDrive’s versatile and easy-to-use platform is packed with features to back up, store, share and recover your company’s data – it’s the best cloud storage solution for small businesses.”

  • Windows Central chooses IDrive as Best Online Cloud Backup Service of 2020

    For many people, using an external hard drive or two is usually enough for them to feel that their data is secure, but as our world becomes more and more digital, it’s good to have an extra layer of protection. As Windows Central points out, a cloud backup service can go a long way in giving you peace of mind by ensuring your critical data is safe, and you can access all your files from anywhere without having to carry around any extra hardware.

    To make it easier for you to choose a backup service, Windows Central did a roundup of the best cloud backup services for 2020, and they chose IDrive as the best choice to backup all of your devices. 

    What makes IDrive the standout among all the other services out there?

    • Applications for Windows, Macs, Android, and iOS
    • Secured with 256-bit AES encryption and an option for a key that only you know
    • Free 5GB version
    • Quick transfer speeds
    • Backup any number of devices into a single account

    The overall verdict from Windows Central?

    “If we’re picking one, IDrive is likely going to appeal to most people. You can back up an unlimited number of devices to a single account, and you can even backup disk images to protect your entire PC, OS and all. It’s easy to use, transfer speeds are relatively fast, and there are competitively priced plans for different types of users.”

    Thanks to Windows Central for the review!

  • Remotely Access your Linux Machines with RemotePC

    Having the ability to connect to your remote computers from anywhere in the world gives you the flexibility to be productive no matter where you are. 

    RemotePC is already compatible with most devices, allowing access to and from any PC, Mac, Android, or iOS device, but now you can connect to your Linux machine remotely from any device as well.

    What does RemotePC offer?

    • Platform Independent – Access your remote computer from any PC, Mac, or Linux machine, iOS and Android device, or via the web.
    • Perform functions like lock screen, blank host screen, adjust the screen of the remote computer, and block remote input during a session.
    • Track your activities with remote access logs and web activity logs.
    • Robust Security – Remote access is secured with TLS v 1.2 / AES-256 encryption; Personal Key acts as a secondary password to access each machine.

    Get started and establish a remote connection to your Linux machine:

    • Connect and Control – After the application is downloaded on your Linux machine, login to your account and remotely connect to any computer configured to your account.
    • Access via Web – Connect to remote computers right from your web browser via Viewer Lite, without the hassle of any additional software installation.
    • Perform Multiple Tasks – Remotely open log files, send key combinations, send error reports, and enter or exit full screen of the remote computer.

    Supported versions of Linux OS:

    Debian (9,10), 

    Ubuntu (16, 18)

    RPM – RHEL (7), CentOS (7,8), Fedora (29, 30)

  • Tom’s Guide names IDrive as Best Cloud Backup Service

  • Working from home made easy with RemotePC

    As more and more companies start enabling their employees to work from home, it’s important that they provide the tools that will make connecting to their work computer easy, secure, and reliable.

    Since working from home often requires access to many resources that are kept on your office network, it is essential that employees are able to make a remote connection in order to ensure minimal disruption to normal work processes. Using a remote access solution such as RemotePC is the best way to be sure that employees are able to do exactly what they would be doing at work, from the comfort of their home.

    RemotePC allows employees to have reliable, encrypted access from one computer to another simply by installing the software on their work computers and accessing it from whatever computer they choose. The ability to do this gives businesses flexibility when it comes to situations where workers may not be able to make it into the office, but still need to remain productive from home. 

    RemotePC offers multiple plans that will fit the needs of businesses of many sizes, including the Consumer/SoHo plan for access up to 10 computers, the Team Plan for 50 computers or more, and the Enterprise Plan for 100 computers or more.

    The Team Plan gives administrators the ability to:

    • Manage Users – Organize users into groups, view remote access/web activity logs for users, via the web console.
    • Create groups of users and move them between multiple groups.
    • Add any number of users by inviting them to create an account within the main account.

    The Enterprise Plan gives admins ultimate control over their users, including features such as:

    • Remote Deployment – Allow deployment for users and grant them permission to install RemotePC on other computers and access them remotely.
    • Computer Grouping – Add computers, organize them into groups, and view the most recently accessed computers.
    • User Management – Create new user accounts, organize them into groups, provide access permissions and more.
    • Group Policy Management – Remotely deploy the RemotePC application on one or multiple computers via Windows Server.

    Get started with RemotePC today to make sure your employees can stay productive no matter what.