Remote Desktop – Remote Access

Remote Access Computer – How to remotely access a computer

Need to access your work computer from home, or your personal computer from the road? Here’s how you can connect to a remote computer with Splashtop.

Remote Access Computer with Splashtop

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could always have access to your computer, even without taking it with you wherever you go?

With Splashtop, your computer will always be just a few clicks away! Using any other computer, tablet, or mobile device, you can remotely view and control your computer and feel as if you were sitting in front of it.

Splashtop’s powerful remote access platform gives you unlimited access to your remote computers. All you need is an internet connection and you’ll be able to take control of your computer, view your screen, open your files, and use any of your applications.

In this blog, we’ll show you how easy it is to access your remote computer from another computer, tablet, and smartphone device with Splashtop.

What Devices and Platforms Does Splashtop Support?

Splashtop supports remote access to computers running on Windows and Mac operating systems.

As for devices you can use to remote from, you can use any Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Chromebook device to access your remote computer.

Splashtop Remote Access platforms

How Does Splashtop Remote Access To Computers Work?

Splashtop works by installing a streamer app on the computers that you will need access to. The streamer application can be set to always run in the background when your computer is on. The streamer app will be tied to your Splashtop account. As long as the computer and streamer app is running, you’ll be able to initiate a remote connection to your computer at any time.

While on another device, you’ll be able to access the remote computer with the Splashtop Business app or by using a Chrome web browser. The Splashtop Business app is available for free for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices (you can get the mobile app from the iTunes store or the Google Play store). With a Chrome web browser you can use the Splashtop Business Chrome Extension to remote access your computer.

By using the Splashtop Business app and Splashtop Streamer, you’re able to easily start a remote session with just a couple clicks! No need to memorize computer names or the ip address. All you need to do is open the Splashtop app and click connect to access your computer.

So, to get started remote accessing your computer, you’ll need to get set up with Splashtop. Click the button below to start using Splashtop Business Access Pro for free. This 7-day free trial gives you full access to Splashtop Business Access Pro and doesn’t require a commitment or credit card to get started.

Once signed up, you can download the Splashtop Streamer on the computers you want to remotely access and the Splashtop Business app on the devices you’ll be remoting from. Keep in mind with Splashtop Business Access you can remote from an unlimited number of devices!

How Do I Start A Remote Access Session To My Computer?

Again, make sure you have the Splashtop Streamer installed on the computer you want to remote access.  Once you’ve done that, here’s how you can remote access your computer:

Remote Access Using the Splashtop Business App

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On your computer, tablet or smartphone, open the Splashtop Business app You should automatically be logged into your Splashtop account after setting up the app the first time. When the app opens, you’ll see a list of your remote computers that have the Splashtop Streamer installed.

Simply click on the computer you want to connect to and that’s it! In seconds you’ll see your remote computer screen pop up on your local device. From there you’ll have full control of your computer.

Remote Access Using a Web Browser

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Open a Google Chrome web browser. Make sure you have the free Splashtop Business Chrome Extension installed. Open the extension and make sure you’re logged into your Splashtop account.

From there, it’s just as easy as it is with the Splashtop Business app. Simply select your desired computer and click to start remote accessing. You’ll be instantly connected to your remote pc.

Why Splashtop is the Best Remote Access Software

Having Splashtop means never feeling disconnected from your computer again. Remote access gives you the freedom to work from home or anywhere in the world.

Splashtop gives you high definition quality, so you’ll see your screen in real time and feel like you’re sitting in front of it, even while using an iPad, iPhone, or Android device. Plus, you can have access to many great features such as drag and drop file transfer, screen sharing, and more.

Splashtop also keeps your connections secure with 256-bit AES encryption, two-factor authentication, and more security features. Your information will be safe with Splashtop, and you’ll be in compliance with your company’s policies.

Splashtop Business Access gives you unlimited access to your computers. No session time limits, and no limits to the number of times you can access your computer. You’ll also get to remote from an unlimited number of devices.

Splashtop remote access from iphone

When comparing Splashtop Business Access to other remote desktop software products, there’s no question that Splashtop offers the best value. When comparing packages with like-for-like features, Splashtop can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars a year when compared to LogMeIn, TeamViewer, and GoToMyPC.

Splashtop Business Access starts at just $5 per month. Compare that to LogMeIn Pro which starts at $30 per month and TeamViewer which starts at $49 per month*. (TeamViewer does have a free version however your sessions could be blocked if suspected of commercial use. You can see the full comparison between Splashtop and TeamViewer here).

Splashtop is also a great alternative to VPN and Microsoft RDP. You’ll get more reliable and secure remote access to your computer with Splashtop.

Start your free trial now and try remote accessing your computer now!

Need to remote access computers for support purposes? Read more about Splashtop Remote Support for unattended access or Splashtop SOS for attended, on-demand remote support.

* Source: TeamViewer US web site $49/month ($588/yr) list price for Single User plan, Feb 2019.

How Do I Set Up Remote Desktop?

You can use Splashtop remote desktop software to access your Windows and Mac computers from any other device. Here’s how you can get started in no time.

How to set up remote desktop

Remote desktop software enables you to access your computer from anywhere, even without taking it with you. With Splashtop Business Access you can use your computer, tablet, or mobile device to remotely access your computer. Once in a remote desktop session, you can take control of your remote computer as if you were right in front of it. You can open/edit files, use any application, and complete any task with ease.

In this article, we’re going to show you how you can set up Splashtop’s remote desktop software and start accessing your remote computers. Follow the steps below and you can be up and running with Splashtop for free in minutes.

Create your Splashtop Account

First, you’ll need to create your Splashtop Account. By clicking the button below, you can create your account and get a free 1-week trial of Splashtop Business Access. There is no credit card or commitment required to create your account and start your free trial.

How to Set Up Remote Desktop with Splashtop

After you’ve created your account and started your free trial, you’ll be able to install Splashtop on the devices you’re remoting from and remoting into. Here’s what you need to do to get set up:

Step 1 – Download the Splashtop Business App on the devices you want to remote from

With Splashtop Business Access, you can download and use the Splashtop Business App on an unlimited number of devices. You’ll use these devices to remote into the computer you’re connecting to. The app is available for Windows, Mac, iOS (iPhone and iPad), and Android.

Step 2 – Install the Splashtop Streamer on the computer you want to remote into

Next, you’ll want to deploy the Splashtop Streamer to the Windows and Mac computers you want to remotely access. Go to my.splashtop.com and log in with the same username and password you used to create your Splashtop Account. Once logged in, click the Add Computer button. From there you can edit your Streamer settings (such as setting it to always be on when the remote computer is on) and create the download link.

Send the download link to the computers you want to have access to. Once that link is opened on the computer, it will download the Splashtop Streamer and be tied to your account.

Step 3 – Connect using the Splashtop Business App

With the Splashtop Streamer and Splashtop Business App installed, you will be able to start a remote desktop session! Open the Splashtop Business App and sign in to your account. You should see a list of all the computers that have your Splashtop Streamer installed. These are the computers you have access to. Simply click to connect and you’ll remote into your desired computer instantly.

Why you Should Get Started with Splashtop Remote Desktop Today

Splashtop Business Access is a fast, secure, and easy to use remote desktop tool. It is a better alternative to VPN and RDP (remote desktop protocol) products, and costs up to 90% less than other remote access products.

Create your Splashtop Account and start your free trial now to use Splashtop’s remote desktop software. You’ll find out why 20 million people use Splashtop for over 500 million remote sessions and counting.

Check Out Splashtop’s Other Remote Access Solutions

Want to set up remote desktop for support purposes? MSPs, IT, support, and help desk teams can remotely access and support their end-users with the below Splashtop solutions. Free trials available!

  • Splashtop Remote Support: for MSPs and IT teams who want unattended remote access to their users’ computers to provide remote support.
  • Splashtop On-Demand Support (SOS): for IT, Support, and Help desk teams who need an attended, quick support solution to provide on-demand remote support to their users’ devices.

Drag-and-Drop File Transfer Between Windows and Mac with Splashtop Remote Desktop

Unlike most remote desktop products, Splashtop’s Drag-and-Drop File Transfer works cross-platform, so you can transfer files from PC to Mac and vice versa.

Drag and Drop Cross Platform

With Splashtop, you can quickly and securely transfer files (including large files) between computers, no USB needed. Splashtop’s core business solutions (Business Access, Remote Support, and SOS) give you the ability to remotely access computers from any other computer from anywhere in the world. With each of these products, you can transfer files between the local computer and the remote computer and vice versa.

Splashtop’s latest update introduced Drag-and-Drop File Transfer to each of the core business products listed above. With this new feature, you can simply select the file(s) you want transferred, drag it from its original desktop, and drop it into the other desktop to transfer it to that computer!

Plus, with Splashtop you can perform Drag-and-Drop File Transfer between Mac and Windows computers. Most remote access products only let you transfer files between computers running on the same operating system.

Want to try out Drag-and-Drop File Transfer in Splashtop? When you start a free trial of Splashtop Business Access, Remote Support, or SOS, you get full access to the product of your choice for 7 days and can test it out as much as you’d like.

You can get started with Splashtop Business Access (for individuals who want to access their computers remotely) by clicking the button below. No credit cards and no commitments required to start our free trials. And keep reading below to see Drag-and-Drop File Transfer with Splashtop in action.

How to perform Drag-and-Drop File Transfer from one computer to another

Again, with Splashtop’s Drag-and-Drop feature you can:

  • Transfer files from PC to PC (Windows)
  • Transfer files from Mac to Mac
  • Transfer files from Mac to PC (Windows) and vice versa

To get started, you’ll need to open the Splashtop Business app on your local computer, and remote into the computer you want to access and transfer files to/from. Once connected, you can select the file(s) that you want to transfer to the other computer. From there, it’s as simple as dragging it to the other computer and dropping it to save it there.

In the example below, the Mac computer is the local computer and the remote computer is the Windows computer. You can see the mouse dragging a folder from the Windows (remote) computer and dropping it onto the Mac (local) computer, where it is then saved to the Mac and can be seen on the desktop.

In addition to Drag-and-Drop, you can use the File Manager to transfer files between computers, or Copy-Paste the file(s) from one computer to the other on Windows computers. You can also transfer files while not in a remote access session.

About Splashtop Remote Desktop Solutions

Splashtop provides the best value remote desktop solutions, with the top tools and features you need. Check out any of the solutions below and don’t forget to start your free trial:

  • Splashtop Business Access: for individuals and small teams who want remote access to their own computers.
  • Splashtop Remote Support: for MSPs and IT teams who want unattended remote access to their users’ computers to provide remote support.
  • Splashtop SOS: for IT, Support, and Helpdesk teams who need an attended access solution to provide on-demand remote support to their users’ devices.

Want to use Drag-and-Drop File Transfer right now? Get started with Business Access by clicking the button below.

No credit cards or commitments required to start your free trial.

Try the Best Remote Access Solution for Free With Splashtop

Splashtop’s highly rated remote desktop solutions are used by more than 20 million people. You can try it for free right now and find out why so many people choose Splashtop.

Free Remote Access

Splashtop Business Access is all about fast, simple, and secure remote access. You can get started with this award-winning solution for free in a matter of minutes by signing up for a free trial now! No credit card, and no commitment required.

Once signed up, you’ll have full access to Splashtop’s powerful remote desktop solution. You’ll be able to access your Windows and Mac computers remotely from any other Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Chromebook device.

What is Splashtop Business Access?

Splashtop Business Access is a remote desktop software tool designed to give users access to their computers while on the go. Once set up, you can open the Splashtop Business app on your computer, tablet, or mobile device and select your remote computer to connect to it instantly.

During a remote access session, you’ll feel like as if your remote computer was right in front of you so you can easily take control of your computer and work within any of your files or applications. You’ll never have to worry about not being at your computer again. You’ll be able to access it from anywhere, and at any time with Splashtop.

In addition to the fastest and most reliable remote access platform, Splashtop Business Access comes equipped with tools and features not found in other products, so you can get more done in less time. Transfer files, remotely print documents, chat, view multiple monitors at once, and more.

I can access my work desktop from no matter where I am at and work with confidence. Gives me the flexibility I need to blend work and personal life. – Bobby Bottom, Integrated Electrical

How do I get started for free?

You can experience Splashtop Business Access for free in just a few minutes! To get started, go to our Free Trial sign up page. There you’ll create your Splashtop account.

Install the Free Splashtop Business App

Then you can download the free Splashtop Business app on the device that you’ll remote from. This is the device that you’ll use to access your remote computer. The Splashtop Business app is available for available for WindowsMaciOSAndroid and more. You can also go to www.splashtop.com/app on your computer or mobile device to download the app.

With Splashtop Business Access, you can download and use the Splashtop Business app on an unlimited number of devices. There’s no limit.

Put the Splashtop Streamer on the computers you want to access

To get the computer you want to remote into set up, login to your Splashtop account at https://my.splashtop.com and select “Add Computer”. This will take you to the Deployment Package page where you’ll get a link that you can send to the computer that you want to remote into. Open the link from that computer and it will take you to a page where you can download the installer and follow simple instructions to set up.

After that, you’ll be ready for remote access! Simply open the Splashtop Business app, select your computer from the list, and you’ll be connected to it instantly for fast remote access.

I have been trialing several options on remote access over the past month and Splashtop has been by far the best for our needs.  Kudos to the Splashtop team for putting together a great package, with useful / practical options. I need a product and company I can trust and rely on… keep up the good work. – Darryl Collins

 

 

I have worked with GoToMyPC and LogMeIn, and Splashtop is a way better product. The ease of use, the ability to assign certain computers to certain users, the ability to log into a PC from your phone or tablet as well as a computer. – Charles Spivey, Trusted Senior Specialist, LLC

Why Splashtop is the Best Back to My Mac Alternative

With Apple ending its support of Back to My Mac, make sure you get the best replacement software for file transfer and remote access to your Mac. Here are the reasons why Splashtop is the best Back to My Mac replacement, and how you can get started in no time.

Best Back to My Mac Alternative

Released in 2007, Back to My Mac was a free feature that enabled a personal user to set up a network of their own Mac computers that they’d be able to access remotely. As long as each Mac computer was using the same iCloud account, the user would be able to remote access one of their Macs from another and take control. They could also transfer files between Macs.

However, with Apple’s release of macOS Mojave coming up, Mac users were surprised to just recently learn that Back to My Mac will no longer be available, forcing users to find another way to remotely access their Mac computers.

If you’re looking for a Back to My Mac replacement, join the 20 million other people around the world who use Splashtop to remotely access their Macs (and Windows computers too)!

Why You Should Choose Splashtop to Replace Back to My Mac

If you want fast remote access, file transfer capabilities, and don’t want to spend a fortune, then Splashtop Business Access is your best bet. Splashtop is highly rated and lower priced than other remote access products. Here are the reasons why you should try Splashtop today:

You’ll have the fastest, most reliable remote access tool

Splashtop is powered by an award-winning remote access engine that gives you fast connections in real-time, with HD quality and sound. When comparing iTunes reviews between Splashtop Business and Apple Remote Desktop, Splashtop has earned far better reviews.

You can do more than just transfer files. Remote print, chat, share your screen via web link, and more

Splashtop gives you more features than just remote access and file transfer. With additional productivity features, you can complete any task with ease.

Not just for Macs. You can access your Windows and Mac computers from any Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, or Chromebook device

Want to access your Mac, but only have your smartphone or tablet on you? No problem! With Splashtop, you can access your Windows and Mac computers from an unlimited number of other computer, tablet, or smartphone devices.

You’ll have the best price full-featured remote access solution

Splashtop Business Access starts at just $5/month. Compared to other remote access products with the same top features, Splashtop costs up to 80% less!

You can try it for free for 7 days

Unsure if Splashtop will be right for you? Then give it a try with our free 7-day trial. No credit cards, and no obligations! Have full access to Splashtop Business Access Pro for a week to experience why 20 million others already use it today.

Remote Printing with Splashtop

How to print anything from your remote computer onto your local printer with Splashtop’s remote desktop access solutions.

Remote Printing Splashtop

Have you ever forgotten to print something important only to remember it at the last second when you’re away from your computer? With Splashtop’s Remote Print feature, you’ll never have to worry about that again.

There’s no need to hurry back to your computer to print, or to email documents over from one computer to another.

Splashtop’s remote desktop access solutions enable you to remote into your computer from anywhere. With our Remote Print feature, you’ll be able print anything from the remote computer that you’re accessing onto your local printer.

Which Splashtop Solutions Include Remote Printing?

The Remote Print feature is available in Splashtop Business Access (Pro package) and Splashtop Remote Support (Plus and Premium packages).

Splashtop Business Access is the ideal solution for business professionals and teams needing to access their work computers remotely. With Remote Print, you can remote into your work computer while you’re away and print anything from it to a local printer.

Splashtop Remote Support is ideal for IT professionals who need to provide remote support to several computers. Splashtop Remote Support lets you grant remote access to users so they can access their computers while they’re away. With the Plus and Premium packages of Splashtop Remote Support, your users will be able to take advantage of the Remote Print feature and use it in the same way that Splashtop Business Access users would.

How Can I Remote Print With Splashtop?

Splashtop’s Remote Print feature lets you print documents from a remote Mac or Windows computer. You can access from either a Mac or Windows computer as well.

Once you have Splashtop Business Access or Remote Support in place, download the Splashtop Streamer onto the computer you want to remote to (you’ll need to do this to be able to remotely access the device).

After it’s installed, open the streamer settings and click on the “Install Printer Driver” button. After that, you’ll be ready to access that computer and begin remote printing anything you need!

When you remote into the computer from another device, you can open any application and choose to print it as you normally would. When the printer dialog box opens, select the option that says “Splashtop Remote Printer”.

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Once you do that, a print dialog box will open on your local computer and will automatically find all printers available to your local computer. Select your desired printer and that’s it! From there your files will print on your local computer.

Read more about how to remote print with Splashtop.

In addition to printing remotely, Splashtop Business Access and Splashtop Remote Support offer several top remote access features for any business professional or IT technician. Start your free trial of either and discover how Splashtop can make your life easier.

Best Remote Access and Screen Sharing Apps for iPad at School

With Apple’s new cheap iPad for students, here are the best remote access and screen sharing apps for educational use.

Best remote access screen sharing ipad

iPads can be great tools for teachers and students in the classroom. They run fast, have many capabilities, and are easy for both teacher and students to use.

And just this week, Apple announced a new, cheap iPad with Apple Pencil support. This low-priced iPad is primarily targeted at students and can be a great addition to the classroom. Devices such as iPads have been shown to help improve class engagement and facilitate learning when used properly.

While iPads being used by students and teachers in the classroom can be great, it’s also important to have the right applications in place to maximize learning and engagement.

Splashtop’s remote access and screen sharing iPad solutions are perfect for teachers and students. With Splashtop, you’ll be able to share iPad screens to the class computer (and vice versa), use an iPad to control the lesson, and even let a student control the lesson from their own iPad!

In addition to supplying the best remote access and screen sharing solutions for over 10 years, Splashtop’s award-winning products are offered at a fraction of the cost of other similar products. This is why Splashtop is already used in hundreds of educational institutions around the country.

Here are the best Splashtop solutions for screen sharing iPads & remote access in the classroom:

  • Mirroring360
    • Broadcast and share your iPad screen to other devices.
    • View the shared screens of other devices on your iPad.
    • Great for collaboration and delivering presentations!
    • Students won’t need to stare at a screen that could be far away, they just need their iPad to see everything.
  • Splashtop Classroom
    • Teachers can share their computer screens to their student’s iPads.
    • Teachers can then let a student take control of the lesson, and even annotate over it, all from their own iPad.
    • Teachers can also use their iPad to control the computer, freeing them from sitting behind the desk and enabling more engagement.

Each of these solutions offer great benefits and have been proven to increase engagement in the classroom. In fact, you can read our case studies on the successes that many school districts and educational institutions have experienced thanks to Splashtop.

Here’s everything you need to know about each of these two solutions. Get started today with a free trial.

Mirroring360

The best screen sharing app for iPad. Wirelessly mirror your iPad (or any other Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and Chromebook) screen to your Mac or Windows computer without the need for wires or cables. Record your shared screen and save for later. Use Mirroring360 Pro to share your Mac or Windows computer screen to up to 40 iPads at once. Great for sharing lessons with students with special needs! Learn more.

Splashtop Classroom

The best collaboration tool for iPad. Share your desktop and applications with your student’s iPads (and other devices). Students can connect with a simple QR code. Once connected, students can view, take control, and annotate over lesson content from their own iPads for the rest of the class to see. Turn any iPad into an interactive whiteboard with Splashtop Classroom. Learn more.

One Last Thing

As you may have noticed, Splashtop’s products aren’t just for iPad. Mirroring360 and Splashtop Classroom are compatible with most Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and Chromebook devices. This makes Splashtop perfect for bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives.

Where Does Remote Computer Access Fit in the New Cloud Landscape?

Where does remote access belong in cloud landscape

We live in a world where access to information is better than ever. Want to know how many people are on the planet, or how to tie a tie? “Just Google it”. Can’t remember your uncle’s birthday? Check Facebook. Need to access your work documents while working from home? Just log-in to Dropbox.

With cloud-based working, business content can be stored on remote servers, available at any time. And with the coinciding growth of mobile devices (there are almost 225 million smartphones users in the U.S. alone), you can access that content from almost any location in the world. This is the new cloud-enabled, landscape: cloud storage platforms make it as easy to access work at home as from the office.

So, what is the role of remote computer access, in a cloud-landscape where the accessing of files is easier than ever?

, providing it is connected to the same network. With remote computer access, a user has access to the programs, software, files and network resources on the remote computer, controlling it as if they were sitting right in front of it.

In this post, we’re going to explore how remote computer access works in the new cloud landscape—and whether your company is better served using cloud computing or remote computer access.

The importance of remote computer access

Cloud computing may be one of the biggest business shifts in recent memory. When mentioning cloud computing, it makes sense to refer to Office 365, Microsoft’s all-inclusive business productivity platform. It’s the most popular enterprise cloud service on the market, offering users the ability to perform the majority of their daily tasks within a single platform, from email to document collaboration to data analytics.

But does Office 365 offer more capability than remote computer access? While the breadth of the offering cannot be disputed, businesses invested in cloud computing may be able to find additional capability, not to mention security, with remote computer access.

Cost savings

There are a number of ways in which remote computer access can cut down on business costs. You avoid investing in multiple copies of the same software packages, as they can be accessed via a single machine. In fact, as long as the host computer is high-performing, the machines used to access the host computer don’t have to be as powerful (and costly). Likewise, you can expect maintenance costs to go down, as you’re dealing with less software overall.

Ease of access

Remote computer access offers a more seamless experience than accessing files in the cloud, particularly when it comes to collaboration. Remote access enables users to connect to a common device or network directly, removing the process of sending work documents back and forth. Regardless of the programs or files needed to get work done, users can do so wherever they are on whichever device they choose.

Content security

There have always been security concerns with cloud computing, specifically those regarding user and business-sensitive data being stored on distant cloud servers. For organizations where the security of personally identifiable information (PII) and business-sensitive content is paramount, the cloud may seem like simply too big a risk, particularly with regulations like the HIPAA imposing fines on companies unable to protect the integrity and confidentiality of sensitive information.

Remote computer access prevents the user (or anyone else) from having direct access to the company’s server, instead creating a secure two-way interface between the individual and the content. Sophisticated remote computer access solutions put this kind of security at the forefront, and can in fact help organizations meet HIPAA guidelines and other regulations regarding the privacy and security of remote access to sensitive information.

Get remote desktop access right with Splashtop

Splashtop Business Access offers fast, simple, and secure remote computer access for your business users, offering:

  • Broad device support: remotely access computers from practically any device: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Chromebook and Chrome browser.
  • Simple deployment: create your own account to log-in whenever you need to. You can also easily migrate from other remote solutions to Splashtop.
  • Robust security: all remote sessions are protected with TLS and 256-bit AES encryption. Remote access is also protected by device authentication, two-step verification, and multiple 2nd-level password options to maximize security.
  • User management: Invite business users and manually set their roles and access permissions to allow the entire business to use remote access, without the risk.

And Splashtop is a significantly more cost effective than alternative solutions like LogMeIn and GoToMyPC. So, join the 20 million other Splashtop users today.

 

Take a free trial of Splashtop Business Access to see what remote computer access can do for your company. Alternatively, get in touch with us today for more information. 

Remote Access: Remote Desktop Access vs. Cloud Computing

remote access vs cloud computing

 

When you provide your employees with remote access, you free them from having to be in one specific location at one specific time to get their work done. It’s been widely reported that allowing employees to work remotely boosts their productivity, as well as their engagement at work.

But how do you provide this possibility for your teams? In effect, the solution is often presented as a choice between the cloud versus remote desktop. The cloud has risen in popularity in recent years, so many businesses have questions about why they would choose remote desktop over the newer tech:

  1. Why would remote desktop be a relevant solution for a business who can incorporate the power of cloud computing into their processes?

or

  1. Can’t the cloud do what remote desktop access does?

However, the answer to both questions is this:

Comparing remote desktop software and the cloud is missing the point.

The cloud is not a replacement for remote access technology and remote access software isn’t the same thing as moving your IT environment to the cloud. However, there are certain similarities – both the cloud and remote access software enable collaboration:

  • In the cloud, you can access your files from any device at any time.
  • With remote desktop software, you can access a specific desktop, the files, the applications, and everything else related to that desktop from a remote location.

Remote desktop software and cloud-based tools are not mutually exclusive. It seems needless to argue for one over the other. But there are reasons why remote access computing is an essential tool for your business (even if that business is already taking advantage of the cloud):

It gives you more flexibility on the ground

Certain businesses are required to keep their data and content on-premises for legal reasons. Other times, investments have already been made in on-premises infrastructure, and so there may be some business who need remote desktop software so their employees can access their own computers from anywhere with any device.

With cloud solutions, data files can be downloaded to remote computers. This can introduce some risk without proper device security features to protect any local copies of files, whether actively downloaded by the remote user or cached when files are opened and viewed.

With remote access solutions like Splashtop, the files remain on-premise, on the original computer, and the remote session supports remotely viewing and controlling the on-premise computer via a secure remote viewing/streaming session. File transfer between systems is a separate feature that can be enabled or disabled by an administrator and logging keeps track of any files that have been transferred. But in general, the remote access session only includes streaming where an encrypted video view of the system is transmitted to the viewing computer. All of the data itself remains secure on the on-premise computer.

Remote access software is more efficient for certain tasks

If you work in IT, you’ll know the value of remote desktop software for taking over an individual computer from anywhere in the company and performing security updates, fixing problems in real-time, or just updating certain settings without having to leave your own desk. This can save a lot of time and keep productivity levels high. This also extends to other typical business practices like staff training in HR when your HR department happens to be miles away. Engineers in the construction industry can use remote access computing to connect to systems, apps and devices and share these resources from anywhere.

Remote desktop software extends whatever IT environment you already have in place, cloud or no cloud. It enables better collaboration, and this should be a consideration for any new business tool.

Better business collaboration

The importance of collaboration in business is nothing new. At this point we should all be familiar with the benefits of working in a collaborative environment:

  • Improvement in business performance
  • Enhancing employee skills
  • Information-sharing to maximize efficiency
  • Collaboration can lead to cost-reduction
  • Greater productivity
  • Boost bottom line

Collaboration is more important in certain industries

The ability to collaborate over a document is good; your communications department needs to produce a press release quickly, for example, and a few hands are needed to make it happen. But collaboration in other fields is often even more vital.

In medicine, for example, collaboration can be the difference between life and death. Remote access software can assist how doctors and nurses care for someone in a critical condition. They can send patient data to a colleague for their input, monitor specialized devices from a mobile device and receive important data quickly to help with vital decisions.

Medical institutions often prefer to use remote access software to aid in collaboration because it can more reliably support desktops, diagnostic apparatus, servers, x-ray machines etc., without breaking down or losing a network connection. Keeping critical devices from failing is essential. Being able to access data remotely without sacrificing security precautions (as might happen if they were relying on the public cloud) allows these institutions to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Protected Health Information (PHI), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and still get all the benefits of remote access.

Find the right solution for your business

Not all remote access software was created equal. If your business requires heavy-duty remote access software that’s reliable, secure, but also easy to deploy, then you could benefit from Splashtop’s range of products that cover all your remote access needs. Choose a sophisticated and powerful solution that’s also cost-effective. Your business will thank you for it.

Remote access software is the most convenient, secure, and reliable way to ensure your organization has the right tools to collaborate, be flexible in its processes, and enable your staff to be optimally productive—all while remaining in full compliance within your industry regulations.

To find out more about how remote desktop software can help make your workplace more efficient, get in touch with us today.

The Risks and Rewards of Remote Access in your Business

The risks and rewards of remote access

Remote desktop software has many benefits that make it a very good choice for businesses trying to increase productivity without putting more pressure on their staff and other resources. It’s a technology that can help your organization be flexible and fluid in its business processes.

But the technology is not without risk. And the prospect of deploying such software, especially in the current climate of security breaches and data hacks, could worry the senior management of your organization. Let’s look at both the benefits and the risks of remote access software and show that the right solution can ensure your network is as safe as possible while reaping the benefits of remote desktop access.

Benefits of remote access

For your employees, accessing information has never been easier. The advent of cloud computing makes using documents and generally working on the move as seamless as being in the office. The same goes for remote access software where the benefits are tangible:

  • Businesses can save on office space
  • Employees save on travel costs
  • Regional offices can stay in better contact with head office
  • Makes organizations more agile
  • Saves on IT infrastructure costs

As well as savings on space and cost, remote access enables:

  • More stable business processes – employees can connect to office networks even when something happens that stops them from getting there physically
  • Better motivated employees – remote working or working from home creates opportunity for better work-life balance
  • A more agile business – set up an office overseas simply; get back to a client ‘after hours’ outside the office; staff can connect to the company server via their mobile devices and get access to the latest versions of applications to reduce downtime and boost productivity

The security risks of remote access software

The greatest rewards often come with some risks. It’s the same with remote access software. Cyberattacks on business of all sizes are at an all-time high and are a rising concern for business leaders across industries. Their number one priority is protecting their organization’s data from cyberattacks. When it comes to incorporating any new technology, they must question: is it secure?

The security risks regarding remote access can be minimized in the same way your organization looks to minimize other IT-related risks. Implementing specific security procedures and protocols will minimize potential risk, like unauthorized access, and keep your data safe.

Choosing the right remote access solution can also help minimize risk. Splashtop remote access solutions feature several powerful security features that will make any business leader feel confident in knowing that their data is secure.

Permissive access

One of the first big potential remote access risks to offset is your company’s policy surrounding access to the company network. For instance, a lot of companies only allow remote access from certified company devices that can be more easily controlled, managed and locked. However, a lot of smaller business aren’t as stringent with such processes and any device can be used to log into the company network. This can be a problem for your IT team and their ability to monitor access, opening your data to unauthorized persons and malware or other viruses as personal devices won’t be as secure, may use outdated operating systems, or don’t employ strong anti-virus programs.

With Splashtop Business Access, you can choose which devices you want to give remote access permissions too. And two-factor device authentication ensures that only the devices you grant access will be access the company network.

Outdated web protection

Cybercrime is becoming more prevalent and attacks are more sophisticated today than they ever have been before. Therefore, you need the latest web protection. For example, web filtering blocks malicious webpages that might contain spyware, malware and other viruses. Filters can also act as blockers based on URL, page type, user or the device they are using.

Poor data encryption

Encryption is the foundation of good data security. Translating your important company data, like customer credit card numbers or other personal information, into another form or code which can only be accessed by those authorized should be a priority for any business looking to benefit from remote access software.

Splashtop Business Access uses TLS and 256-bit AES encryption which means that when your team is remotely access their computers, their sessions and information is safe.

Lack of asset tracking

One of the big threats with the flexibility of mobile access is that devices become quite powerful ports of corporate data. While it’s great for your staff to be able to view and work on important content on the go, it gets tricky if one of the devices goes missing—either lost or stolen—or falls into the wrong hands. Tracking and managing all devices needs to be another priority for your IT team to make sure they have visibility into all connected devices and can spot potential problems before they become full-blown issues. You will also want to ensure devices can be remotely wiped should they go missing.

Splashtop Business Access also helps reduce these remote access risks thanks to two-step verification and multiple second level password options. Read more about Splashtop Security Features.

Reduce the risks, enhance the reward

Splashtop provide solutions for businesses in all industries, so they can remotely access their own desktop or shared devices that they require to do their jobs. Get all the benefits of a remote working infrastructure for your business with Splashtop’s fast and reliable connections via our high-performance engine and global server.Top-rated remote access software has never been so rewarding!

Click here for a free trial of Splashtop Business Access and to see what remote computer access can do for your company. Alternatively, get in touch with us for more information.