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Work Anywhere With These 8 Remote Access Connection Apps

Work Anywhere With These 8 Remote Access Connection Apps

    With more people working with each other all over the world and the Internet becoming more ubiquitous by the minute, the physical computer is becoming less important. Rather than relying on taking your physical computer with you everywhere you go, as long as you can get to a “dumb terminal” with an Internet connection, you can reach your computer from anywhere.

    Here are 8 apps to help you gain a remote access connection to any of your computers around the world.

    Remoter VNC (iOS)

    This is my go to VNC (virtual network computing) client on my iPhone. Out of the box it works with Mac screen sharing, as well as UltraVNC and any newer VNC server for Mac and Windows. Remoter VNC can also use RDP, Telnet, and SSH protocols to get a remote access connection, but you have to upgrade the app with in-app purchases.

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    You can setup and save your remote access connections, emulate a mouse and keyboard, and even use Windows keys. Right now Remoter VNC is $0.99 in the App Store and well worth the price, even to upgrade to RDP and Telnet access.

    TeamViewer

    TeamViewer is a free for consumer application that can be used to remotely access your computer. It’s super secure using 256 bit AES encryption and an RSA private or public key exchange. You first install TeamViewer on any client machine that you want to gain a remote access connection with and then use the client on another machine to access it.

    In my quick tests remoting into my home and work computers, TeamViewer worked great and helps you get rid of the overhead of setting up VNC servers and tricky OS level remote access.

    TightVNC

    TightVNC is a free VNC server for Windows. It can be a bit of a bear to setup (if you aren’t the most tech savvy), but works well to share your screen with another VNC viewer client.

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    One thing you have to keep in mind with TightVNC is that it isn’t as secure used directly “out of the box”. If security is a real concern for you, then TightVNC recommends establishing an SSH connection with the host before starting your remote access connection.

    join.me

    I love join.me because it is fast, easy, and secure. While being more of a screen sharing app, you could potentially use it for remote access connection. Basically, all you have to do is go to join.me, click the big orange “share” button, download and run a small executable, and use the join.me sharing number to access your machine with join.me in the browser.

    I’ve been using this a lot for remote help with clients and it’s proven to be a really great tool. If you need a free way to remotely access computers and work with people, this is one of the best ways to do it.

    CrossLoop

    CrossLoop is a fremium application that allows for screen sharing and a remote access connections to 1 computer for free (more than 1 requires a subscription plan). CrossLoop’s interface for remote access is in the browser and reminds me of using LogMeIn.

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    To get CrossLoop working you have to install the CrossLoop app on your Mac or PC and then you can gain a remote access connection to it from any browser. CrossLoop also offers a free screen sharing solution.

    LogMeIn

    LogMeIn is still one of the best ways to remotely access your PC and Mac from anywhere. The free version allows you to access your computers securely from your browser or even from LogMeIn’s companion iOS app. The connection is fast and secure (join.me uses the same technology), and is one of the quickest and best ways to get a remote access connection to your machines.

    With LogMeIn you can even remotely wake up a computer from sleeping.

    RealVNC

    RealVNC is an implementation of VNC that has a free version, but to gain the features most people are looking for (connection to Macs and Windows Vista and greater machines), you will have to pay for a license. RealVNC works well and is secure allowing you to access any number of machines through the VNC server-client model.

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    There are also VNC Viewer apps for iOS and Android that can be used to connect to a RealVNC server.

    Remote Desktop Client (Android)

    Remote Desktop Client works with Android allowing you to access any non-Home version of Windows computer through RDP, which is already built into the Windows operating system. All the user has to do is make sure that the Windows computer can be connected to remotely for the Remote Desktop Client to work on the Android device.

    Conclusion

    Using remote access connection applications is a great way to be productive from anywhere. Rather than staying tied down to your physical computer, use these 8 apps to give yourself the excuse to work from home, or even the beach if you are so inclined.

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    Last Updated on July 8, 2020

    10 Smart Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

    10 Smart Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

    Productivity is the ability to perform tasks efficiently and in a timely manner. In today’s busy and competitive business world, productivity is paramount for any business, organization or corporation.

    Productivity is more than just performing tasks successfully. It is about investing and allocating resources, so the company or business can perform to meet its core goals.

    As part of 2019, it is important to commit to new goals. When shopping around for new productivity software keep in mind the following things: cost, reliability, cross-platform compatibility, on the go, technical support, etc.

    In the subsequent sections, we will examine the most recommended productivity software in the marketplace. In addition, we will look at what makes them tick and what separates them from the rest of the pack.

    Projects and Tasks Management

    1. Monday dot com

      Monday dot com was founded to create a team management solution so people connect to workplace processes across any industry. The productivity tool is used in more than 140 countries.

      The user interface is intuitive and impressive. It makes collaboration productive and fun because of its simplicity.

      The tool is deemed to have one of the best user experiences across the mobile and online project and task management platform.

      The product includes usability, customization, admin control, group management and control, private or public control, in-group messaging and more.

      Check out the software here!

      2. Asana

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        The mantra behind Asana’s product is to enable teams from across different organizations to work together effortlessly.

        The software comes with lots of customizations. When you create a project as a user, you can choose between a traditional task view and the kanban-style board view. The dashboard allows you to see the progress on a project, and it includes an excellent advanced set of search tools.

        Also, Asana’s Android and iOS apps do retain the web interface’s clean look and feel.

        Check out the software here!

        3. Trello

          Trello was founded in the summer of 2010 and two years later the platform added 500,000 members. Anyone within sales, marketing, HR and operations can collaborate successfully with this product.

          Moreover, the tool has over 100 plus integrations with Google Drive, Slack, Jira and others. The product works flawlessly across various platforms.

          Some of the well-known features includes is speed, easy-to-use, and set up. The interface includes due dates, assignments, file storage, checklists and more.

          Check out the software here!

          4. Jira

            The Jira software is flexible and heralded as the next-generation project.

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            The software allows teams to design and adapt the software to an organization’s needs. This includes having visibility into long term goals, project roadmaps, status of work, real-time release information and more. In addition, the interface is customizable.

            The Atlassian Cloud does not support multiple separate domains, subdomains or domain aliases in Google Apps.

            Check out the software here!

            5. Evernote Business

              Evernote was founded in 2008 and reached 11 million users by 2011. The company was founded on the premise that their product should address the ever-increasing volume and speed of information.

              The product helps bring together groups of teams because of versatility and functionality. It creates documents, collaboration on projects, store information all a single location.

              Moreover, you can find information quickly and includes effective search capabilities and integrations with existing tools you may already use.

              Check out the software here!

              Communication

              6. Slack

                Slack was founded in 2013 and the tool is heralded as a collaboration hub. Slack is where productivity happens. When you start a new project, hire new staff, deploy a code, review a sales contract, finalize on a budget, Slack covers all of these. Some of the major highlights include highly customizable notifications and seamless integrations with other collaboration and office tools. The free version of the software comes loaded with features, but does not archive old message. So, you have to review what are the best options for your organization or business.

                Check out the software here!

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                7. Spike

                  Newcomer Spike makes emails more conversational by helping teams maintain productivity, communication, and collaboration. All of these are achieved from within their inbox.

                  Spike works on top of any existing email (O365, G suite, and IMAP) turning it into a real-time messenger and making your communication much more functional and efficient.

                  Spike’s features include built-in groups and channels, voice and video calls, email encryption, instant access to all your files, and much more.

                  Check out the software here!

                  Creation

                  8. Office 365

                    Microsoft’s Office 365 could not be excluded from the conversation and especially as it pertains to productivity software.

                    Of course we are all familiar with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. But there is more capabilities that come with it.

                    You have business-class email, online storage space, and teamwork solutions. These services can be accessed from just about anywhere.

                    Within this suite is Microsoft Sway, which is a presentation software and a step above PowerPoint.

                    Check out the software here!

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                    9. Grammarly

                      Grammarly helps to cut down time on editing. Professionals in several industries like law, healthcare, academia, marketing, engineering and journalism use it to provide instant feedback on the accuracy of writing in English.

                      Once you install the extension from Google Chrome, you can get corrections when you are drafting an email, using social media and other apps.

                      Grammarly is AI powered and it’s a wonderful tool to have to check spelling and grammar before a presentation.

                      Check out the software here!

                      Team Analytics

                      10. ActivTrak

                        ActivTrak is a business intelligence tool that allows you to access team behavior analytics. In other words, it is data-driven.

                        The pros include two-factor authentication with active directory integration. You can also automate your alerts and it has an intuitive interface with easy-to-use admin controls.

                        Furthermore, it comes with Google sign-in, iOS app, productivity track, and more. The bottomline is the product offers employee productivity metrics along with team behavior analytics.

                        Check out the software here!

                        The Bottom Line

                        Depending on the size, budget, resources, and immediate needs of your company, not all productivity software will exactly solve your problem. You will have to contact any of the providers above and probe extensively to find the right product that is made for your business.

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