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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 December 18, 2020

    Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

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    Technology has taken a vantage leap in providing solutions for man. Before now, technology used to appear complex and would require a great deal of expertise to handle solutions available. Today, we have technology applicable in the simplest human activities as smart products with intelligent algorithms powering them as they make error-free judgments and provide intelligent and analytic solutions.

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    Creating technological solutions transparently

    This article suggests that the process of creating technological solutions be made transparent and subject to contribution from many people who would end up as users of the product – male, female, young, old, learned, unlearned and all other preferences as we have them. It also underscores the importance of having women on product development teams. This approach is not sure to eliminate all forms of bias, but it is a good way to start in order to appraise the full benefits of technology.

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    Technology so far has been a major connecting tool amongst us humans. It is used and appreciated by all regardless of race, language and sex. In order to keep it less subjective to these arguments about human biases. I believe we should gather opinions on products and solutions before making them available to the public. This could be done by gathering input from intended target users and receiving feedback across the stages of production.

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    “Recognizing the problem is a start…success will depend on inclusive technologies that meet this vast untapped market.” This cannot be more apt especially at a time when we look up to technology for solutions. We should not muzzle our progress with technology by battling algorithm bias. The first way to avoid this battle is by reading this article here.

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