Computer Remote Access: Software for Online Remote Access
No matter what industry you’re in, there are plenty of reasons why you would need remote access computer software. Whether you need to access work files from a remote location, need to give employees the option to work from home, or are looking for an easy and effective way to provide remote access support, remote access software can come in handy in a multitude of situations.
More and more businesses are using remote access software in their day-to-day operations, but if you’re looking for the best remote access for your business, there are a few key factors to take into consideration. As you’ll learn, security is key to an effective remote access tool, as well as considerations like meeting compliance standards, and ease of use. Read on to find out how remote access computer software can help your business and what key features you’ll need in whichever solution you choose.
What is Computer Remote Access?
In the simplest terms, remote access computer software is a tool that can be used to control a computer from a remote location. You can almost think of it like flying a drone. With remote access, you no longer need to be physically at a computer to control the mouse or keyboard, access files remotely or even use its connected devices like a printer or external hard drive.
Remote access software can be used to control a single device or scaled up to access entire server farms and factory production lines across the globe. With the help of remote access computer software, a bank can control a global ATM network or simply provide a customer with hands-on IT help via remote help desk software.
By utilizing secure pathways and software encryption, Netop’s online remote access software provides secure access to any device that has been set up with the proper permissions. It’s a safe and secure way to access data and information or provide remote support to your employees and customers worldwide.
What to Look for in Software for Remote Access
There are tons of different remote access computer software providers in the market in 2019. Pricing ranges from free to enterprise, and features offered also span a huge spectrum. And while you might get lost in the various options and specific features offered by one provider over the other, there are a few key features that, for us at Netop, are non-negotiable.
By definition, remote access computer software is a security risk. You are allowing one device to remotely access files, system information, and even system processes of another device. It is a prime target for hackers to maliciously gain access to a computer system, which is why security is of the utmost importance.
Data breaches are common in the news these days because data is so valuable. We store our entire lives on our computers and smart devices, and businesses store everything – including the most sensitive information – digitally. A breach can be detrimental both financially and for a company’s future. As you look for the right software for remote access, make sure you aren’t trading convenience for security.
Microsoft’s RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) comes preinstalled on almost every PC, which makes it an enticing choice for businesses. But its ubiquity is also its downfall. Older versions that don’t get updated are especially vulnerable to attack. Netop uses only the most advanced encryption, authentication, tracking, and user permissions protocols in our remote access computer software. We take security seriously so you can take your business seriously.
Another huge consideration, especially if your business is in the healthcare industry or deals with credit card transactions, is compliance. There are major laws governing the use of a patient’s personal data. As a fully HIPPA compliant remote access software provider, Netop is an expert.
If your business handles any kind of credit card transactions, there are also huge penalties surrounding PCI compliance. No matter if you’re doing business online or in-store, Netop provides secure and totally PCI compliant remote access software. PCI compliance is non-negotiable for businesses looking to utilize the benefits of remote access who also handle customer and user credit card information.
Ease of Use
Finally, you’ll only ever use remote access computer software if it’s actually easy to use. While certain remote access providers come with complicated installation processes and archaic user interfaces, Netop was built from the ground up to be approachable. When it comes to setup, we work with you every step of the way to ensure Netop integrates seamlessly with all of your existing systems and processes – ensuring you can continue your work uninterrupted.
You’ll also want to ensure that the remote access solution you choose is compatible with all of the devices in your network. This is another potential downfall of Microsoft’s built-in RDP software. While it works fairly well with Microsoft PCs, it lacks further compatibility. Netop’s remote access computer software has a wide range of compatibility and works with devices running Windows, MacOS, iOS, Linux, and even Android. If you’re in search of a solution that will support an array of devices, it’s best to choose a remote access software solution with expanded compatibility.
Deciding Between a Free Version or Paid
Free versions can be tempting, especially if you’re looking to set up a remote access computer software solution in a hurry. Lots of them even offer many of the same features as paid versions. But make sure you do your research. Free software often doesn’t meet the same security and compatibility standards necessary when dealing with remote access.
Remember, in its purest form, remote access provides a pathway directly to the most sensitive parts of your device. In the wrong hands, your data or even full control of your computer could be compromised. Netop offers flexible pricing options and even works with you directly for a painless and quick setup process. Don’t put your data on the line. Be sure to choose an easy to use, compliant, and totally secure remote access software solution.
Sam Heiney is the Product Manager for Netop Remote Control.