| By Scott Spanbauer |
While most Windows versions include their own tools for controlling a remote PC, there’s a much-better way.
Remote-access software gives you full access to PCs running any version of Windows via an Internet link, letting you do much more than simply transfer files.
Windows’ own remote access comes up short
It seems like every week we read about yet another hapless notebook user who inadvertently leaves a company computer on a train, finds it stolen from his or her vehicle, or otherwise fumbles private client data.
One way for you and your organization to minimize this risk is to leave important information on a PC at home or in the office, where it’s physically more secure. Then, when you need to use the apps or info on that machine, simply connect to it remotely.
Not only is this a good way to keep critical data from leaking, it also beats trying to keep important files synchronized between multiple computers. And — if you’re starting to wonder whether entrusting your data to Google is a wise idea — remote access could provide you with many of the benefits of cloud computing while exposing you to fewer of its risks.
With remote-access software, you log in to your home or office computer via a broadband or dial-up connection to the Internet. You can access files stored on the PC and use applications and other resources as if you were sitting right in front of the machine.