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TeamViewer Remote Access Software
April 02, 2016 - Jim Bernstein
Thanks to the ever increasing technology and speed of the internet more and more people are getting connected and staying connected to each other as well as to themselves via their home office, business office or just their living room. Remote control or remote access services are being used more frequently than ever before allowing you to do things such as use your home computer from your office or allow tech support personnel the ability to control your computer for troubleshooting purposes while you watch. This technology comes in very handy and is easier than ever to use and works even better with today's high speed internet connections.
There are many companies out there that offer software and services which will allow you to remotely control one computer from another or even from a smartphone or tablet. Some of the more well known companies that you may have heard of include GoToMeeting and WebEx. TeamViewer is another product that allows remote access and control and does a great job without a serious learning curve. TeamViewer has been around for a long time but it's worth mentioning because if you are looking for something easy to use and free then it's one of your best options. Now keep in mind that TeamViewer is free to use for personal use only, not to run a remote tech support company with. If you want to use some of the more advanced features or use it on a large scale then you will need to buy a license for the software.
There are many built in features that make TeamViewer stand out as one of the better remote access alternatives out here. For example the newer versions allow you to use local printers within a remote session. You can also turn on an offline computer by using the Wake-on-LAN feature. If you need to send large files between sites you can do that as well within the software. If you have someone with an Android or Apple device you can provide tech support using the TeamViewer QuickSupport app. When it comes to security all TeamViewer versions use full encryption based on 2048bit RSA private/public key exchange and 256 Bit AES session encoding.
TeamViewer can be installed on your computer and then run as needed or you can also just run the executable (.exe) file whenever you need to connect to a remote computer or be connected to by using the QuickSupport version of the TeamViewer file. There are 2 pieces of information you will need when making a connection and those are the ID and password. If you are connecting to someone's computer they will run the software and provide you with this information and then you will see their screen in a window on your computer and have mouse and keyboard controls as if you were sitting right in front of it. If you want to control your own computer remotely you can start TeamViewer on it and make a note of the ID and password and then connect any time you like from the office etc. by running the TeamViewer software there.
If you have a decent internet connection on both ends then the performance is great and there is no lagging like you will get with some other services such as join.me which is known for being really slow which can get frustrating really fast. TeamViewer really comes in handy if you are an IT professional and are stuck being the family "computer guy" and need to get mom and dad out of a bind but don't feel like making the drive over there to do so. You can go to their website and download it and try it out yourself.
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