Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The ABCs of Remote Control Computer Software Installation By Andy West

Technology offers some astounding ways for companies, organizations and businesses to make sharing information much easier. Originally LAN and WAN internet connections provided opportunities for file sharing and transfer using email or FTP servers, now there is the very simple and secure option of installing remote control computer software to allow you to literally be in two places at once. With this software, anyone can access any computer within a designated system or systems from any remote location and you don't need to use email to transfer files. The distance can be just across the hall or in another office thousands of miles away. All that is required is that both computers have internet access and both have the software installed to allow the connection to be made.

Many people think that installing this software takes a lot of technical knowhow and a lot of experience in working with firewalls and routers as well as networking. This is a misconception because anyone who can install any type of simple software program can set up remote access. The software will largely be configured by the computer itself and all you will need to do is identify the computers that you need to access. This is done by using the IP addresses.

Only computers with remote control computer software can use the program, which keeps the software secure. The program is designed with a series of account names and passwords. Each computer that has the software installed is identified by a unique nickname and password. This prevents anyone that doesn't have this information from accessing computers, allowing the administrator to provide the passwords only to those that need to have them. In fact, anyone using the system will need to know both passwords, the initial one for the control module as well as for each individual identified computer on the system.

Since most internet service providers have a dynamically assigned IP address for each computer the nickname system works very effectively. Even though the IP address changes each time the computer is logged on, the nickname you establish when you set up the software remains constant. The modules recognize the nickname and password and automatically use the dynamically assigned IP to access the computer, allowing you to get into the computer regardless of where you may be located.

Firewalls and routers are also not a concern for the best types of remote control computer software packages. These systems will automatically negotiate the connection without any additional configuration or deactivation of the firewalls or routers. This means that your system is always fully firewalled and protected and you don't have to shut it down when the remote connection is in place. Other security features include authentication and encryption to keep data in file transfers highly secure.

When considering a remote control computer software package be sure to look for information on both the installation process as well as the security features. There are some excellent websites online that provide videos and demonstrations of the steps required for the installation, all written in non-techie language that anyone can and will understand. In addition help services should be provided, allowing you to ask any questions you may have during installation or when operating the software.

Andy West is a writer on various subjects, including remote access for computers. Getting started using remote control computer software is much easier than you may imagine. Once you get started, you will be able to access your home computer virtually.

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