Category Archives: Remote Access

How to Transfer Files from Your Computer to Your Android Smartphone

Android phone transfer files from computerIf you have an Android smartphone, odds are you use it for more than just making phone calls. Smartphones are designed for users who access multiple types of media from their phones on a regular basis. Whether it is music, videos, photos or basic documents, smartphones are capable of accessing and displaying that data unlike other phones.

But say you’ve downloaded a media file to your home computer, how can you transfer that file to your smartphone (or vice versa)? There are a couple of different apps available to you for transferring files from your computer to your Android mobile phone:

1. Android file transfer – this app allows Mac computer users to easily transfer data saved on their computer to their Android phone. However, this app requires that you physically connect your Android phone to your Mac computer with a special USB cord. The Mac computer and Android phone must stay connected until the file transfer has completed.

2. TappIn for Android app – this app allows you to transfer, share, and access data from your Android phone no matter where that data is saved. With the TappIn app, you can access data on your Mac, PC or Linux operating systems all from your Android phone without needing to connect the phone to the computer. With TappIn, you can remotely access, transfer, and share data.

Because people are using so many different digital devices (personal mobile phone, work cell phone, home computer, work computer, iPad, iPod, etc.) on a daily basis, these days being able to transfer, share, and access data between different devices from different manufacturers is becoming more and more important.

Whatever files you are transferring, sharing, or accessing, it’s important you pick an app that will allow you to easily and securely transfer, share, and access data between devices.

Learn more about TappIn’s security features.

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3 Tips to Avoiding Online Storage Fees

Avoid online storage feesIf you are someone who uses multiple mobile devices (smartphone, computer, iPad, etc.) to access your files (music, documents, photos, etc.) you already know how convenient online storage solutions can be for remote file access and sharing. If you are someone who requires a lot of online storage, you also probably know how expensive online storage solutions can get.

Here we’ve listed three tips to help you avoid paying online storage fees so that you can access and share files remotely from anywhere without spending extra money.

 1. Take advantage of free online storage offers

All of the top online storage solutions offer a certain amount of free storage to start users off with. Microsoft SkyDrive, Google Drive, Sugarsync and iCloud all provide users with 5 GB of free storage, with paid plan options for more storage. However, depending on the file types of your digital property, only certain online storage solutions are capable of storing certain media files.

2. Use your hard drive and network-attached storage (NAS) devices for extra storage space

NAS devices can be expensive as well, but they usually come with more storage space as well as more control over your digital property. NAS devices and external hard drives also don’t have strict file specifications for what file types can be stored on them. So you can store everything from documents to photographs to music and videos.

 3. Use remote file sharing and remote file access tools

Many online storage solutions require you to save or sync all of your data in one location. With online collaboration tools with remote file access and file sharing capabilities, you can access data no matter where it is saved, even if it’s saved in a number of locations like a Dropbox, iCloud, and/or a NAS device.

The bottom line is, with so many online storage solutions offering vast free tier storage options, paying for online storage isn’t necessary if you find the right remote file access and file sharing tools capable of accessing all of those storage solutions from one place.

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5 Steps to Making Mobile Devices More Secure in BYOD Businesses

TappIn Secure Mobile Devices

We’ve written a lot about the IT risks associated with BYOD (bring your own device) and the need for businesses to design and implement secure BYOD policies, but if we only consider the security of our data when it’s online and don’t give a critical look at the devices employees are using to access that data, then we really haven’t done anything to address the BYOD risks we all face.

Today’s workforce is using their mobile devices as tools to access a wide range of work-related data and information, only adding to the already booming trend that is BYOD.  The BYOD trend has been met with a lot of excitement by employees and businesses owners alike as it allows employees to vastly increase their productivity while using the devices they are most comfortable with.

If you are a BYOD business, odds are you can’t afford to provide each of your employees with a company-issued cell phone. And because you are a BYOD business, your employees will be accessing your data from whatever device is most convenient (often times their mobile devices).  Making those mobile devices as secure and safe to share files remotely through should be considered incredibly important to all businesses (BYOD and other).

Here are five steps every business should take to make sure their employees’ mobile devices are more secure and safe for remote file sharing:

1. Choose mobile devices with advanced security capabilities – Your BYOD policy should include which devices are acceptable to use as well as which devices are not.  Make sure that the devices your employees are choosing to use have advanced security capabilities so you may enable them.

2. Use remote wipe capabilities – In the event that an employee’s phone is lost or stolen, remote wipe capabilities allow a third party to remotely wipe the phone clean of all data.

3. Enable encryption – If the device has an encryption option, make sure that it’s turned on and that your employee keeps it on.

4. Require authentication to access – Create an authentication password for the device so that whoever picks up the device can’t access it without a password.

5. Set up firewalls to designate different levels of access – There are some files and data that you don’t want all of your employees to have access to (especially if they are more sensitive).  You can limit which data employees can access with their own devices by using these firewalls.

And those are the five basic steps to making your mobile device more secure and safe for remote file sharing.  For more information about how TappIn is the perfect app for BYOD businesses, check out these related posts:

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Finding the Most Private & Secure Approach to Remote File Sharing

The popularity of remote file sharing and storage services like the Cloud and Dropbox will only continue to grow as today’s workforce becomes increasingly more and more mobile. These file sharing services not only make it easier to share and access files with coworkers and customers, they allow employees to increase their productivity by making it extremely easy to share and access files from different devices.

But, while services like Dropbox continue to be used by businesses big and small, issues like the Dropbox security breach have helped highlight the need for businesses to look for and invest in more secure file sharing and file access services. The problem with finding private and secure services for file sharing, however, is that secure cloud storage solutions are expensive.

What if you could share files remotely and have access to any storage solution (online or NAS) without paying for more storage? With TappIn, you can privately and securely share files without paying for more storage, because with TappIn, what you are paying for is secure access.

With TappIn, you don’t have to save your files in a particular location or folder (as you do with Dropbox) because, with TappIn, you have access to all of your files anywhere, at any time.

While there are many reasons why you should choose TappIn over Dropbox, if Dropbox has already been widely adopted by your company and peers, you don’t need to change the service everyone else is using. Instead you can use TappIn to tap into your Dropbox. By doing this, your coworkers can continue using a program they are comfortable using and at the same time increase the security of remotely accessing those sensitive files.

Whether you’re sending large files, streaming music, or sharing pictures, security is becoming more and more important to how we access, stream, and share data. Learn more about how the TappIn Professional Edition lets you privately and securely access and share files. Or sign up for a 30-day FREE trial of TappIn Pro!

How to Remotely Access Your External Hard Drive from Your Smartphone

Do you know how many different digital devices you use in a day? Personally, my cell phone acts as my alarm clock as well as a phone. I listen to my iPod on the bus ride during my commute, work on my fancy desktop computer during business hours, then work on my (cheaper, less fancy) personal computer when I get home. That’s four different devices I use every day and I don’t even consider myself a very tech-savvy person!

Not only is the use of digital devices on the rise, but so are the ways in which you can save your data on these different devices. Online storage solutions have been designed specifically to allow you to save information online so that you may remotely access it from another device. However, there are a few issues to consider before using cloud storage:

  1. Cloud storage can get expensive
  2. Data must be saved online to access it
  3. Recent security breaches in online storage services

So, what if you could use your smartphone remote access to avoid all of these issues?

Well, by accessing your external hard drive with TappIn you can utilize your own storage solutions and avoid these issues:

  1. TappIn gives any web browser, tablet or smartphone unlimited access to your digital content, no matter where it is stored. And because with TappIn you are only paying for access, not storage, you don’t have to keep paying for it the more you use it.
  2. With TappIn, you don’t have to save or sync your files in one place to access them, because TappIn lets you access your files from your computer, network attached system (NAS), hard drive, online storage service, etc.
  3. TappIn not only keeps your digital content in the storage solutions you feel are most secure, but it also uses SSL encryption between you and your data so that you can rest assured that your content is being accessed securely.

So how can you remotely access your external hard drive from your smartphone with TappIn?

  1. On your smartphone, open your TappIn mobile app and select your home computer:
  2. You will then be taken to a page where you can select any files saved on your home computer.  Select the folder of your external hard drive (or NAS)

  3.  TappIn will display a list of all your files saved in that location.  Simply select the file you would like to access from the list and that’s it! Four taps and you’re done.

Four taps and you're done.  Smartphone remote access of your external hard drive doesn't get any easier than that!

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BYOD Best Practices - A Guide

As the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend continues to gain traction in schools and most of the today’s global workforce, the IT risks associated with BYOD will continue to grow as well. And as more and more sensitive data is saved in online storage solutions or on people’s personal mobile devices, the need for secure remote and mobile access solutions has become paramount.

And so, to make sure you and your employees are securely accessing files via a mobile device or cloud storage solution, it’s important that you follow some basic BYOD best practices. This guide will share with you four best practices for BYOD in the workforce:

1. Safeguard your content online and off – Making sure that your wireless connection is protected, that you have optimized your online accounts for maximum security, and that you are only visiting secure websites are a few basic steps that anyone can take to help keep the devices you use (to remotely access your files and sensitive data) safe and secure.

 2. Provide tools anyone can use – No matter how big or small your business is, you undoubtedly will have employees with varying degrees of tech-savvy-ness. To make sure all of your employees are following the same BYOD best practices, you need to make sure that for whatever needs they have (sending large files, online collaboration, video sharing, etc.), you provide them with a tool/service that even your least techy person can be comfortable using.

3. Make sure employees that are leaving aren’t taking your sensitive data with them – if your company encourages its employees to use their mobile devices to increase productivity, it’s critical that you come up with a plan for if/when those employees leave. BYOD is already risky, but once you throw in a terminated employee, the risks are much greater.

4. Design and implement an effective and secure BYOD policy – Much like a best practices guide, your BYOD policy should be available to all of your employees and it should clearly indicate how they should use their personal devices in conjunction with work materials. Make sure that your BYOD policy is clear and easy to understand and that your employees both understand and agree to adhere to the rules put in place in your policy.

Ideally, you want to find a service or tool that is able to take the guess-work out of whether or not your employees are adhering to BYOD best practices.

That’s where TappIn comes in. With TappIn, your content isn’t being saved in or synced to an online storage device, and instead can remain safe on your computer or NAS. With TappIn, you can choose who you want to share your files with, as well as remove access from former employees. And because TappIn is extremely easy to use, even your least techy employees can use it.

Try TappIn Pro FREE for 30 days and see for yourself how TappIn helps make BYOD less risky.

5 Ways in Which TappIn Saves Even the Worst of Days!

Have you ever gotten to class and realized you've left your homework on your computer at home? Have you ever gotten home and realized that the documents you need to do work from home are trapped on your work computer? Have you ever wanted to share a video or pictures with grandparents without having that media broadcast online?

We live in a digital age now where a majority of correspondence, work, and entertainment takes place online. People use the internet to access a wide range of different digital content from work, to pictures, to music. Whether you’re a professional, a parent, or both, life gets busy, and having access to your own digital content is something you shouldn't have to worry about.

TappIn turns your phone into a one-stop shop for all of your digital content, no matter where you have stored that content. Not sold yet? Consider these five stories in which TappIn’s remote access saved the day from being a horrible, no good, very bad one.

Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 1: Averted, thanks to photo sharing with TappIn!

Michelle was on her way to her best friend’s wedding. She had just pulled into the parking lot of the venue when she realized she’d forgotten her computer.  Her computer that had the slide show of the soon-to-be newlywed couple that was supposed to play before and after the ceremony.It had taken her a half an hour to drive to the venue; she had no time to go home and get her computer now.

On the verge of tears, and fearing she had ruined an important part of the ceremony, Michelle remembered that she had TappIn on her mobile.And unlike her computer, Michelle never left home without her phone.  Using TappIn, she was able to remotely access the photos she had saved on her home computer, because TappIn enables you to share photos no matter where you have saved them.

Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 2: Averted, thanks to Video Streaming with TappIn!

Frank had his final presentation for his video editing class in the morning. He had stayed up all night making the final edits to his short film and was trying to save it on something he could transport to class, since his PC was a desktop computer. Saving or sending the video anywhere other than his PC required purchasing expensive storage solutions. He was finally able to save it to a blank DVD, but the quality of the burned DVD was less than impressive.

That’s when Frank remembered he had TappIn. TappIn is the only video streaming solution that doesn't require you to save, upload, or send your video anywhere other than where it is first created. And because you don’t have to upload the videos to view them, when Frank got to class all he had to do was connect his phone to the projector and as soon as he pressed Play, the video began.

Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 3: Averted, thanks to music streaming with TappIn!

Ben is a musician, and though everyone who heard him knew he was going places, he hadn't yet made the connections he needed to quit his day job. He was dozing in and out of sleep on his daily morning bus ride home from the graveyard shift when he saw a famous local musician causing a stir outside of a Starbucks. At the next stop, he jumped off the bus and started running toward the frenzy.

Since it was early, the crowd was small and relatively calm and Ben was easily able to get the front of the group and ask the musician if he would listen to one of his songs.

“Do you have it on you?”A man standing next to him asked. Ben pulled out his phone and used TappIn to start streaming music, his own music.

The small crowd was encouraging and nodding their head to the beat, when the musician asked, “Do you have other songs?”

“Tons,” Ben replied with a smile, bringing up all of his songs on his phone.

Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 4: Averted, thanks to sending large files with TappIn!

Harry was in a rush to meet his newest clients, a large hotel chain that was interested in having him design the hotels for their two newest locations. In his excitement that morning, Harry hadn't noticed that the email he tried to send himself, the email with all of the files he planned to present to his clients, hadn't gone through because it had exceeded the file size limit.

He broke out in a cold sweat as he reached the clients’ offices and realized he didn't have anything on him that he could present to them. All of his files were at home on his home computer. As he planned his apologies, he remembered he had TappIn.  Using TappIn, he could access any file of any size, making sending large files obsolete.

Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 5: Averted, thanks to document access with TappIn!

Carlos was on his way to class after he had stayed up all night putting the final touches on his final thesis paper when he realized that he hadn't sent himself the right document to print on campus. In his exhausted state, he had sent an older version of his final paper to himself instead of the updated one. He was about to turn around and start sprinting on tired legs back towards his house when he remembered he had TappIn.

Carlos hadn't used TappIn that much. He’d downloaded it, played with it for a couple of days, and forgot about it. A couple of taps and seconds later Carlos was able to access the document (link to document access post that hasn't been posted yet, but should be posted before this piece) he was looking for and send the latest version to himself so that he could print it out on campus.

Have you ever been in a scenario like one of the above? Tell us about a horrible, no good, very bad day that was saved with TappIn!

How to Access and Share All of Your Files from Anywhere at Any Time

As more and more people use the internet to communicate with their friends, family and co-workers, many people have been asking for a simple and secure way of sharing and accessing documents online. Whether you’re looking to access sensitive work documents, or share private information with family and friends, there is only one solution that enables you to share and access all of your documents from anywhere at any time without having to save or move those documents. That solution is TappIn.

How to Access Your Files Anytime, Anywhere

Have you ever been at work or school and realized you've forgotten an important document or file on your home computer? Usually in this instance, most people chalk not having that document up to a loss, or if the document is extremely important they are required to get back home and get that document off of their home computer.

But with TappIn, once you download the TappIn app to your computer and mobile devices (including Apple iPhone or iPad, Google Android or Windows Phone 7), you will be able to quickly and securely access any and all documents you've saved on these devices from anywhere at any time.

How to Share Your Files Anytime, Anywhere

After downloading TappIn, whenever you wish to share a document, all you have to do is login, locate the file or folder you would like to share and click on it and tap “Share This File.” And because with TappIn, you don’t have to move or upload your documents anywhere else, you can relax knowing that your shared files never leave the safety of your computer.

Once you have selected “Share This File,” you can use TappIn’s one-click contact management tool to import contact information (from providers like Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail) from your mobile device and select which contacts you want to invite into your private TappIn network. Once those contacts accept your invitation, they can immediately access the documents you’ve selected to share with them.

Three Ways TappIn Beats the Competition in Document Access and Sharing

  1. No Need to Move or Upload Documents: As we've pointed out earlier, unlike other online document access and sharing solutions, TappIn doesn’t require you to store your documents in any one folder or file. With TappIn, you can access ALL of your files, folders, and documents no matter where they are saved.
  2. SecureShare Technology: For your more sensitive documents, TappIn’s SecureShare technology enables you to set authentication settings when sharing documents.  With SecureShare, you can require certain users to login before viewing the documents that have been shared with them. Permissions can also be set individually, allowing some recipients to view, edit, or download your document.
  3. TextShare: For the fastest and easiest way to share documents, TextShare enables you to share documents, files, folders with others via text messaging. With TextShare, a shortened URL (that cannot be tracked) to your document is sent to your recipients and they may access that document directly from their messages.

Not only is TappIn perhaps the easiest to use app for sharing and accessing documents, it is by far one of the most secure online file sharing options available today.

 

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Expand the Memory of Your Mobile Device without Buying More Storage

Are you someone who stores a large amount of data, photos, or music on your cell phone or other mobile device? Perhaps you’re a photographer who needs to be able to access large photo folders from your phone to share with clients. Perhaps you’re a lawyer who needs access to large files that you don’t wish to transport back and forth from your home.

Whoever you are and whatever your needs be, if you’re reading this post it is because the current amount of storage on your phone or mobile device is not enough to meet your day-to-day needs.  What if I told you that you could expand the memory of your mobile device so that you can access unlimited amounts of data without having to buy more storage?  Don’t believe me?  Let me explain.

Access > Storage

TappIn is an app that gives everyone from photographers to lawyers, and everyone else in between, access to unlimited amounts of data from their cell phone or mobile device. The best part is, because TappIn is an access tool and not a storage solution, you do not have to pay for more storage for the more data you access.

If you are a photographer, there is no need to use all of your storage on your phone with pictures.  Instead, you can keep those pictures on your home computer and access them from your phone whenever you are talking with a customer or potential client. With TappIn, if you’re a lawyer, those confidential files on your work computer now don’t need to be moved from one storage solution to the next for you to access them from your home computer or phone. They stay in one place.

Lost Phone = Don’t Lose Sensitive Data

Besides the fact that most cell phones and mobile devices do not have that much storage space on them to begin with, they are also not the most secure storage solutions. There have been a few stories in the news lately of employees leaving their mobile devices in a restaurant or on a bus with sensitive business information that has put their companies at great risk.

With TappIn, you don’t have to worry about having sensitive data on your mobile device, because you aren't storing or saving any of that data or those photos, or music, etc. onto your phone.  Instead, you are simply accessing that information through your phone. And because TappIn has security features that require you to log in to view data you've saved elsewhere, that data isn't readily available to whoever picks up your phone.

There are plenty of free storage solutions online, and inexpensive network attached devices that have far more storage space than cell phones or mobile devices currently contain today. If you want to be able to access all of your documents, all of your photos, and all of your music from anywhere at anytime, there is no storage solution that will suffice alone.  Access is the key. TappIn is the answer.

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4 Mobile Apps that Facilitate Remote Access for Running a Business

Over 30 billion apps have been downloaded in the last year alone. But how many of these apps should businesses seriously use?

The four most important aspects of working remotely or from a mobile device are: secure access, easy communication, efficient expense tracking, and the actual doing of work on your phone or mobile device.

Here are 4 mobile apps that facilitate remote access for running a business:

1. For Accessing your Data Remotely - TappIn

Whether you use Cloud storage, Dropbox, Sugarsync, TappIn allows you to access your data (wherever it’s saved) from any mobile device at any time.  TappIn is the best solution for securely and remotely accessing your data.

2. For keeping in touch and telecommuting - GoToMeeting

Never miss another meeting again!  This allows users to participate in meetings via their mobile device.  Not only does it allow you to verbally communicate with other people attending the meeting, but it also allows you to see charts and graphs that are being shown at the meeting.

3. For keeping track of your expenses on the go - Expensify

Having trouble keeping track of business expenses?  Expensify’s SmartScan works with your phone by taking a picture of receipts of business expenses (recording the date, time, amount, etc.) and organizing that information within the app by syncing your bank accounts and credit cards to keep clearer track of spending.

4. For doing work - FormMobi

Also known as the digital clipboard, this app makes it easy for people in the field (away from a computer/office) to design and fill out customized forms.  A great app for a wide range of other professions, because it allows users to share multimedia style (including video, pictures, and graphs in your customized reports/forms) information with clients and coworkers.

Do you use any of these?