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One of the many arguments millennials face from conventional minds is their working at flexible hours. Definitely, Work from home or remote working is a blessing for many. It’s a concept that emphasis more on getting things done in a better way at your most productive hours from any location rather than forcing it to be done in an office during some predetermined hours.

Released in 2005, TeamViewer is one of the first computer applications to enable remote connectivity between 2 or more computers. By using cloud-based technologies, TeamViewer offers a variety of functionality modes such as remote control, online meetings, desktop sharing, file transfer, and VPN. Aside from these main functions, there are few other functions that aid to enhance the main functions. Bringing these all functions together in one software is the reason why over 2 billion devices globally have TeamViewer installed on them.

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Background and Functions

Remote Control

Remote control simply means connecting your computer (lets says C1) to another computer (C2) at some other location and performing all the routine tasks as if you were directly operating only computer (C2). A few of the benefits associated with TeamViewer remote control mode are that it saves your time, energy and money spent on traveling to your office brings in more productivity with better work-life balance as it avoids travel stress and keeps the environment clean from unnecessary pollution.

Online Meetings

Meetings are a vital function of any business, especially for multinational companies. Depending on the agenda, meetings can be short or long and can occur daily, weekly, monthly, or on a yearly basis. No matter what your organization size, bringing your meeting participants for one annual meeting or geographically relocating key employees is an avoidable expenditure. By using TeamViewer online meetings function to transmit audio and/or video and make conference calls, many different issues can be discussed at multiple times with different employees.

Desktop Sharing

Do desktop sharing and remote control mean the same, can be a lengthy argument. In a broader context, TeamViewer desktop sharing mode is one way to let some other person remotely access (control) your computer files or view your computer activity. One convenient example of it is getting remote technical assistance on your computer. By adopting this technique, tech companies are able to address their client issues globally while simultaneously avoiding expenses on maintaining physical offices or employing technical staff, especially in underdeveloped countries.

File Transfer

To save time and to make file sharing more secure, the file transfer function of TeamViewer can be very helpful. How does it save time is by not letting you first upload your file to some cloud-based service on the internet while the recipient of the file waits for it to begin downloading it. How does it make secure is that you know who is receiving your file in real-time, without worrying about some other person getting access to the uploaded file link. In short, both uploading (sending) and downloading (receiving) of the file begin and end at the same time.

VPN

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. By using TeamViewer VPN mode, a virtual network between two computers is established whereby both persons can use each other computer resources. For example, using a single remote printer connected to one computer, thus reducing printing costs. Or securely accessing classified files or some highly configured software that cannot be installed on every computer.

Other Modes

Record your session

While performing any of the above TeamViewer functions, you can record your entire TeamViewer session. This can be helpful in keeping a record of the activities performed by other persons on your computer in case there is a need. For example, to share it with persons who were unable to attend it live or in case of a data breach to know what went wrong.

Access Limiting

The Access limiting feature of TeamViewer is centrally important to all other TeamViewer modes. With this function, you control who can join in a session, who can change TeamViewer settings, who can view only your activity by disabling their mouse and keyboard or perform tasks on the remotely connected device, configure each participant individual operating rights and a few other key functions.

EndNote

Although TeamViewer has a few other alternates, it still stands out from them. It’s one of the pioneers in remote working applications. It’s also the first to offer mobile screen sharing on the iOS platform. TeamViewer is offered in both free and paid versions, so its modes discussed here might vary on what you are using. Also, a few options vary between its windows and iOS versions.

by Augusto Baldi

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