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Remotely Access Files Using RealVNC

by on May 18th, 2010

Wouldn’t it be neat if while using your iPad you could access all of your files on your home computer when you are sitting on the beach or in a meeting? This is now possible for the iPad using the RealVNC App.

In a typical computing environment, VNC (Virtual Network Computing) is a graphical desktop sharing system that allows a you to remotely control or access another computer. It transmits keyboard and mouse events from one computer to another, relaying the graphical screen updates back in the other direction, over a network.

Now the VNC Viewer App connects your iPad (also iPhone and iPod touch) to any computer in the world and display its desktop to let you take control. You can run applications, change settings and access data exactly as you would be permitted to do if you were sitting in front of it.

With the VNC Viewer App you can pinch to zoom into a specific area, or out to see the whole picture. There is a mouse button mode that allows for precise control over mouse button and scrolling operations. You can transfer text between applications on your computer and iPad and supports automatic performance optimization.

There is a Home an Enterprise Edition available for download. According to the RealVNC web site, integrated session security provides protection from connection snooping, man-in-the-middle attacks and packet-tampering attacks and boasts the following security features:

  • VNC Server Authentication uses 2048-bit RSA keys to verify identity.
  • VNC Viewer supports both usernames and passwords of up to 256 characters each.
  • Secure communication with 128-bit AES—the experts’ choice for high performance encryption.

The RealVNC application costs $9.99 and is available from the iTunes App Store. If you do a lot of work away from home or office you may be willing to pay the price. The company also offers a trial version of RealVNC at no cost. If anyone has tried the app please share your experience with us!


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