3 Ways To Access Your Data Remotely


These days the need to be able to work from anywhere is a given.

Access to your email and data is right.

Unfortunately, it’s not a universal right.

Still, the ability to access your email and data from anywhere allows you and your business to move forward.

Here are the 3 main ways people access their data remotely.


The most traditional of the 3 are VPNs or Virtual Private Networks.

VPNs typically require an app that’s installed on your laptop.

You start the app.

Log in.

And you’re connected to your office network securely.

It works well in most instances.

But it’s not always the best choice.


The second remote access method is Remote Desktop.

If you’re a Microsoft Windows user this is a good way to go.

Typically this method makes sense if you have a desktop at the office.

With this method, if you have a laptop or a desktop at home you just click on an icon.

Log in.

And you’re on your office computer and everything looks familiar.

A lot of my clients really like this method of connecting.

It’s configured in a secure manner and is a seamless way of connecting to your office.


The third method is my favorite.


This method takes a little bit of planning and a shift in thinking if you’re not a cloud person.

The cloud method requires using a service like Microsoft Office 365 or Google G Suite.

When using these services you set up your data to live in the cloud using OneDrive or SharePoint.

Or Google Drive.

Then you set up all of your computers or devices to connect to your data.

Then no matter where you are.

Your data is with you.

It’s fast and secure.

Need a file.

Click on your OneDrive in Windows Explorer and voila!

You’re working.

It’s easy peasy.


Working remote isn’t as much of a chore as it was 10 years ago.

Access to your data is just a few clicks away using any of these 3 methods.

Which one is right for you?

It depends.

Consult with your friendly local technologist and discuss your options.

Happy remote access.