Access Your PC or Mac from Your iPad

Connected flexibility and productivity in one place.

With the explosion of tablets like the iPad, it’s more about necessity than convenience when it comes to the accessibility of documents and files located on your Mac/Windows computer. For example, you’re in negotiations with a client who requests additional information that you know is back on your office computer. What do you do? Do you call someone and ask them to send it to you via email? That doesn’t sound very efficient. A better solution would be to access those files and documents directly on your computer from your iPad.

This type of connectivity provides you with complete access to your files, without the complexity and potential costs of copying or syncing files. The best way to accomplish this is with hopTo, our powerful yet simple-to-use iPad app.

File availability anywhere, anytime.

Whether you’re in the office, at home, or on the go, hopTo gives you complete file and document access to your PC or Mac and cloud storage services—Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive and Egnyte. Long gone are the days of USB drives, external hard drives, or even shared connections (which can be confusing and time consuming to set up) to move files between your computer and iPad.

With hopTo, you’ll always have access to everything you need when you’re away from your office or home computer.

Why integrate your computer into your hopTo personal cloud?

There are a number of reasons for doing this, the most obvious being remarkable convenience. No matter how diligent we are about uploading files into our cloud storage services, we are bound to leave something on the computer that we will need later while on the go, whether you are in a meeting in a conference room or sitting out in the backyard, all files are at reach with hopTo!

Accessing files on your PC or Mac from your iPad, no matter where you are, brings the future right into the present. While convenience is key, there are many other reasons for integrating your computer into hopTo’s comprehensive mobile workspace.

Unified access. By including your computer link in your personal cloud, it becomes part of the unified access function: the ability to search across all of your cloud storage services and your computer at once.

Enhanced productivity. The hopTo workspace gives you true mobile productivity by letting you search for files, edit and create Office documents, view PDFs and images, and share your files, all from within your personal cloud. Your PC or Mac files can be included in the multitasking interface along with files from your cloud services.

In other words, you’ll have the same great advantages for those files that didn’t make it into a cloud storage service. You’ll be saving a lot of time and gaining much needed productivity by having this centralized connectivity.

Optimized for mobile. Unlike remote desktop access, with hopTo you don’t have to view and access files through a tiny version of your desktop machine. Our workspace is an elegant, simple, and easy-to-use native iPad interface with full Office cloud-based document editing functions.

hopTo differs from remote desktop access in another very important way: In the hopTo app, you are connected to everything. This gives you the ability to search across all of your cloud services and your computer without having to log in and log out of each one separately.

Advantages of connecting storage and your computer in one place.

Centralized connectivity gives you optimal mobile productivity with the ability to access, search, share, edit and create files immediately across multiple locations within one centralized workspace. Not only is this a great convenience, it is essential for productivity.

There’s always talk of security issues around cloud storage and people wonder if a file is going to end up on someone else’s server. hopTo approaches this issue with some key benefits. One is that your hosting location always remains distinct and intact, meaning that if you edit a file hosted on Dropbox, it will always be saved back to Dropbox.

Likewise with your PC or Mac connection. Any file that you access and edit will be saved back to your computer. This is very important if, for example, you need to access some secure financial files on your PC from your iPad, you won’t run the risk of your data ending up anywhere but back on your PC.

And lastly, connecting your storage and computer in hopTo’s centralized workspace truly supports your mobile needs by removing boundaries and unnecessary obstacles that a small device like the iPad shouldn’t have to handle.

Tips for staying productive during MARCH MADNESS!

With March Madness in full swing –“Braketology” is everywhere! Especially in the office. While it’s proven that this time of year boosts morale, it also hurts productivity. Experts forecast that companies will lose upwards of $1.2 billion for every unproductive work hour during the first week of the tournament!

The productivity experts here at hopTo have some easy tips for staying caught up on work during the tournament

• Get your to-do list in order BEFORE each game day. If possible, make your list for the entire 2 weeks of the tournament.

• Don’t be a hero. You can’t watch ALL of the games. Make a list of the games you want/need to watch (or track in real time) and let the others go. You can catch up on all of the “madness” after work

• Schedule in time where the TV and computer are turned OFF and you can get your work done. It will hurt a little. But you will survive (and so will your work!)

• Since you are putting in time following the tournament, adjust to accommodate that into your life – after all – your sleep shouldn’t suffer! Spend less time on social media, save your regularly scheduled TV watching for after the tournament (let us all give thanks for the DVR….), reschedule that oil change, etc.

• Just because basketball is taking over the airwaves doesn’t mean you have to watch it from your desk or couch. Go to the gym on your lunch hour, hop on a treadmill and turn on the games! No need to put those holiday pounds back on!

Don’t forget to download hopTo from the App Store @ http://appstore.com/hopto!

Making the iPad Your Productivity Tool With hopTo

It’s the year of productivity. Everywhere you look on the Internet, in the App store, or when you log into banking or product sites, productivity is the current buzzword. Leaving you with the question, how can I be more productive, but still have work-life balance?

In the office, like everyone you have to juggle multiple projects (personal and work), distractions, email overload, and constant interruptions. As work and personal productivity becomes increasingly intertwined and more mobile, you have the added stress of trying to organize and manage files between your PC and your iPad. The solution is a truly connected productivity tool that’s quick and easy to use while you’re on the go.

Anywhere access is key

For the mobile traveler, sales person, marketer, or simply when you need to use a smaller device, setting up your iPad for true mobile productivity means having immediate access to all your work and personal files that are often located in different cloud storage providers and a home or office computer.

Creating your own personal cloud that includes access to documents and files that are located on Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and your PC is the first step toward mobile productivity. By centralizing everything you need in a single location, you’ll have that essential anywhere access to files and documents.

To be truly productive you will want to create and edit Office files and documents, view PowerPoint presentations and Adobe PDFs, and insert images in your documents when needed. The ability to open multiple files in a tabbed interface would make the iPad an even better productivity tool compared with the typical single task at a time usage.

You could try to patch several iPad apps together to attempt to accomplish all of these tasks, or you can choose one app – hopTo.

Optimized Productivity with application availability

At home, you may want to email and share personal and business files or work on a Word newsletter document for an organization where you perform volunteer work. When you’re on the road, you may need to edit and share Office documents while attending a conference or sales meeting. At work, you might need to edit an Excel budget, or view PowerPoint presentations while away from your desktop PC. In a single mobile workspace, hopTo enables you to multitask with the ability to edit Office documents and access remote files on your iPad, no matter where you are.

Even more productivity for your files

Further increasing your productivity is the intuitive multitasking interface of hopTo. Within the app space, hopTo places each document in its own separate, browser-like tab, letting you easily switch back and forth—something that iPad apps normally don’t let you do. The ability to track changes is a necessity for collaborative work, and hopTo provides this essential feature.

When you want to insert images into a Word document, you can use Google search from within the app or pull images from your camera roll. And for those who like to know where their files reside, hopTo has a built-in file manager and displays a list of recent files so you don’t have to search for them in the cloud.

The combination of centralized cloud storage and an app that connects to your PC from an iPad—with remote application access to Office documents—makes the iPad a true productivity tool.

The ease of sharing files in a centralized mobile workspace

And finally, sharing files has just gotten easier with hopTo’s centralized mobile workspace. Once you create, edit and save files in cloud storage, you can share them quickly with colleagues, family and friends through email or the cloud, giving you the flexibility to be productive from anywhere, anytime.

Cloud Storage – Your personal and business storage while mobile

In the last five years, cloud storage providers like Box, Dropbox and Google Drive have burst onto the scene as the latest and greatest technology for backing up and storing data. Even though it’s increasing popularity, there’s still a distrust of this mysterious, recent technology. What is it? How does it work? And most important, is it safe?

Everything old is new again

First, it’s good to know that cloud storage is neither new nor mysterious. The conception of cloud storage actually started in the 1960s with the development of the data center; huge rooms with mainframe computers and row after row of data storage devices that people accessed through terminals and programs running on the mainframe.

Then the PC arrived on the scene with its own storage capability (though the first PCs had as little as 16KB of internal storage and two 160KB disk drives—laughable to think of this now!). As we all know, the PC took the world by storm, storage capacities became huge, and enterprises invested millions in their own data centers and IT teams.

This model eventually became too expensive and complicated to manage, and with the introduction of faster and lower cost networks and mobile devices, cloud storage emerged. Technologically, it’s the advanced concept of the old data centers; the servers are now remote and shared, and the means of access is the public Internet.

Today, it’s a system that lets you access your data from anywhere, anytime

The phrase sounds great, but what does it mean? In plain words, the elevator pitch is: Cloud storage (e.g., Box, Dropbox, Google Drive) lets you save your files onto a remote database server where you can then access, manage, and share them from both your mobile devices and your PC over the Internet, either through native applications or a Web interface.

The longer description includes different levels of cloud storage, which accommodate everything from mobile or personal use to business application accessibility to large enterprise storage systems across multiple servers in multiple data centers around the world (think Amazon, Google, world financial systems, and large military industrial complexes).

Our focus, however, is on how cloud storage can integrate both your personal and business needs together on a mobile device like an iPad. With all of your cloud storage services connected together in one spot, it makes it easier to work on documents while you are mobile. This kind of centralization also make it easier to create and edit files in Office applications from your mobile device and provides you with the flexibility to share those documents from anywhere.

Is cloud storage easy to use?

In a word, yes. There are hundreds of services to choose from—many of them free—that offer a variety of features to suit your needs. Once you set up an account and download the app on your mobile devices, you can start storing (uploading) your files either through an app on your computer or device, or via the service’s Web interface. Automatic synching among all your devices and your computer keeps your files up-to-date and consistent.

Is my stuff secure?

This is probably the most important and often-asked question about cloud storage. When you upload your files and data into the cloud, it starts to get crowded “up there” in terms of who owns and controls what. On your own personal computer, you own and control everything on it. Once you put your files into a public space, however, the game changes.

For personal use of cloud storage, it’s up to each individual to secure their own files. Cloud storage services provide encryption and decryption of data while it’s in their data centers. But, what happens to the protection when you sync, share, and store files? For that added bit of security, the best advice is to password-protect or encrypt your files before you upload (actually fairly easy to do on both Mac and Windows!).

For businesses that allow mobile users to bring their own devices into work and upload files to their personal cloud, company strategies and IT regulations are essential to avoid security breaches. Encryption and password-protection technology, and the ability to remotely wipe the device should be basic security practice these days. It’s also a good idea to make sure that the cloud security offered by the vendor matches what your business expects.

In a word, yes, your stuff is secure. Cloud storage vendor success depends on protecting everyone’s data. But your stuff is even more secure with your own protection efforts. The combination of precise company policies for securing data, password-protecting or encrypting your files, and securing your mobile devices are the surest ways to keep your stuff safe.

There is, finally, one benefit we haven’t mentioned yet

Tablets and mobile devices have become smaller and more convenient and allow users to be more productive from anywhere. With cloud storage, you don’t have to worry about filling up hard drives with your backed up data or worse, losing valuable information if your external hard drive or flash disk are lost or stolen. Everything you need is at your fingertips in your own cloud storage and can be simply accessed from mobile devices like an iPad.