How to remotely access your office on the go
When you’re away from the office on business or on holiday, you can still check in wherever you happen to be with little more than your smartphone.
We’ve handpicked some key apps and accessories to make sure your small or medium sized business is always just a tap, swipe or long press away.
Office 365 is one of the easiest ways to keep all your work in one, accessible-anywhere place. As an app suite, it features Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, the same apps that you probably have on your desktop. With each subscription you also get a mammoth 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage.
Your files are saved and synced online, in the cloud, and you can access them anywhere you have an internet connection, and share them with whoever you like. With just your email address and password, you can open files on your smartphone, tablet or laptop, work on them, share them, and pick up the same files wherever you are later.
You can get it on a flexible, 30-day rolling contract with a full suite of phone support features direct from O2 Business.
In a nutshell, Parallels Access makes a PC or laptop in your office accessible on your smartphone or tablet. Cleverly rejigging the user interface of Windows 10 or Mac OS so that it all looks a little bit more like a smartphone app selection pane, you can simply log in while you’re on the go, swipe through all your desktop applications, open one and get working.
It even supports more advanced apps like Photoshop and Premiere Pro, giving you potential supercomputer power in the palm of your hand.
Moving away from apps and onto hardware, the smanos Smart Video Doorbell (£159) will send your smartphone a notification anytime someone presses the bell, or anytime the motion detector senses movement outside your front door. From there you’re able to stream live HD video of your front door – and even talk to whoever’s at the front door -straight from your smartphone, from anywhere in the world, as long as you have internet access.
Once you’ve decided you can trust the person at your front door, you can give them access to your office if you’re away. And that’s where a system like Samsung’s SmartThings comes in handy.
The Samsung SmartThings connected security system, paired with a Yale Real Living lock (£175) allows you to remotely unlock your office door from virtually anywhere. Once you’ve set up your StarterKit (£200), the SmartThings system lets you connect with all sorts of devices, from your heat and lighting to, yes, your doorbell, locks and security system.
But what if it’s a padlocked door you need to grant access to? The Master Lock Bluetooth padlock (£60) could be your solution. Wherever you are in the world, you can share lock access to any contact in your address book using the Master Lock app for Android and iOS.
Once you’ve shared access with someone you trust, they can use their phone’s Bluetooth function to unlock it. The app even allows you to revoke access or only allow it within set hours, for maximum control and security, wherever you are.