In this technological age that we are living in, it is important to be able to access information no matter what device you happen to be using or where you are. Along with having access to the Internet from any location, if you use multiple devices for your work, you will need to have a way to sync the devices together to be certain that your business apps are synced up and your files are always easy for you to access. Here are some ways to go about doing that:
1. Desktop software and web apps for synchronizing files
The purpose of app and file syncing software is to allow you to start working on a document on one device, then switch to a different device and pick up exactly where you left off. The copying of files by manual means over a network or sending emails to your own account no longer need to be done. Software designed for syncing comes in two main types:
– Desktop applications: If you do not want to store any of your files online, there is software available that is capable of syncing your files locally or over a private network. The software can set a schedule for encrypting, compressing or syncing files. It can also store multiple versions of replaced files. Finally, they enable you to sync with servers, FTP sites and external drives.
– Cloud-based syncing services: These services sync folders between your devices. They will also save a copy of the folder online. If you happen to make any changes to the files contained in that folder, all of the changes are immediately updated on the other devices. You are able to access your business apps and files from a smartphone. File sharing is also available.
2. The use of devices that are portable to sync business apps and files
You can carry your files around by using portable equipment such as a USB flash drive or a hard drive. There are people who use their iPods for this task. You can use software to sync between the external drive and the computer or work with the files and apps directly.
These are the most popular ways to keep your business apps and devices in sync with one another, although there are supposedly others on the horizon. If you have website that has a merchant account and you accept credit cards for payments, syncing your devices is critical. If there is an emergency with your site and one device dies on you, being able to switch devices to access your information can be helpful.