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Secure, remote file access for iPhone, iPod touch

updated 02:10 pm EDT, Tue September 18, 2007

Desktop access for iPhone

1stWorks on Tuesday announced the launch of Files2Phones, a Web-based application that instantly displays the contents of files on a remote PC to an iPhone or iPod touch -- using SSL technology to protect the data. The company claims that any application or file type, documents, presentations, spreadsheets, audio, video, even CAD drawings -- virtually any file that can be opened on your PC -- can now be viewed remotely on your iPhone or iPod touch. The application requires users install server software on their PC (Windows-only) and drop the local directories or individual files for remote access into public, private or guest folders. The files are immediately added to the personal F2P directory at a personalized page on Web -- where they can be viewed using the Safari browser. Security is managed by user/password and time-frame (in addition to detailed logging of all transfers/requests).

Users can also view an instantaneous image of the desktop PC display (and of any monitor when used with a multiple monitor setup). The software, which also enables users to launch the webcam and see the image in their browser, can be used for security while traveling or for just checking in on the desktop from any location, according to the company.

The service also allows users to send photos from their mobile phone: simply take the picture with the iPhone camera, email it to a personal directory at your page and Files2Phones will automatically add the image into the published picture file.

From the iPhone, users can also email specifically encrypted links to share any file from the desktop system and the file will open for the recipient in a browser.

Files2Phones is available immediately for the iPhone and the iPod touch for $30 per 3-months or $100/year. Files2Phone Access Server requires Windows XP, 2000, and Vista 32-bit computers.

by MacNN Staff




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