How much does KVM software cost?
If you are in a work from home situation (like most of the world right now), and you don’t have access to a VPN, KVM software is an absolute must.
Keyboard, Video, and Mouse software is an easy way to create a secure connection between your home and your business’ networks or more specifically your computer at your business. We all need to access our work files stored in our company’s severs — and hackers are aware of this.
Simply put, if you’re connecting remotely to your business’ network without a VPN or KVM software, you’re leaving the gate open for stolen data, malicious viruses, and any other option in a hacker’s tool belt.
And while a VPN does help prevent against hackers stealing your connection to access your business’ network, a VPN isn’t always the best solution for the situation. That’s where KVM software comes into play.
HOW DOES KVM SOFTWARE WORK?
KVM software essentially turns your personal laptop or mobile device into a remote control, like the remote that controls your TV. As soon as your laptop connects to your work computer at the office, the only data that is passed between the two is that which comes from your keyboard and mouse — with your screen showing you what is happening on your work computer, like a window into your office.
From here, you can access all of your files just like you were in the office — because, as far as your computer in the office is concerned, you are.
Since the only data being passed through your home’s wi-fi to your business’ network are keystrokes and mouse clicks, hackers don’t have much to go on, and will move on to an easier target.
HOW MUCH DOES KVM SOFTWARE COST?
The most popular KVM software is LogMeIn, which offers three tiered pricing: Individual, Power Users, and Small Business.
Through LogMeIn’s Individual plan, you’ll be able to remotely access up to two computers, support unlimited users, conduct remote printing, access 1 TB of file storage, and one free license to LastPass, a password organizer, for $30 per month.
Through LogMeIn’s Power Users plan, you’ll have access to all of the functionalities listed above, plus the ability to connect with up to five computers, and three free licenses to LastPass, for $70 per month.
Through LogMeIn’s Small Business plan, you’ll have access to all of the features listed above, plus the ability to connect to ten computers, and five free licenses to LastPass, for $129 per month.
All of LogMeIn’s plans are billed annually, so be prepared for a steep upfront cost when purchasing their service.
Another option is RemotePC, which offers much of the same functionality as LogMeIn, and has four tiers of pricing:
With RemotePC’s Consumer plan, you’ll be able to remotely access up to two computers, transfer files, conduct remote printing, host video conferences, and share AR (augmented reality) power video, for $22.12 per user per year.
With RemotePC’s SOHO plan, you’ll have access to all of the functionalities listed above, plus remote access to up to ten computers, for $52.12 per user per year.
Through RemotePC’s Team plan, you’ll have access to all of the features listed above, plus remote access to fifty computers, and 24/7 support — the major bonus to this plan being the plan is not limited to a single user — you can have as many users per license as you’d like.
Finally, RemotePC’s Enterprise plan gives you access to all of the previously listed features, plus unlimited user licenses, remote access to one hundred computers, the ability to organize groups, remote reboot, computer grouping, and setting custom user permissions for $374.62 per year.
RemotePC is currently offering a sale on all packages of up to 50% due to the COVID-19 pandemic — so if you’re thinking about making use of KVM software, now is a good time to start. These prices will only be available for the first year, however, so make sure to budget for an increase when your contract renews.
HOW ELSE CAN YOU WORK SECURELY FROM HOME?
If you have access to a trusted device (meaning a device with all of your company’s security measures in place, such as antivirus software and firewalls), a VPN is a good option. For more information on VPNs, visit our blog about working from home securely.