Sunday, 3 February 2013
Hello everyone! We are together once again. I want to talk about remote desktop software today, as it makes life easier for many people, including me. Remote desktop software is a software which allows you to connect to other computers, and access their desktop as if it was yours via the internet.
It's getting more and more popular day by day since it has many uses. It can be used for remote administration, it can be used to control computers without external peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and monitors (in order to reducse cost). It can also be used to access your own computer while you're at work or vice versa, and many other similar cases like this.
The one downside to using remote desktop is that the computer has to be turned on all the time in order to be able to access it. This problem can be solved by alternative means such as Wake on LAN. (it allows the computer to turn on when it recieves a message from the network) You might also experience lag/delay/slowness depending on the location you're connecting to and the internet speeds.
There has also been reports of malicious use of remote desktop software, such as people calling victims or sending them mails, claiming that they are from Microsoft or an anti-virus company, telling the victim that they have to check their computer, and convince them into letting the hacker into the computer. This will mostly result with your computer being infected by trojan software.
The working principle of remote desktop software is pretty simple. A copy of the controlled computer's image is sent to the controlling computer, and is updated whenever something happens. The keyboard/mouse access is given to the controlling computer directly, so it looks like as if direct input is happening on the controlled computer when you look at it.
There are many remote desktop software available to use in our time. The most popular one, since even the home users with lesser computer knowledge are known to use it, is surely TeamViewer. I can say it's my preference of remote desktop software as well since it's pretty easy and straight forward to use. It's free, and it also offers small extras like being able chat with the computer you're connected to. If you're satisfied with TeamViewer, you can also buy a license for commercial use.
RealVNC and other VNC software are also quite popular, even though they're less recognized by home users. I believe I talked about RealVNC in one of my earlier posts, so check it out if you wonder what it is. Then again, I believe TeamViewer is superior compared to any of these, both in terms of features and the user friendliness.
Microsoft also offers an integrated remote desktop software, if you don't want to bother with installing software for it. It's called Remote Desktop Protocol/Connection (depends on the Windows you use) if you want to give it a try. Note that you'll need to enable remote desktop connections on the host computer in order for this to be successful.
Of course, there are many other ways/software for a remote desktop access. I just wanted to give basic information about it, and my recommendations of remote desktop software. I hope this helps you out, as I use remote desktop software in a near-daily basis, usually in order to help my girlfriend when she experiences problems with her computer.
That would be all for now, see you another day folks!