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What is remote desktop
As the need for communication grows, we find more creative ways to be able to assist each other. A prime example of this is remote desktop. As the name suggests, remote desktop allows your PC desktop to be remotely accessed and controlled. This article aims to give you a better understanding of remote desktop.
What is remote desktop?
Remote desktop enables the possibility for your to allow remote access to to your computer as you see it. With this an authorized person will be able to log into your computer and work on your computer like they were in front of it.Remote desktop generally works with a server/client relation, where your system act as the server to which the client (remote) connects.
Why do I need remote desktop?
Remote desktop is used for and array of various functions. IT people will use this functionality to gain access to a remote server, to do configurations, installations, and preform maintenance. Support people can quickly help you remotely to solve problems or/and even show you how to work with programs that you are having problems with. Remote desktop is a simple yet elegant solution to assist with various tasks.
What are the dangers of remote desktop?
Don't be fooled, remote desktop does have security complications. Should a person who is incompetent, malicious or whatever negative reason gain access to your connection, you could be compromised, even suffer damages. The same goes or viruses that could gain remote access to your system. For this reason, make sure the connecting party is trustworthy or you can have a point of responsibility to refer a matter to.
The remote desktop servers/clients do offer security mechanisms for authentication. Like any password, make sure you choose a strong password.
There are some technical details and considerations surrounding remote desktop. As remote desktop does use ports on your system, the following must be taken into account.
- Anti-virus / Firewall - Your application may block traffic on the remote desktop port, always check to see if access is allowed
- Router / NAT / Rules - To gain access from the Internet to your computer may require configuration in your router to allow the external traffic to terminate locally.
Each remote desktop works differently, some like Teamviewer uses a clever way to bypass some of these limitations by utilizing port 80 which is generally open (source) . You will need to look into the options available and select the best solution for your environment.
Where do I get remote desktop?
Most operating systems do have a native server (Windows - RDP, Ubuntu - VNC). There is a large variety of applications available. a nice resource is http://lifehacker.com/5080121/five-best-remote-desktop-tools and a detailed comparison is available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_remote_desktop_software. Depending on your operating system (e.g. Windows) you can choose a suitable solution.
This article is focusing on the concept and understanding of remote desktop. There are a large number of ways to enable and configure remote desktops, and for the unexperienced this may become very tricky without some other understating such a port forwarding when trying to make external connections.