1. Windows Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) - This Microsoft built-in feature allows you to access a remote computer using the same network. Windows RDC, in nature, is disabled by default. To enable this, follow the steps below (this works for Windows 7,8, and 10).
Type in remote access
Click Allow remote access to your computer
Select Allow remote connections to this computer on the Remote tab in the System Properties window
If you’re using Windows 7, then know that you’ll be presented with three distinct options. These are Don’t allow connections to this computer, Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure), and Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (more secure).
Windows RDC, in general, can only be used using the same network. If you’re planning to connect to a remote device or server with a different network, then you may need to accomplish a few additional steps. These can either be through a Virtual Private Network or a VPN or through exposing Windows RDC over the internet.
2. Remote access software - One of the most secure and convenient remote access solutions is through investing in a remote access software. This tool allows you to connect to a remote endpoint device or a server even outside of your local network. Generally, a remote access software displays the screen of the target device you’re trying to remote to on your local computer. This will enable you to access files, run programs, and even perform certain administrative tasks.
It is important to note, however, that some remote access software are not free. You may need to spend a few dollars before you can download and install one in your end. However, there is still a few free remote access software that is both secure and efficient. Nevertheless, it is a more secure and convenient option than Windows RDC.
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- Released: 03/07/2019
- Updated: 03/25/2019