With many tools for connecting you to your office, freely available. The choice seems vast but really there are a few front runners for you to consider.
Before I begin, you should know this article only looks at Windows based systems and not MAC or Linux. Please feel free to comment if you would like me to cover these I will in a future article. I didn’t want this to be too long a read.
The trouble with all of these tools is that you take over the screen and work away. When you are not in your office anyone who is can happily watch you work.
What is good about these tools, apart from the price, is that there is no firewall configuration required. This also works well when we need to show someone how to do something. My company does a lot of technical support / training this way using the paid for versions of the above as well as Citrix based GoToAssist.
For this reason, you should use Microsoft’s remote Desktop Connection to connect to a PC. This locks the screen and you work away totally privately in the background. Anyone looking at the screen would see the logon screen showing that the PC is locked.
The experience is faster also. Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) is free and part of Windows 2000 onward. So XP, Vista, and Win 7 are all easy to setup.
In order for this to work your router/firewall must be configured to allow remote desktop connections. If you have a Small Business Server 2003/2008 or 2011 then this is a matter of publishing your servers’ remote ports to pass the sessions to any PC in your office.
I won’t go into detail here as to how to set this up as there are many variables. Your IT support provider should know how to do this securely.
I prefer using Remote Desktop Connection because it is quick and easy to use once it is setup. It also takes over your desktop so you appear as though you are looking directly at your office PC monitor. Also it allows mapping of printers so you can print files you are working on directly to your printer at home or in the office.