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10 Best Free Remote Desktop Tools You Should Know

10 Best Free Remote Desktop Tools You Should Know

Remote desktop tools and features have been around for years. Most such tools and features were built with IT administrators and managers in mind – they make it easy for IT support personnel to access connected computers via a ‘master’ computer. But with the increasing popularity of smartphones and tablets, the average user also feels the need to access their home or work PC while on the go. Thankfully, there are dozens of remote desktop tools and features that blur the boundaries between your devices.

Here’s our list of 10 such tools. We have deliberately chosen a few that are most useful to IT admins in businesses, as well as a few that are most useful to individual users and one-person companies.

1. TeamViewer

Teamviewer

    Available in premium and free versions, TeamViewer is quite an impressive online collaboration tool used for virtual meetings and sharing presentations. It brings features like full-time access to the remote computers and servers, plus online meetings with support for up to 25 participants, and many other useful features. Also, the setup is incredibly easy and user friendly. If you’re a businessperson planning to conduct online meetings or training sessions, TeamViewer can be a good option.

    2. Splashtop

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    Splashtop

      With more than 15 million users across the globe, Splashtop is another one of our best remote desktop tools. What makes this remote tool different from the rest is its amazing screen refresh rate and audio/video streaming capabilities. If you’re associated with the education industry, there is a special version that can bring your classroom alive, and there are other separate options for personal, business and enterprise use.

      3. Chrome Remote Desktop

      Chrome Remote Desktop

        Surprised? Well, Google Chrome has an amazing extension for remote desktop too! It allows you to set up your computer to secure remote access. This could be a great tool for your remote desktop as there is almost zero interruption during the connection. Setting it up can be a little tedious, but once you are done, it more than makes up for it through its abundance of features.

        4. Microsoft Remote Desktop

        Microsoft Remote Desktop

          The trusty old Microsoft also offers a remote desktop facility. The Remote Desktop feature in Windows 7 allows you to remotely take control of your computer over a secure network connection, while you are on the go. While the feature ships with all Windows 7 editions, the connection can be made only with computers running the Enterprise, Ultimate or Professional editions. One of its biggest benefits is that it is free.

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          5. TightVNC

          TightVNC

            VNC, or Virtual Network Computing, is a graphical desktop sharing system that utilizes the remote frame buffer protocol to control another computer remotely. TightVNC utilizes this system to provide a high-caliber, remote desktop monitoring service. Its ample support for multiple operating systems make this remote desktop tool quite popular among business users and IT managers. If you are looking for free remote control software package, this is one of the best options.

            6. Mikogo

            Mikogo

              Are you looking for a remote desktop tool that allows you to share your desktop with a number of participants with higher quality? If yes, Mikogo is the best option for you. Presenter switching, remote control, whiteboard, file sharing and session recording are a few of the amazing features Mikogo offers to users. If you are looking for a comprehensive screen sharing tool, Mikogo is well worth investigating.

              7. LogMeIn

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              LogMeIn

                This is one of the most popular remote desktop sharing tools because of its great features. One of the most noticeable features of this tool is the advanced configuration options offered for the business users. If you want to share files, transfer files or even want to do remote printing from any browser, LogMeIn is a perfect tool for you. Apart from all these, it is speedy and offers quality images.

                8. pcAnywhere

                pcAnywhere

                  A product from well-known internet security brand Symantec, pcAnywhere enables you to use a computer to access and control another PC remotely. It will let you retrieve documents, see archived data and even troubleshoot different issues remotely through a secure one-to-one connection. pcAnywhere is very easy to use and supports different operating systems and platforms including Windows, Linux, Mac and MS Pocket PC.

                  9. GoToMyPC

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                    The GoToMyPC remote desktop is another free tool that gives you the freedom of remote access from anywhere. If you’re using mobile or tablet to carry out your business activities and wish to connect to work from any corner of the world or from home, GoToMyPC is a perfect solution for you. It also promises powerful security through data encryption using AES, and the best part is that it is extremely easy to install and start using.

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                    10. Radmin

                    Radmin

                      Known as remote administration, this is another remote desktop sharing tool that is available in free and premium versions. It comes with two different modules called “Server Module” and “Client Module,” which have to be installed on the computers or systems willing work remotely together. It is more suitable for users who wish to access network computers remotely though a LAN or internet connection. IT managers will find these solutions more exciting than individual users.

                      Have you successfully used a remote desktop for years and want to see it on this list? Has something favorable or critical to say about the ones we have chosen? Please share your thoughts, experiences and opinions in the comments!

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                      Last Updated on August 29, 2018

                      5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                      5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                      Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

                      Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

                      Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

                      1. 750words

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                      750 words

                        750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

                        750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

                        750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

                        2. Ohlife

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                        ohlife

                          Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

                          Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

                          3. Oneword

                          oneword

                            OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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                            Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

                            4. Penzu

                              Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

                              With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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                              5. Evernote

                              Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

                              Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

                              For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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