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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 February 15, 2019

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

                          Daytum

                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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