The Internet is truly a remarkable thing. Whether it be search engines, social media platforms or collaboration software, information from all over the world can be accessed with just a few keystrokes. Today when we have a question, we tend to say “just Google it”. Or if we’re going to get in contact with someone, you’ll hear “I’ll Skype you”, or “look me up on Facebook”. And now, through the use of remote desktop software such as Mikogo, we’re even accessing entire computers via the Internet. Well, not quite for hardware issues – however wouldn’t that be impressive 🙂 But as we now turn to the Internet for so many needs, it is important to learn to play safe – an issue we take a look at below.
So if you’re new to the Mikogo Blog, then you might be asking yourself: “what exactly is remote desktop software?” Put simply, this software allows a user to directly connect to another computer over the Internet. Not for peer-to-peer file sharing, rather something else. Read on…
Once a remote desktop connection has been made, the user can see any screen content on the remote desktop computer live over the Web. Furthermore they can potentially access all the services, software, and files stored on the remote computer, as if they were sitting right in front of it. This type of software has revolutionary implications for both businesses and individuals; employees can quite literally work on their office machines from halfway across the globe. However as with any Internet service, there are certain security steps that one should be aware of. Today, we’ll be looking at how you can get the most from your Mikogo sessions using our security features, along with the advantages of using remote desktop software.
Be safe online
As mentioned, there are always security questions when using the Internet. That is why with Mikogo we have incorporated many security measures to ensure the safety of the users’ data and computer. For example:
- Session Password – usually when you start Mikogo, you are assigned a random 9-digit Session ID that your participants use to join the remote desktop session. But for those who want even more, you can add a password this is needed on top of the session ID.
- Explicit consent – nobody can remotely control your computer without you first allowing it. And furthermore you are able to stop the technician from remotely controlling your computer with the use of a shortcut key: Ctrl+F12 (for Windows) or Ctrl+ESC (for Macs).
- Lock Session – after your participants have joined your remote desktop session, whether it be for remote support or an online meeting, it is advised to lock your session. This means nobody else can enter your session and view your screen, even if they have the correct session ID.
Of course there are many more security features in Mikogo (AES encryption, session password, etc) which is why we have provided details about them on the security page of the website. I simply mentioned the above three as examples because I think these are so great but perhaps not everyone is aware of these.
As mentioned, this kind of collaboration software has a tremendous impact on businesses, especially when dealing with sensitive data. For example, instead of sending copies of a sensitive project with a traveling employee, remote desktop software allows that employee to work on his or her project from anywhere on Earth, while still keeping the project located on company servers. Remote desktop solutions aren’t just for companies, though. Install it on your own personal machine at home, and you’ll be treated like a god after fixing your family and friends’ computer problems from afar.
The Bottom Line
Mikogo remote desktop software is secure and this is something we pride ourselves in, but it’s important for users to be aware of the security features – for peace of mind during your next remote desktop session. With the proper attitude and awareness, remote desktop software is safe, secure, and above all else, very useful.