Remote Login

How to Work in Desktop Sharing

Remote Login Let's say you're preparing a huge PowerPoint presentation for a big Friday meeting. All PowerPoint and PDF files and images you want to use in your presentation are stored on your computer's hard drive at work. Thursday rolling around and you wake up to a nasty stomach virus. You do not feel like going to the office, but you have to complete the presentation. This is where remote login can help.

Until now, virtual private networks (VPNs) are the only way to access work files from home remotely. But VPN access is not the same as accessing your computer's hard drive at work. A VPN gives you access to a local area network (LAN) in your office. With VPN, you can only access your PowerPoint presentation files if you are storing them on the network, not just on your computer's hard drive. However, remote login uses a simple desktop sharing software to give you "remote control" to access your computer - and all hard drive software and files - from devices connected to Internet anywhere in the world.

Remote logos are exactly like sharing a desktop. By sharing a desktop, there are two separate parties: host computers and remote users. To share desktops, the host computer allows remote users to view desktop hosted content via the Internet. The host computer can also provide keyboard and mouse controls to remote users. In remote login, your home or office computer is the host and you (in this case) are remote users.

Remote Login Requires Three Main Components:
  • Software downloads
  • Internet connection
  • Secure network sharing network


To work with remote login, the host computer and all remote users must download and install the same desktop sharing software. Software sharing sharing is usually included in two different programs:
  1. The client is distributing a desktop running on the host computer.
  2. A program viewer that allows remote users to view the desktop content of a host computer in a resizable window.

Remote login only works if the host computer is on, connected to the Internet and runs desktop sharing software. Whenever you open and run desktop sharing software on a host computer, the software starts a new session. Each session has a specific ID and / or password required for remote host computer login. After a session has been established, most desktop sharing software is quietly running on the host computer's background until a remote login request is made.

To log in to the host computer from home (or while traveling), you must run both versions of desktop software sharing and enter the correct session ID or password. Or some services allow you to enter through a website. After you log in, the two computers will talk to each other through a secure desktop sharing network. Access to this network may be free or subscription-based, depending on the service. Once connected, you will have access to keyboard controls, mouse controls, all software, and all files on the host machine.

For security purposes, all packets of information sent to the network are usually encrypted at each end by encoding a secure shell (SSH) or 128-bit advanced standard encryption (AES). For added security, no session ID or password stored on a desktop sharing server; they are automatically generated by the host machine Remote Login.

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