Establishing a side hustle during these testing times re economy and global pandemic is one smart decision and many people have opted for online businesses. Working online is not only convenient but also allows people to function and promote their business operations in the best way possible. The only two things one needs to start a business online are an idea and an internet connection. In case, you do not have an exciting idea for a business right away, you can always start as a freelancer. Whether you work for your own business or someone else’s, the key importance is your internet, software, and hardware equipment.
Giving you my example, I am a full-time marketing analyst but take some time out to freelance for a number of brands. This freelancing gig has not only been kind to my bank account but also has greatly strengthened my resume. As far as my supplements are concerned, Grande Communications take care of all my connectivity needs, and I use a simple PC with some exciting tools.
If you want to make a living out of your freelancing or even want to establish a business, the first thing you need after a solid internet connection and a PC is decent remote access software. In the event that you have no idea about it, I have drawn out a list of the best free remote access tools in this article. Read and learn!
What is remote access software?
A software that allows a local user to access a remote server, network, or computer is called remote access software. It allows the connectivity between two or more network/computer nodes that may be in different locations geographically and/or on different networks.
A remote access software is generally deployed on a local PC or can also be installed over the internet/network on a remote access server. The remote access software functions by maintain a connection between a remote and local host over an internet connection or network.
Following are some of the best remote access tools that you can use for free:
1. Windows Remote Desktop
Windows has an amazing inbuilt remote-control capacity that enables you to work through any Windows system that is on the network, using its Remote Desktop tool. Windows Remote Desktop has two parts:
- Remote Desktop Server
- Remote Desktop Client
The client part is accessible on almost all the versions of Windows including Home, Enterprise, and Professional. On the other hand, the server part is only accessible in the Enterprise and Professional versions of Windows.
The Windows Remote Control utilizes the Remote Desktop Protocol or RDP to interface two network systems. One of the primary benefits of RDP is that its design supports slow connections also. Moreover, its default protocol utilizes RC4 code for data encryption. If necessary, you can even switch somewhere in the range of 12 and 56-bit figures.
Windows Remote Desktop comes with a number of exciting features including proficient data transmission management, print redirection, clipboard planning, console hooking, load balancing, remote data transfer, and sound redirection, etc.
In the event that you already use Windows Enterprise or Professional version and are not interested in advanced features like voice or text chat over a remote connection, you can keep on using Windows Remote Desktop.
2. Zoho Assist
Zoho is a free online Customer Relationship Management tool and is one of the primary contenders for GSuite. As a CRM tool, Zoho has a number of different business modules like Lead Management, Mail, Canvas, Web forms, Analytics, Process Management, and Sales Management, etc. All these modules are ready to use and convenient in design. Zoho Assist is one such module, which allows you to control PCs over a network. Like Windows Remote Desktop, Zoho also comes in both variants: client and server.
Zoho Assist has all the necessary features that you can expect from remote desktop software. While all the features are great, unattended computer access takes the limelight. This feature allows you to control a network computer without the physical presence of a person on the client variant. Some of its other features are user management, clipboard sharing, UAC compatibility, instant chat, organizational rules, etc.
One important thing to note is that the free version of this software only allows one remote technician and one concurrent session at a given time.
3. ConnectWise Control
If you are looking for a small business remote access tool, there is nothing better than ConnectWise Control is. One of its best features is that it provides high-speed remote control connectivity. The connection through ConnectWise Control is compatible with Windows User Access Control (UAC) and is highly encrypted with an AES 256-bit encryption.
In order to get started, all you need to do is ask the client to install the app and then you can initiate the session from your server. The fact is that this software is targeted toward business clients and so ConnectWise Control provides granular UAC. If you deem it necessary, you can set up individual permissions as well.
Some of the other important features of ConnectWise Control are audit reports, unattended access, secure session codes, extension support, iOS and Android apps, etc. Also, do remember that free users are restricted to one remote technician, one session, and one connection. However, if you subscribe to its paid plans, you can get your hands on advanced features like clipboard support, support for more concurrent sessions and simultaneous connections, wake-on-LAN, file transfer, session trigger, chat support, etc.
Like ConnectWise, AeroAdmin is another free and rich-features business remote access software. It connects to the remote PC in the most efficient and fast manner while also encrypting the connection and data. One of its best features is the capability of the client to send an SOS prompt. As soon as the client sends it, the prompt is delivered through email and you can begin the connection immediately. If you work in an environment where the response time is expected to be instant, this remote tool is an ideal choice.
Moreover, even if you use it for free, you would be allowed to connect to PCs over various LANs and NATs. You will also have access to features like remote reboot, unattended access, support for system keys, and clipboard sync, etc. Having said that, more advanced features like file transfer, proxy support, chat, etc. are accessible to paid users only.
UltraVNC is a lightweight, open-source, and free remote desktop tool. While UltraVNC is a much simpler software in comparison to other tools on the list, it works fast and is quite lightweight.
If you want a basic level remote access tool without any advanced features like clipboard sync, unattended access, and advanced reports, etc., UltraVNC is great at its core functions.
Some of its major features include connection and data encryption, quick chat, and file transfer.