Remote Desktop

Why Is My Linux Box Getting Notifications of Remote Log Ins?

Linux!

Episode 1826

Greg from Cypress, CA

Greg starts to get security issues after he installs an app called Gnome on his Linux machine. He's getting warnings of multiple logins. Leo says that he likes Gnome and it's not likely a security issue happening. Gnome is a graphical user interface, not the operating system itself. And if there's remote access to that Linux box, that means there's a server running in the background that's allowing remote access. If you don't use it, you can easily turn it off. 

What's the Best Remote Desktop Option?

RemotePC

Episode 1823

Renee from Los Angeles, CA

Renee wants a good remote access program to help her mom on her computer. Leo says there's a lot of ways to do it including RemotePC, Team Viewer, Log Me In. There's also an open-source solution called VNC. VNC is a little more complicated though. So go with one of the other options. Leo uses RemotePC with his mom. 

She can even use Zoom. 

What's a good internet speed? Leo says at least 25 megabits down. Especially for streaming. 

Is Windows Remote Desktop safe to use?

GoToMyPC

Episode 1724

Sundeep from Orlando, FL

Sundeep wants to know if GoToMyPC is better than Microsoft's own native remote desktop. Leo says that if you have Windows Pro, remote desktop is free. But Windows remote desktop has a number of significant flaws that represent a serious security issue for users. One magazine even said that "it's time to disconnect Remote Desktop from the internet. You also don't want to use it "bare" on the internet. You need to use a VPN or proxy server. So Leo advises not using Remote Desktop. Use a third-party service like GoToMyPC.

Why doesn't text in Word work properly via remote desktop?

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Episode 1421

David from Pleasanton, CA

David can't highlight text in Excel or Word when he's in remote desktop with his Mac to his 64-bit Windows PC. Leo says that there may be an issue with the functions in remote desktop and he can verify that by trying with another PC. The Mac isn't using any resources, it's just a window. So there's something wrong with the 64-bit Windows PC that David's trying to access. Leo says that there's possibly bad rendering going on with Windows Remote Desktop. Alternatively, install Office for the Mac.

How can I use my VPN with dual monitors?

Episode 1210

Monica from Diamond Bar, CA

Monica uses two monitors on her computer, but when accesses her work's VPN, it only supports one monitor. Is there an option for her? Leo says that Microsoft Terminal Services Client can be forced to use both monitors by adding "/span" to the command line shortcut on the desktop that looks like this: %windir%\system32\mstsc.exe /span. She can also do it in her settings. The chatroom also says that if the monitors have different resolutions, that can cause issues as well. Another thing to check is to see if the Windows license permits it. Windows Ultimate will, but home won't.

How can I help older people with their PC problems?

Episode 1176

Sandra from Bedford, IN

Sandra has family that is relying her to be their PC support, but it's hard because she's in another state. Leo says that's the benefit of using remote access. But the danger is, that once they know she can do that, she won't have a moment's peace. Since Sandra's family is older, she could send them to The Elder Geek, where they can learn about computers. There's also How To Geek.

How can I access my desktop from my tablet?

Desktop computer

Episode 1153

Rob from Tarzana, CA

Rob's job keeps him on the road, and he wants access to his desktop PC at home via his laptop or iPad. What's a good option, and can he do it without adding an app? Leo says that he can do it in a browser, but it's better in an app.

Atlas Remote Access on the iPad works well, according to the chatroom. There's also TeamViewer. But he'll need to install something. Google Chrome Remote requires installing an extension, but if the hardware isn't locked down from browser extensions, that's an option.