How to use Remote Desktop using Google Chrome

It is not unusual for me to get calls at odd hours from my friends or any of my close relatives. No, it’s not that they are concerned about me, rather they want me to find a solution to some error on their computer that they can’t figure out. Yes, being the resident IT geek of the family is a lot of fun!

If the problem is small I usually instruct them step by step over the phone and hang up with a credit note, but when the problem becomes complex it becomes quiet difficult to explain everything over the phone. In such cases I tell them that I need to be see the problem in person to come up with a solution.

Now, if your relative lives just couple of blocks away paying a visit to solve the issue will not be a problem, but what if they live miles away or may be at the other end of the Globe.

For such scenarios I prefer using a Remote Desktop application, but again setting up one can be so tricky that it becomes a problem in itself.

Just a few days back I was going through the Chrome web store’s productivity section and got my hands on an amazing application called the Chrome Remote Desktop.The Chrome Remote Desktop as the name suggests allows a user to remotely access another computer through the Chrome browser.

The application is pretty east to use. Just install the plugin on both the computers and allow all the privacy permissions at the time of initialization.

Now, if you want to host your computer you must select Share This Computer and mail the unique sharing code that the application generates for you, to your friend.

The person who wants to Access a shared computer must choose the respective option and enter the unique code mailed to him.

As the application takes a lot of resources while hosting a remote desktop, make sure you don’t have any unnecessary pages open on your browser. Also the quality of the remote desktop will depend on your internet connectivity speed.

Verdict

Chrome Remote Desktop is an excellent way to easily setup a remote desktop without any hassle but the performance is just average. As the program is still in beta phase and there is a lot of scope for future improvement, I am sure it will be fixed and improved in the upcoming releases.

Are you the resident IT geek in your neighborhood ? How do you remotely help your friends and relatives with their computer problems ?

How To Enable Private Browsing On Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer

Secure BrowsingWeb browsers have become an integral part of our lives and for a lot of people, a browser is the only way they interact with their computer.  For example, if you’re reading this post, chances are you’re using an Internet browser to read it. While you may not realize, all internet browsers collect and store a lot of information while you surf the Internet. Some of this information, like web page caching, is used for speeding up your experience surfing the web but other bits and pieces can be used to track your behaviour online, log you in automatically to websites and in general, help websites, or other individuals using your computer, identify your online behaviour.

If you only use your own computer to surf the web, this shouldn’t be a problem, but if you’re someone who’s paranoid about their security, most browsers also give you a way to disable this behaviour. Safari calls it the Private Browsing mode, On Chrome it is known as the incognito mode and Internet Explorer prefers the term InPrivate browsing. In this post, we’ll teach you how to enable the private browsing mode for your preferred browser so that the next time you’re browsing the internet from a public computer, you can be sure to not leave any breadcrumbs behind. Ok, that was a little cheesy but you get the drift !

Enable Private Browsing On Safari

Safari is probably the easiest when it comes to enabling the private browsing mode since it actually features a menu item under the Safari menu for precisely this purpose. Click on the Safari menu and select the Private Browsing option and you’re done.

Safari - Private Browsing

Incognito Mode On Google Chrome

Google’s Chrome Internet browser is fast gaining on the popularity charts and for good reason. It is incredibly fast and lightweight and still manages to pack in all the power features that it’s more mature competitors sport, including a private browsing mode that Google calls the incognito mode. To enable an incognito session on Chrome, just press the Ctrl+Shit+N key combination whenever you’re using Chrome and the browser will open a new window for you to surf privately. You can also open an incognito window from the File menu.

Chrome - Incognito Mode

Private Browsing On Firefox

Firefox is the only browser, among those that I use, that thinks of the Private Browsing mode as a “Tool”, instead of a “feature”. That is evident from the fact that, on Firefox, the option to start a private browsing session is present under the Tools menu rather than the File menu.

Firefox - Private Browsing Mode

InPrivate Browsing On Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer has been quite late in catching up with the other browsers but with version 8, the grand-daddy of internet browsers also has a private browsing mode called the InPrivate mode. To activate the InPrivate mode, simply use the ctrl+shift+P key combination.

We’ve covered the top 4 Internet browsers in this post, but if you use any other browsers that have a similar feature please let us know in the comments.

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Lunascape – World’s First Triple Engine Browser

LunascapeLet’s have a small poll. How many web browsers do you use ?

Those of you thinking that this is a rhetorical question, it’s not. If you guys are anything like me, I’m sure you have multiple browsers installed on your system. I’ve always had multiple browsers on my all my systems. If I’m using Windows, I use Internet Explorer, Firefox and now Chrome and if I’m on Linux, I use Firefox and depending on the environment that I’m using, konqueror or epiphany.

My reason for using multiple browsers is that as a web designer, I need to make sure the scripts that I code, the pages that I design work well in all the browsers and so I need to test on them. As a user, you guys might have different reasons. Let’s face it, some sites really do work better with Internet Explorer.

Whatever the reason, if you have multiple browsers installed on your computer, Lunascape is sure to give you some relief.

Lunascape is the world’s first (and only – according to their website) web broweser which works with three different rendering engines – Gecko (Firefox), Trident (IE) and Webkit (Safari/Chrome).

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