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May 2nd, 2024

Chrome Remote Desktop - Free Remote Control

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I have a MacBook at home running macOS 14.4. It's on my home network with Verizon as my ISP. I run Nord VPN 24/7. At a side job, I use a variety of computers including a PC running Windows 10 22H2. They have a FortiGate corporate firewall. I have no problem connecting the two computers using a free utility from Google called Chrome Remote Desktop. With practically the same functionality as more expensive and harder to configure applications like Screens or Jump Desktop, I can establish a password protected connection and control the screen of the remote computer in either direction. I'll be honest, I couldn't even get Screens, a $79 program to work for me under the same conditions and I do this stuff for a living. To top it all off, I don't even use Chrome as my default browser. I use Microsoft Edge, with which this extension/utility is fully compatible.

If you need to access a remote computer, perhaps your parents for tech support reasons, I heartily recommend Chrome Remote Desktop. Before installing at work, check with your IT department for permission.