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What is Remote Access?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated May 16, 2024
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Remote access is the ability to connect and make use of some type of data or information without being closely located to the location of that information. In most situations, remote access refers to the ability to connect with internal networks from a remote location, and make use of the resources that are housed on the network. The process of remote access has become an extremely valuable business tool, especially among business professionals who work at home or travel frequently for work.

In order to engage in remote access to a private network, the user usually needs access to the Internet. Companies establish portals that make it possible for authorized personnel to gain access to the company’s servers from any computer around the world, as long as that computer is connected to the Internet. There is usually some type of login credentials required to successfully complete the connection to the server. This makes it possible to monitor who is connecting from a remote location, monitor which resources they work with, and also log how long the connection is maintained by keeping track of the entry and exit times associated with each set of credentials.

The possibility of remote access has been extremely beneficial for sales personnel and others who travel frequently. Using this type of access, it is possible to connect with a remote desktop and retrieve electronic documents when and as needed, check and manage email, and perform a variety of other functions as if the individual were in the office. The end result is that employees on the road always have access to whatever they need to do the job, helping to increase their productivity significantly.

While remote access is usually associated with the ability to connect with a remote network via the Internet, the term can also be used to refer to devices that make it possible to operate equipment without actually touching the components. For example, the use of a television remote is a form of remote access. TV remotes can be used to turn a set off or on, change channels, and control the volume with relative ease. DVD players and stereo systems are also examples of devices that can be operated using a remote control. Today, there are different brands of universal remotes that can be programmed to operate several entertainment devices, rather than having to use a different remote control for a television, DVD player, and stereo system.

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Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including EasyTechJunkie, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
By BrickBack — On Jul 16, 2011

@Sunny27 - I know that a lot of people that work in the information technology field have granted permissions for remote access because if there should be a problem with the computer system, they are usually called at home and are expected to fix the problem.

I know that if I am having trouble with my computer, I will also grant my husband remote pc access in order for him to see what the problem is. He tells me what to do on the computer and I grant him permission online to view my computer as he fixes it from his end.

He is very tech savvy and it makes it easier for me to get my problem fixed this way rather than waiting for him to get home.

By Sunny27 — On Jul 15, 2011

I just wanted to say that a lot of technical support personnel that work on a help desk usually have remote pc access.

I used to work for a company that offered a remote access connection to their client’s system in order to offer customer service support, but whenever we had problems with our computers we had to call the help desk and grant them remote access to our pc so that they could see what the problem was.

It was really cool to see them use this remote access software because they would communicate through a chat service that asked us questions and guided us through the process.

If they really couldn’t figure out what the problem was they would normally have second or third level support personnel that usually knew what to do.

I think I only had one case in which the help desk associate had no clue what the problem was and in that case he performed a system restore and somehow got my computer to function exactly how it was functioning a few days prior. It was really cool to watch this going on.

By Agni3 — On Jul 15, 2011

Remote access is becoming increasingly important in today’s working marketplace. There are not many kinds of careers that are not being touched in some way by this phenomenon anymore.

Basically, the internet is the primary way that people use to keep in touch and access the business information that they need on a regular basis from any place.

Gone are the days when a person must be in the office to do their job. Enter the times when people can work from practically anywhere if they so choose.

By Domido — On Jul 14, 2011

I used to work in the public school system, and I really loved it. The students were fantastic, but the job was hard and very time consuming. I was a theatre teacher, and as such my responsibilities extended far outside of the realm of simple classroom instruction.

Once I had my own children this became a real issue for me. I felt as though I was raising other people’s children and not my own. As a result, I decided to quit my job and become a stay at home mom.

However, I knew that my family couldn’t afford to live strictly from my husband’s salary alone. So I began exploring work at home opportunities.

I now make ends meet working part time from my own home as a freelance writer. There are many other remote access business opportunities out there as well.

It might take a little time to break in and make a real decent wage, but it is possible. I find myself only moving up.

Malcolm Tatum
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Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing...
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