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Remote desktop

(also remote access)

Remote desktop definition

A remote desktop is software that allows users to operate another computer’s desktop environment from their own device. Remote desktops are useful for working remotely, IT troubleshooting, and distributing critical security updates.

Real remote desktop examples

2008-2010: Scammers masquerading as Microsoft employees tricked numerous UK citizens into giving them remote access to their devices to “fix critical bugs.”

2011: Google released Chrome Remote Desktop, a free tool for Chrome OS, Linux, OS X, iOS, Windows, and Android.