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09 Oct 11 Chrome browser now allows remote computer control

A new tool for Google’s Chrome browser now allows computer users to remotely control another machine or get remote help without leaving their desks.

The Chrome Remote Desktop Beta allows users to share with or get access to another computer by providing a one-time authentication code.

“One potential use of this version is the remote IT helpdesk case. The helpdesk can use the Chrome Remote Desktop BETA to help another user, while conversely a user can receive help by setting up a sharing session without leaving their desk,” said a description of the extension on the Chrome Web Store.

Chrome Remote Desktop Beta is cross-platform, meaning one can connect any two computers that have a Chrome browser, including Windows, Linux, Mac and Chromebooks.

Google hinted it is working on a future version that can let one access one’s own computer remotely.

Presently, the extension allows access only to the specific person the user identifies for one time only, and the sharing session is fully secured.

A separate article on tech site CNET said the Chrome Remote Desktop Beta is a browser-based equivalent of remote desktop software for conventional operating systems.

“Such software is handy for IT administrators managing employees’ machines, people taking care of their relatives’ computers, or individuals getting access to their own machines from afar,” it said.

CNET noted Google’s Chrome OS is geared in part for organizations that want to lower their computer administration costs, and remote management is an important factor when it comes to that goal. — LBG, GMA News

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