Some years ago, the computer geeks were too much involved in developing various tricks to efficiently use the computer. Now, things are changing rapidly and people want to get access to their remote computer on the go. While numbers of remote desktop applications are available to control your remote computer, you could shut down computer from mobile using Dropbox (a simple but useful cloud computing app). But what if you want to monitor your desktop remotely?
consider the following situations while you might wanted to monitor the remote desktop rather than accessing (by remote desktop connection) it.
1. You are at office and want to know if someone is using your computer. If so, then what are they doing at your PC?
2. You have your kids at your home and want to regularly track their activities at the computer while you are not with them.
3. Your office computer is at an open place and you want to know whether any one gets into your compute when you are out of office.
4. You have left your computer before you completed your task (any download or installation process) and want to see the status from a remote computer.
Here we’ll take a look on monitoring a remote desktop, not about accessing it remotely.
Monitor remote desktop (or laptop) using Dropbox
A few months ago, we developed a script to shut down PC using Dropbox. Now it is also possible to monitor your remote computer through Dropbox. The exact mechanism behind this is nothing but taking the snapshots of the remote computer’s screen in a regular interval and saving them at the local Dropbox folder. Thus the screenshots are automatically synched with your Dropbox at the cloud and you can view them from any computer, any where.
This is like a sequel of the screen shots of your desktop and you can view it from any computer or mobile phone.
Well, now let’s go into the technical part of this tutorial. All you need is a tiny screen capture app AutoScreenCap. This tool allows you to set the interval of taking the snapshot of your desktop as well as the location of the saved image files.
So, to monitor a remote desktop run AutoScreenCap tool at the remote computer and set it as follows:
1. Set the interval to 5 (seconds).
2. Set the location of the saved images to your local Dropbox folder.
3. You can Optionally set the image quality to save the space at your Dropbox as better quality means a bigger size.
That’s it. Now the tool will take the screen shots of your desktop successively and save them at you local Dropbox folder. If that computer is connected with internet and the Dropbox app is running at that, the images will be automatically synced at your Dropbox web respiratory. You can then monitor that remote desktop from any computer or mobile phone connected via internet.
Tip: Remotely Control Any Computer.