Maybe you just need to see how a download is progressing, or maybe you need to kill a process that's eating your network alive. If you're on-site, it's easy, but if you're working remotely, you need a solution. PC Monitor lets you check in with and exert control over your Windows or Linux machine from almost any smartphone. Here's how to get started with it:
- Download and install PC Monitor on your computer and on your smartphone.
- Run PC Monitor on your computer. (You will need to set up an account the first time you run it. This is pretty straightforward.) (Credit: Screenshot by Rob Lightner)
- Check and change any settings or notifications that are of interest. There are a lot of settings, but you needn't concern yourself about all of them at first. (Credit: Screenshot by Rob Lightner)
- Run PC Monitor on your mobile device, enter your username and password, then click the "Devices" tab on your PC to set higher security. By selecting "Allow only authorized devices..." you can limit the devices that have access to your PC. (Credit: Screenshot by Rob Lightner)
- Click "Start Service" on your PC to begin monitoring.
You should now be able to check your PC status on your mobile device. There's a lot you can do remotely, so explore and figure out what works best for you. (Credit: Screenshot by Rob Lightner)
Remember that anything that grants you this kind of access could potentially grant anyone else access. This software is secure, but it's only as secure as your password, so change it frequently. PC Monitor is free for up to three computers; after that, you need to purchase a subscription.