Remote Access & Remote Data Deletion

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What are remote access and remote data deletion?

Remote access, as the term suggests, refers to the ability to access a computer, such as a home computer or a machine that’s connected to a school’s network, from a remote location.

Remote access can be set up using a local area network (LAN), a wide area network (WAN) or a virtual private network (VPN), and once established, it gives you full control over the device you’re ‘remoting’ to.

You can then run applications and open files on the machine.

Remote data deletion is related; this is a security feature that allows a network administrator to send a command that deletes data on a computing device.

It is primarily used to erase data on a device, such as mobile phone or laptop, that has been lost or stolen so that if the device falls into the wrong hands, the data won't be compromised.

For more information on the associated risks and online safety tips for parents and carers, watch our explainer video, available to those with a National Online Safety membership.