Small Business Owners: Why Outsourcing Computer Services Matters

How Does Remote Support Work?

Getting assistance with remote support can be quick and convenient compared to calling in a technician to physically visit your server, but how does it work? Is it safe? How can you stay in control of the support session? All of these questions are actually built into the multiple decades of remote support's existence, and the following details can give you some remote support insight to understand what's actually going on and how to stay in control without making things harder for the support professional.

A Digital Movie Of Sorts

When a remote technician connects to your desktop, laptop, or server, they use the internet or another part of your network to create a connection. Instead of the mouse and keyboard cables sending signals to your computer, the remote support program copies or emulates those signals so that the technician's mouse actions and keyboard strokes work on your computer.

The remote software also sends a series of fast snapshots from your systems to the technician, sort of like a movie. A technical team can see a customer's computer with a slight delay, and can perform any typing or clicking as needed.

Any remote session can be ended by simply closing the remote support software. It's the software that allows technicians to connect to the system, and a remote software suite usually has a clearly visible "end session" and "connect to session" set of buttons. If it's missing, completely closing the software can help.

It's not necessary to shut down the system and unplug cables if you suspect something is going wrong. That does more harm than good, and to avoid such heated moments, simply get to know your technician before the session. Speak with the technician beforehand, and know the remote support company that you're working with. That way, if anything illegal happens, you can simply take it up with the company and that user instead of being worried about an unknown person in an unknown part of the world.

Reputable companies are willing to share information about their technicians that are safe for both the client and the worker. No information that isn't relevant to the contact or the task has to be given to the technician, and the technician doesn't need to give up their home address or non-professional contact information. It's safe for everyone as long as good communication and rapport is built beforehand.

What Would Warrant A Physical Visit?

A technician can't perform any physical tasks, such as removing or adding parts or plugging up certain cables. If you need assistance with those kinds of tasks, a local technician can be vetted for a visit.

In some cases, the technician performing an in-person visit is a contractor. This is especially the case if you don't live near the support company, but it's easy to confirm contractor details as well. Simply speak with the remote support company to discuss the person selected for the contract, their credentials, and their work history if necessary.

Since a technician needs to be confirmed before entering your business or accessing your database, it's reasonable to ask for a picture. Any visiting technician will have provided some form of ID, and if their ID is particularly old, just ask them to confirm with the remote support company. Going years without getting a new ID can happen to anyone, and longer hair or a change in weight can change appearances drastically. It's a simple, polite, and professional way to be sure.

Contact a database administrator (dba) remote support professional to discuss troubleshooting and service plans. To learn more, contact a company like Famsoft.