March 23, 2006
 

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Posted: 02.03.05

GoToWorkEasily

Whether it was to get some work done over the weekend, or because you forgot to print an important file at work, you know you’ve at least once wished you could access your work computer from home. GoToMyPC Personal enables you to remotely access a host computer or wireless device from any computer in the world—as long as it’s connected to the Internet.
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By Rita Kushnir




It provides users with unlimited access to anything on their host computer: e-mail, files, programs and network resources. This service works with most operating systems (Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Unix and Salaris) and does not require any preloaded software.

I was amazed by how fast and easy it was to set up the software. You don’t have to change or open any ports or configure IP addresses, nor do you have to restart your computer after installation. I set-up a trial version, making my work computer a host and my computer at home a client. To do this, simply go to www.GoToMyPC.com, set-up an account and download the installer file. (You will be asked for credit card information before you can begin the trial, but you can cancel your account anytime during your trial period and you will not be charged.) Once you install the program on your computer, a small icon will appear on your task bar indicating that your computer is now a host. This means that you can access it from any other Internet-enabled computer by logging on to www.GoToMyPC.com and connecting using your password. In about a minute, your familiar office computer’s desktop will appear before your eyes.

I was most impressed with the ease of content transfer between host and client computers. You can simply transfer files and folders between computers—and abandon your usual practice of burning files to a CD or e-mailing them to yourself. Likewise, you can copy and paste text between host and client computers. You can also print documents to your printer at home even if the program they use is not on your home computer. Another noteworthy feature is your ability to invite a second client to temporarily log into your host computer. This can be very helpful if you are working on a team project or if you are seeking technical support.

If you are worried about security issues involved in this kind of interaction between computers, GoToMyPC implements AES encryption technology that uses 128-bit keys. It also uses dual passwords and end-to-end user authentication. In addition, you have the option of using One-Time Passwords. As a result, I felt very secure using this connection.

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