You can sit at a PC in Cave Creek Arizona and reach out and control another PC on Wall Street in New York City. I do it every day. The location is unimportant.
All you need is an Internet connection at both locations, a little software help and permission. You can remotely control another PC, move the mouse, look at settings, read or edit a document, and even transfer files. Good remote access software solutions have security to prevent unauthorized access.
With computer technology there are almost always several way to get a job done. Some are good, some are bad, and some are scary. Here are five tested and secure ways to remotely control a PC for support or training. Some are free, and some have a cost. There are pros and cons to each choice, so pick the solution that best meets your needs. The short list of remote access software (details below):
1. Crossloop - fast, simple and secure. File transfer. Session oriented. Free service.
2. Logmein - easy setup, good control. No file transfer. No remote printing Persistent host. Free service.
3. GoToMyPC - easy setup, good control, file transfer, remote printing. Persistent host. Monthly charge.
4. XP Remote Access - good features. Requires VPN tunnel or IP address.
5. PCAnywhere - robust, powerful, complete feature list. Persistent Host or Session Host. Purchase software.
Some considerations in making your selection:
* The PC that is the target of the access is called the Host. The support PC is sometimes cal