Access Your PC From The Road
Have you ever sat
in front of your computer and wished you could show
someone else what appeared on your screen?
Maybe you were experiencing a problem,
or couldn't figure out how to make something work,
but you knew if someone else could see what was happening
on your screen, they could help you fix the problem
Ever had a phone conversation with someone
about a particular business topic, but you just couldn't
"connect" with your ideas because it was
too hard to explain over the phone?
Now, visualize jumping on the phone
with that same person and literally sharing your computer's
desktop to collaborate, discuss, and create virtually
anything together, even if you are separated by thousands
Though this may sound like an episode
of Star Trek, remote computer sharing is actually
a daily business reality.
Imagine you need to take a trip and
you either don't want to or can't take your computer.
The thought of emails piling up for
days makes you crazy and you also need to monitor
some things on your pc.
Instead of trying to lug your laptop
(or fit your desktop into your suitcase), you can
use "remote desktop" software that allows
you to access your computer through the Internet from
any other computer in the world.
One of the most common remote desktop
services is GoToMyPC.com, which provides a safe and
secure way for you to go down to the local internet
café, log on, and access your office or home
computer just like sitting at your own desk.
Now, before you panic and think anyone
can access your computer, let me explain security.
First, you log in to the GoToMyPC.com
website with a username and password.
Once logged in, you then click a link
to log onto your PC, which will then ask you for another
GoToMyPC.com has even thought of a solution
for those of you worried about people looking over
your shoulder as you enter your passwords on a public
computer or if the computer you use might carry a
Before leaving home, you can program
in a series of up to 99 passwords that only work one
This means even if someone watches you
log into your computer or records your keystrokes,
the password you used won't work again.
If a would-be thief tries to access
your computer too many times, GoToMyPC.com will shut
down all access attempts to your PC.
The benefits of remotely accessing your
PC from the road are numerous, but the bottom line
is that it enables you to use your computer from the
road like you never left home.
For example: while traveling to a conference
this weekend, my wife (and business partner) accessed
our office computer from my laptop and, instead of
the usual pile of 4,000 emails that would normally
await after 5 days away, we just picked up this morning
like we'd never been gone.
The same company that offers GoToMyPC.com
also offers a service called GoToMeeting.com which
allows you to remotely host a meeting where multiple
users can share and collaborate on a single computer
This service makes it super simple to
provide online training, do software demos, and even
make complete sales presentations.
I personally use both of these services
and find them easy, reliable and well worth the price.
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