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October 31, 2008


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Is there an advantage to GoToMyPC over the regular remote desktop access that comes with Windows, OSX, and ever Linux distro out there?


Of course you could use the built-in services; however, Citrix makes the process drop dead simple, and provides back end encryption and security. A user created VPN would require the user to understand the management and use of VPNs. Most of us haven't the time or the energy to spend. GoToMYPC is a cheap, simple, secure solution.

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It sounds like it is pretty simple. I have never used it, so I don't know the deal.

I always thought the main difference was just that you didn't need to know the host computer's IP address. With Ubuntu, at least, it takes just a few clicks to get secure, encrypted remote access (System > Preferences > Remote Desktop). It looks easier than downloading and installing separate software.

Then again, I think I am the only lawyer who actually uses Ubuntu. Still, I remember it being dead simple to use Remote Desktop in Windows, as well.

Adam P.

I'll weigh in...

One disadvantage to GoToMyPC is the subscription. Last time I checked, the software isnt free.

That said, there are several products on the market that are free including WinVNC and the standard Remote Desktop. I have used WinVNC for several years and never had problems.

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