Hi there. I travel around a lot, and it would be really useful if I could access my work PC while I’m on the use. A friend told me that I could do this over the Internet, but I’m not quite sure where to start. How do I do this?
I got this question during a social event a couple of weeks ago from a friend who needed to access his computer a number of times when he is away visiting clients. There are a number of products on the market that will help you do this. But one I feel might fit my friend’s needs is Remote PC.
Remote PC is a allows you to securely log in and control a PC from anywhere you are in the world. As long as you have an Internet connection you can get remote access to any of the PCs you have at your office. And this solution isn’t just idea for office computers. You can even use it from your office to connect to you home computer if you need to access one of your home files. I’ve done this a number of times to transfer files and photos to my location when I’m not at home.
So, how does this work? It’s actually a pretty simple process. The first step is to start up the computer you want to connect to (called the host) and install a small program and sits in the system tray and wait for any incoming connections. When you download and install the program, you will be prompted to log into your Remote PC account to add the computer to your account.
To access the host computer, you can either download an install a client application, or access it directly from your browser. The client application is quicker, but you need to be able to install it on your computer, something which may not be possible on corporate machines. Once again, you will need to log into your account, this is what stops other people from accessing your computer, and you can also set up another password on your computer to make it doubly secure.
The service cost starts at $4.95 a month, which is around £2.50, so it’s not really all that expensive. So go ahead and check it out.