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Arun Bommannavar
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I (from home) need to connect to a remote Windows PC (at work) and control it. What are my options? pcAnywhere and WebEx were suggested. Which of these is better in terms of ease of use, maintenance, and security.

Does anybody have opinions on these? Security is major issue.

Ulf Dittmer

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Hmm, WebEx used to be a remote conferencing tool, not a remote control tool, so I'm not sure if it does what you need done.
Henry Wong

Joined: Sep 28, 2004
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Webex can do it -- but it is remote meeting tool. Basically, all the users log into the conference. One user can share an application or share the whole desktop for all to see. And control of the application or desktop can also be transfered to another user... hence, one computer is controlling the desktop on another computer.

However, webex is a remote meeting tool. It is *not* designed for control of a computer without a user giving up control. And it probably costs as much as a conference call (about 10 to 20 cents a minute).


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Nicholas Jordan
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[Arun Bommannavar:]   Security is major issue

I met someone whom I cannot name because of their altitude and the brand-recognition of the company at which he works, he used to be an anditor or controller for the IRS.

His opinion of ahem,.... uh some proporietary operating systems that have achieved widespread market acceptance,... ahem, cough, convulse,... cannot be conveyed in public fora.

Concievably, with enough programming sophistication, you could write an application layer that acheives good security. I would not leave a PCAnywhere box that is on 24/7 holding any account numbers or passwords. It is common to do this, and we read about it in the newspapers every few months.

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Alec Lee
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Simple. RealVNC over SSH is the simplest and secure solution. The best thing is that you can access your remote PC with a browser supporting java applet. No specific client software needed except for using SSH you need Putty as the ssh client for encrypting and port forwarding.
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