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Use GoToMyPC  (or Mac) Only After You Have Read This

Although I love GoToMyPC and use it every single day when I am traveling to connect to my home and work PC, there are a couple of things I wish I knew before I started using it!

In all fairness, I still would have ended up using GoToMyPC, every bit as much as I do today, but it’s not something the company or anybody points out to you.

1. You can connect to your home PC anytime 24/7 and use your computer just as if you were sitting in front of it! BUT, if the computer is turned off, or crashes, you are out of luck unless you have access to someone who can reboot it for you. GoToMYPC will not turn your computer on remotely as of this date.

2. While you are working on your home or work PC you can use every piece of software, every file or pictures on the computer you are connecting to. If you have sensitive material you are looking at, there is a function in your GoToMyPC Settings that will black out the screen on the PC you are connected to. Very important if the PC you are connecting to is at your office

Now you know, and my conscience is clear! If you aren’t currently a GoToMyPC user I have negotiated for you a free month, and $10 off at the link below.
GoToMyPC Free Trial + $10 Off

Cheers,

Lee Raito

Jan 2010 Update: GoToMyPC is now available for Mac. They aren’t going to change the name to GoToMyMac, but this news is great  for all you Apple users/junkies.  The link above will work for both :)

  • Eric

    you know there are many programs that are more powerful then GotoMyPC that are not a monthly fee, you buy it and it’s good forever. you just need to know how to forward a port on your router witch is very easy. can google it and figure that out.

  • http://www.leeraito.com leeraito

    Hi Eric,

    Good point and yes there is…BUT (there is always a but isn’t there!!!)

    A. Most people don’t know how to forward a port on their router, and even after Googling it may have a hard time.

    B. Some people still don’t use or know what a router is…GASP!

    C. GoToMyPC is already secure and eliminates the hassle of A & B.

  • http://vykyng.com Udo4Accept

    if there are programs more powerful and less costly than gotomypc, what are they? i’d like to know

    Hi Vykyng, I have found 2 services that are less, but will not couxh for the security, reliability or ease of use. I’m sticking with GoToMYPC!

    logemein.com & logonmypc.com

    Hope that helps.

    Lee

  • Bill Long

    I hav a couple of questions about gotomypc:
    1. Will it run on Windows 98se and can I work in DOS using dBase III.
    2. IN Windows XP can I use a VPN for download files from our host computer in another town.
    3. Can I use FTP to transfer files to other computers.

    Thank you, Bill

  • http://www.leeraito.com leeraito

    Hi Bill,

    I can answer #1 right now, but will see if I can find out 2 and 3.

    Essentially, you are using the remote computer as if you were sitting right in front of it so whatever programs run on that PC you can use.

    Here are the requirements.

    Host PC (the one you will access remotely)
    Microsoft® Windows® 2000 or newer
    Recommended: Windows 2000, XP Home, XP Pro
    Internet Explorer® 5.0 or newer, Firefox® 1.0 or newer or Netscape® 7.0 or newer
    “Always on” Internet connection (cable, ISDN, DSL or better)

    Client Computer (the one you use to access the host PC)
    Windows 95 or newer
    Recommended: Windows 2000, XP Home, XP Pro
    Internet Explorer 5.0 or newer, Firefox 1.0 or newer or Netscape 7.0 or newer
    Recommended: The download process is easier if Java™ is installed and the Web browser supports Java

    Cheers,
    Lee

  • http://www.leeraito.com leeraito

    OK Bill, here is what folks over at GoToMYPC say. Hope it helps!

    1. GoToMyPC is only supported on windows 2000 or higher. As long as you leave the DOS window open and not full screen, it will work with GoToMyPC, however I must caution that we do not support it in this manner.

    2. For access to your host PC and a VPN, you would need to enable split tunneling.

    3. For FTP file transfers you can use GoToMyPC without issue.

  • Jason

    1. WinVnc has been around a lot longer than go to my pc and is probably a lot more secure.

    2. If someone doesn’t know how to use or doesn’t have a router they probably shouldn’t be using remote software like this.

    3. Routers don’t do any good if someone has physical access to a computer that is up and running programs doesn’t matter if it can black out a screen.

    4. If its in the office security is usually done by someone else.

    5. There is no such thing as a secure computer unless you keep it physically secure ex in a locked room and don’t connect it to anything.

    6. If you are worried about security don’t use any program that can control your computer remotely there are far better ways to gain access to your files remotely even email.

    With all that being said if your not running confidential files this is a cool service. You should talk to your IT person before using this it could get you fired if you run this on your work pc.

  • http://www.leeraito.com admin

    Thought I would respond to Jason’s comment (point # 6) and agree that you should check with your IT person first. But, some companies are actually using GoToMYPC becasue they are confident in Citrix’s ability to keep their data secure. Here is a press release example: https://www.citrixonline.com/pr/pressRelease.tmpl?FileID=110508&nrgp=gotomypc&nryr=2008&SourceTemplate=expertcity%2Fnewsroom.tmpl%3Fnrgp%3Dgotomypc%26amp%3Bnryr%3D2008%26amp%3Bnrpf%3D0

  • Max

    I use WinVnc to connect my home PC. Its a breeze to setup very secure and does not carry the joke monthly fee like goto my pc.

    I access the office PC via remote desktop setup by network admin. You cannot beat the security level offered by this method when setup correctly. If you have sensitive data on your PC never ever place it in the hands of third party security passing through http.

  • http://www.leeraito.com Lee

    Hi Max,

    I disagree, and don’t feel it is easier for the everday internet user. It doesn’t do everything GoToMyPC does and comes with a list of bugs. http://www.realvnc.com/products/free/4.1/known-bugs.html

    Just because its free doesn’t make it better!

  • Steve

    Hi

    Have found that GoToMyPC crashes IE7. If you want free remote access with file transfers & security features, TightVNC is the way to go, imho.

    Cheers
    Steve

  • mont

    I use TeamViewer…enough said.

  • Joel

    will I be able to access my PC from a Blackberry Bold and an Iphone?

  • http://www.leeraito.com Lee

    Hi Joel,

    At this time it appears the Bold and iPhone are not compatible with GoToMyPC, but my understanding is that it is being worked on.

  • http://www.leeraito.com Lee

    Update Feb/2009: Here is what my contact over at Citrix emailed me.

    “Unfortunately GoToMyPC is only available on a Windows Mobile platform. We have forwarded this feature request for IPhone and Blackberry compatibility to our development team.”

    So if you use Windows Mobile your in luck…awesome news! Us CrackBerry addicts and iPhone users will have to wait a little longer.

  • TONY

    MY LAPTOP WAS STOLEN….WOULD GO TO MY PC BE ABLE TO FIND IT ON LINE?

  • http://www.leeraito.com Lee

    Tony, so sorry to hear your laptop was jacked. I didn’t know this until your comment but apparently a laptop is stolen every 12 seconds…brutal!!!

    The answer to your question could potentially be a YES, if you had used GOtoMyPC on another computer to connect to your laptop frequently(which is not likely!) But if it were true, and the thief left all your programs as is you could quite simply connect to that PC anywhere.

    If you got a connection, a little snooping around and detective work might just nail the $%^%$$% who stole your precious laptop.

    Having said all that, I figure you have got about a .00001 chance of ever seeing your laptop again.

    Too bad you didn’t have mylaptopgps.com

    Thanks again for your comment Tony!

    Cheers,
    Lee

  • Don

    Will go to my pc work with a Mac?

  • http://www.leeraito.com Lee

    Hi Don… the answer is Yes and No for using GoToMyPC with a Mac.

    You can use a Mac with an Internet connection to access your host PC. But, the computer that you are accessing, your host PC, must be a Windows machine.

  • Don

    Thanks, that is exactly the config I have

  • April

    Can you access the computer remotely if the computer is being used by someone else at the same time using GoToMyPC? And if not, what can I use?

  • Casey

    When registering for go to my pc do you enter the e-mail address of the computer that you want to access remotely (my office computer) or do you enter the e-mail address of the computer that you will be using from home?

  • http://www.leeraito.com Lee

    Casey, when you are signing up for GoToMyPC I would use whatever secure email address you normally use as it has no bearing on connecting between computers. Hope that helps Casey!

  • http://www.leeraito.com admin

    Hi April, unfortunately its a case of either or really. Either you are in control of the computer or the person sitting at the computer you are connected to is… not both!

    Citrix has a sister product called GoToMeeting which allows for more collaboration between two people at separate computers. I’ve arranged for the same deal as with GoToMyPC in that you can have a one month free trial and $10 off your first paid month at the link below:

    GoToMeeting: GoToMeeting Free Trial + $10 Off.

  • http://www.pittsburghchophouse.com Dan

    Lee

    Do I have to disable screen savers and sleep modes on my computers or can gotomypc wake them up?

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  • Anon

    You might want to try logmein.com it is very close to gotomypc.com there are a few things that make it different.
    1. logmein is absolutely free, no catch
    2. You can remotely turn a PC on or off.
    3. The interface is so easy a baby could use it.

  • http://www.leeraito.com Lee Raito

    Yes, it's FREE but you are not comparing apples to apples. If you want the same features like file transfer, remote sound, printing, etc. you have to pay to upgrade to LogMeIn Pro. Also, would love to hear how it remotely starts a computer that is turned off?

  • http://www.leeraito.com Lee Raito

    Yes, it's FREE but you are not comparing apples to apples. If you want the same features like file transfer, remote sound, printing, etc. you have to pay to upgrade to LogMeIn Pro. Also, would love to hear how it remotely starts a computer that is turned off?

  • http://www.leeraito.com Lee Raito

    Had a recent question about GoToMyPC being compatible with Windows 7, and to answer YES it is compatible for both 32 & 64 bit versions. Here is the Microsoft link: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/

  • Del

    Why do people want everything for free? I have 3 computers connected using gotomypc and it supports our stores just fine. Its only 20$ a month. I think that is a great deal ! If the people that have gotomypc services up and running can not make any money why would they have it available?

    I like paying people for a service, that way it will continue to be available to me and others.

    We are using a DOS application and the only thing that gives us any problems is not being to easly print from the DOS applications but I am slowly creating Windows printouts for our application. Its in FoxPro 2.5 and I have looked at moving it over to Visual Foxpro in windows but I would loose much of the custom things we have came to depend on for almost 20 years. I think a piece of software lasting for 20 years is a real testimonial on how good it was and still is.

    I have a friend that is very smart and will spend lots of hours to get something Free instead of just paying for what he wants. I would rather pay for what I want and go make money at what I know and let the computer people do their thing.

    Please gotomypc team keep up the good work!
    Del

  • Me

    via WOL (wake on lan), I’m honestly surprised to find out GoToMyPC doesnt offer that trick…

  • Me

    Also any VNC viewer like the free Ultra VNC Viewer will allow multiple participants to share control of the same machine… very useful and completely free.

  • http://www.leeraito.com Lee Raito

    Since its been awhile since I wrote this post thought I should double check with Citrix to see if they have added WOL. Here was their response: Thank you for contacting Citrix Online Global Customer Support. At this time there is no Wake On Lan feature enabled with GoToMyPC.