connect pc/pc via internet remotely and securely

Posted on 2006-05-29
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
I have a customer who wants to be able to have his secretary at the company office access files on his home office pc and vice versa. What is the easiest and most secure way to accomplish this?
Question by:atf3doc
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    by:Naser Gabaj
    Greetings atf3doc,

    >>What is the easiest and most secure way to accomplish this?
    Use Hamachi:

    Good Luck!

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    Hello there,

    Use This is a free remote desktop connection. Easy to install and use. here is the site for it.

    Also another good thing about this is it uses 256 bit encryption when you are doing remote desktop. So it is also very secure. You also don't have to open up any ports on your firewall/router if you have one.

    Hope this helps
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    does access to the home computer need to be restricted to specific files or can the secretary have free access to all resources? if access to all resources use something like pcAnywhere or vnc. if specific files you can setup a vpn.
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    Does he have an permenent internet connection? If yes then use vnc. Vnc works with tco ports 5900 to 5999 i think. Permit this ports at your inbound interface and create a nat rule  translating your wan ip to the private local that the secretary pc has. Oh...install vnc server , it is free.
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    I use VNC on a dynamic IP address by using a service such as dyndns.  This allows you to setup a domain name which will change to the new dynamic IP address every time it changes.  You have to install a little client program to do the updates.  Some routers can even automatically do the update for you with out the need for the software.

    Then follow the same instructions as from ykamp for using VNC, there are plenty of free clients about to connect to the VNC server.  This means you can use the computer as if you were sat in front of it.

    Another solution would be to use the windows networking facilities to login to the office domain.  You could then access shared resources like shared folders and printers.  This requires the office setup to have a domain running, in order to verify the user name and password.

    You can also password protect a shared folder and connect to it directly over the internet by mapping a network drive in windows explorer.  Just use \\IP ADDRESS OF REMOTE COMPUTER\NAME OF SHARE as the location for the mapped address.  This can again be aided by having a domain name with dyndns or similar, if you have a dynamic IP address.

    Adam Sykes

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    Thank you all for such quick response. I'm going to split the points evenly for all responses. It will be a week or two before I have actually installed and setup whatever system we go with. I was going to set up a VPN, but that seemed  like overkill for just one pc to one pc. I'm not familiar with vnc, but I probably will be before this is all over. Thanks again!!

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    I tested the LogMeIn vnc and it works well. I ran a security check from Symantec with LogMeIn enabled on a computer
    and it seemed ok. I still have some concerns about security however. Paranoia reigns! Thanks again to all of you.

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