VPN vs GoToMyPC for small business network
Posted on 2008-10-27
I've read several related posts, but still don't feel sure about this.
Employees would love to have access to files (mainly Word documents and such) on our server to work from home. Our email is hosted remotely, so they can already get that from any computer with web access.
We have an older server running Windows 2000 server. GoToMyPC seems easy enough, I'm just not totally convinced about security....I wouldn't expect them to run long remote sessions, just collect files and then work on them on their home desktop. I would designate one computer in office to stay on for this purpose, and it would have a somewhat limited access user profile.
Our vendor recommends a SonicWall TZ 180 and Sonicwall Global VPN Clients, but says the users will need at least XP Pro to access. Our users have XP Home and other assorted stuff at home. It seems there's got to be a way around that? A VPN appliance?
With either solution, how worried should I be about control over the connecting computers? I've cleaned enough spyware off people's home machines to know that there is no way to keep them clean and safe like I do in the office.
We have a lot of valuable data on our server, and I don't want to do anything silly just for convenience. But I would like to offer remote access somehow. Please enlighten if you can.