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Subject: Remote access to my computer
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: humatrope-ga
List Price: $4.50
Posted: 15 Sep 2005 13:24 PDT
Expires: 15 Oct 2005 13:24 PDT
Question ID: 568462
I want to be able access data files on my home computer when I am on
the road.  For instance, I want to be able to open and modify a Word
document that is on my home computer when I am somewhere else.  I
don't know if I need a VPN (or even what that is).  Thank you.

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Subject: Re: Remote access to my computer
Answered By: angy-ga on 16 Sep 2005 21:07 PDT
I use BeInSync which can be found at

It does not require VPN nor does it store your data on remote servers.

Instead it uses peer-to-peer technology to link your computers, and
also to allow you remote access to your home computer via IE6 on any
computer should you wish to travel without your laptop. You will need
to leave your home computer on and online, of course - or arrange to
have it switched on when you want to work.

A basic functionality is available for free, with manual syncing.
Automatic syncing and remote access starts at US$6.95 per month, with
a two year subscription at $99.95 saving 20%.

Files can also be shared by third parties nominated by you, such as
your business files with a business partner, and your photos with your
Aunt in Nebraska.

BeInSync say, among other things:

"BeInSync has several unique benefits:

Seamless Access
Since BeInSync automatically synchronizes the data on the user's
different computers, users do not need to make a conscious effort of
connecting and downloading remote files, as these are already locally
available. The user can simply continue working on his or her data
regardless of its physical location. Access to their files is possible
even when an Internet connection is not available. Additionally, files
may be securely and easily shared and kept in sync with other users.

Security & Privacy
All BeInSync communication is completely secure using strong 256-bit
SSL encryption. Additionally, due to BeInSync's Peer-to-Peer
architecture, the user's data never leaves his or her hands and is
never placed on third-party servers. This is vital since countless
users are extremely reluctant to place their files and data on third
party servers.

Since all BeInSync communication is Peer-to-Peer, costly centralized
servers and hardware installation and maintenance are not required and
the user does not need to pay a third party to store data.
Additionally, the simple installation and operation of BeInSync makes
IT support unnecessary, reducing the cost of ownership even further.

Crash Recovery
Since your data in BeInSync resides on several computers, should a
crash occur to your hard drive or your Laptop get stolen, you have
automatic backup of all of your data on your other computers."

It takes a little bit of learning (not much !)- for example the
location of the synced files isn't immediately obvious - but the
on-line help is thorough and the results are worth the effort. The
button marked "Support" leads to the "Getting Started Guide" as well
as detailed Online Help, FAQs and email Technical Support.

I hope this is useful.

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Subject: Re: Remote access to my computer
From: agent88-ga on 16 Sep 2005 16:45 PDT
You would require a dedicated IP address to do what I think you are
suggesting. Why don't you get an online solution where you can access
your files and synchronize the most recent version with your computer
whenever you want? Check out the offerings at They have an online file folder product that
would do the job at a very reasonable cost. I think you can get 50MB
of online storage for $5 per year.

Good Luck!
Subject: Re: Remote access to my computer
From: dr_chris-ga on 17 Sep 2005 14:03 PDT
Beinsync is a spyware.
Spreading lies all over the net they are constanty trying to find more
users to download their application.
I did it and it was a horrible experience.

Just run any spyware detector on beinsync and see what happens.
Subject: Re: Remote access to my computer
From: angy-ga on 18 Sep 2005 21:45 PDT
With respect to Dr_Chris-Ga, I have a dedicated spyware detector
continuously running as well as Norton, and BeInSync has created no
problems whatsoever.

Any programme which requires two-way access may be wrongly identified
as spyware. At times this has included my bank, as well as the
Australian Tax Department, and a gamesite which monitors high scores.

BeInSync themselves say:

"In order to ensure that your files are always kept up-to-date on all
of your computers, BeInSync constantly keeps track of any changes made
to them. For this reason your AntiSpyware may have identified BeInSync
as Spyware.
We would like to assure you that BeInSync does not contain any Spyware
or AdWare whatsoever, and that we work with AntiSpyware applications
in order to include BeInSync as a certified application."
Subject: Re: Remote access to my computer
From: dr_chris-ga on 24 Sep 2005 08:49 PDT
Dear Angy,

Don't forget you're quoting the firm itself. Do you know these guys ?
What would keep them from writing lies ?

Go to and see what they have to say on the matter:

We have to be very careful, there are pleanty of spywares out there in
different forms. Beinsync won't be the first to use the P2P
Subject: Re: Remote access to my computer
From: sclonghair-ga on 29 Sep 2005 07:58 PDT
I've had great success with a program called "RemotelyAnywhere" from
3am Labs.  A workstation license is $199.   The only thing you really
have to do is make sure that the necessary port is open on your
router, and have that forwarded to your local home pc.

Handy dandy little tool.  :)

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