On one of the RSS Feeds I follow, I found a new application I had not heard of before. It is called Team Viewer. Team Viewer allows you to connect to another computer using a remote desktop like setup. We have a tool we use at work that is very similar to this, called Webex. However Team Viewer is free for home / non-commercial use. So I was very excited to get an application like this as I tend to help friends and family out of state with their computer problems. I also did some researching on the web to make sure they are a reputable company and that their software is secure, and as far as I can tell it all looks good.
Team Viewer works by installing their full suite on your computer. Then the person whose desktop you want to see can go to their website and select “Join a Session”. This will prompt them to download an executable file that they can then run. This does not however install any software on the computer, as it just runs the program in memory. This will generate a specific user-id and password that they can give you. Once you have that you can input it into the Team Viewer on your end and at that point you can access their computer remotely.
I was also pleased to see that they have an iPhone app as well, so that I can access computer systems using my iPhone. I did try this and it worked, but I think I will have to get used to navigating around on the screen as the desktop appears very small on the iPhone.
So if you are like me and want to access systems remotely, I would definitely give a look at Team Viewer. I know there are a lot of other applications such as Webex, Citrix, and even Remote Desktop that you can use. But I found this one very simple and also like the fact that it is free for home use.