Tuesday, January 15, 2008

TeamViewer - Excellent Program

Every now and then I come across a piece of software that's simple to use, and is really good at what it's meant for. TeamViewer (TV) is one of those programs. TV basically allows you to remote control your friends computer - for free. I used to use UltraVNC SingleClick, which required me to open ports on my router, and always know what my external IP address is. With TV, the process couldn't be easier. No matter where you are, no matter who's computer you're on, no matter what type of firewall you or the other party are behind, you simply head over to http://www.teamviewer.com and click on "Start Full Version" (1.04MB). Tell your friend to go to the same website, but he should click "Start Customer Module" (792KB). Once he runs the program, he gives you an 8 digit ID code, and a 4 digit password, which you type into the software on your end, and KABOOM, you're in.

There's a host of features available with this software. For example, you can run TV as a system service, which means you can always access your own computers from a remote location. Another really cool feature, is that you can easily change who is remote controlling and who is presenting during a session with a single click. Of course the standard features include RC4 security, file transfer, and no installation necessary for either side.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

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