Remote Control

Mike Saunders confesses, "I wasn't keen on using GoToMyPC initially--it seemed like we were punching a gaping hole in our perimeter."

October 21, 2005

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James E. Drews replies: Thanks for the additional information. During our testing, we didn't notice any obvious performance problems with disk/network. But since we didn't have identical hardware for all our installed products, we can't say whether the speed differences were a result of the hardware or the software.

Remote Control

Thank you, Jonathan Feldman, for your column "Katrina's Harsh Lessons" (Oct. 1). I especially appreciated reading about your experience with the GoToMyPC Web-based service to expand remote capability.

As my organization's lone "IT guy," I'd like to let our users work remotely, but I haven't found the right solution. When I started working here two years ago, a few of the folks were using GoToMyPC, but I wasn't keen on the idea--we didn't even have a firewall then. Even after we installed one, it seemed like we were punching a gaping hole in our perimeter.Having since tried unsuccessfully to make a Cisco VPN concentrator and the associated VPN client user-friendly, I'm now reconsidering GoToMyPC. But between managing virus and spam threats from users' home machines and doing user training and troubleshooting, it seems like too much for this one-person IT shop to handle.

Any advice?

Mike Saunders

Network and Communications Admin
Investors Real Estate Trust
[email protected]

Jonathan Feldman replies: GoToMyPC on a single-user basis doesn't provide the kind of accountability you want. I like the features in the Corporate and Professional editions.

Where I work, we take a belt-and-suspenders approach that allows the Web traffic out only if we've authorized it for the user in question. Even if a user does download a single-user version of GoToMyPC, you can block it with SmartFilter, SurfControl, WebSense or the like.I like the remote-control concept in general, as it follows the principle of "least privilege" by default--if remote control is all you want, remote control is all you grant. Why offer Layer 3 services to home users if you don't have to? Of course, if you do use a Layer 3 VPN with proper access-control lists, you can achieve the same effect, but it's generally easier just to tweak a Web filter and install a PC client.


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