The name might be LogMeIn, but the motto should be SignMeUp.
The fact that it's free to use for multiple remote PCs, with reasonable monthly plans if you need more--five computers for $20 per month or $200 per year--makes this remote-access program instantly appealing. The program differs from its competitors in that the application runs in your Web browser. If you're running Firefox, it asks to install a plug-in and then opens an emulator of the remote PC in a new window. If you have a lot of tabs open, LogMeIn will slow down your browsing and possibly your CPUs clock speed a bit.
The control window gives you some standard options such as Ctrl-Alt-Del (which kills the connection) and changing the view settings, as well as tabbed access to adjust the connection setting. The 256-bit SSL encryption and dual passwords--one for the program and one for the remote PC's log-in--are welcome protections.
You must upgrade to take advantage of the file transfer and synchronization abilities, but creative users should be able to find ways around that restriction for small files. Still, for the functionality and the price, LogMeIn is an excellent program.
Quickly and easily remote control your PC or Mac from any other internet-connected computer just like you're sitting right there. Access all of your files and share them with others using LogMeIn. No need for firewall, router or proxy configuration. No requirement for remote PC admin rights.
LogMeIn Free includes: Remote control and desktop viewing; Copy and paste between computers; Wake on LAN; Reboot/reconnect (including safe mode); Basic reports (remote access sessions and user access); Chat, AES 256-bit encryption; SSL/TLS intrusion detection; IP address lockout.
What's new in this version:
Now supports HD viewing