LogMeIn Free

LogMeIn Free

Download Editors' Rating:
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Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 539 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.0.774
  • Total Downloads:
    1,794,197
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 16, 2008
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    20.02MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,025
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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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.

 
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  • Current Version

    4.3

    out of 19 votes

    • 5 star 13
    • 4 star 3
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    4.0

    out of 539 votes

    • 5 star 301
    • 4 star 98
    • 3 star 40
    • 2 star 22
    • 1 star 78
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5 stars

"Terrific program - and free, to boot"

September 12, 2009  |  By chris sutton

 |  Version: LogMeIn Free 4.0.774

Pros

Works great 99% of the time.

Cons

sometimes it gets stuck - not often. When it does you might have to wait 15 minutes to get back in. Had problems disabling it on the host computer.

Summary

I use it in conjunction with a paid LogMeIn Rescue account - if I have to transfer files to a client's computer that I have accessed using LogMeIn Free, I'll log in with Rescue. They can actually both be running at the same time. But Free is terrific to access your own computer remotely.

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4 stars

"Great for accessing your computer from anywhere"

January 26, 2009  |  By Jonnyabc

 |  Version: LogMeIn Free 4.0.774

Pros

1) It's free
2) Installation and sign-up is optional
3) Secure
4) Reliable

Cons

1) Requires sign-up
2) Fewer options for free (such as remote file transfer)

Summary

In the last few days, I've compared the free versions of LogMeIn and TeamViewer 4. I've had a difficult time deciding which one I liked better, because both appear to have an equal number of advantages and disadvantages. TeamViewer appears slightly more user friendly from the outside, but LogMeIn is much more versatile and customizable. If you are simply looking for a simple way to share information between users, TeamViewer will likely beat LogMeIn hands down. Currently I favor LogMeIn, because I feel that it has slightly more security options.

Security is the biggest issue with this type of software. Is TV (TeamViewer) better than LMI (LogMeIn), or vice versa? Each has an equal number of pros and cons. TV generates a random password for your computer every time it loads, that is if you don't specify a predefined password after installation. LMI, on the other hand, simply requires that the user know his or her own computer user name and password after logging into their account. While this may make TV more user friendly and open to inviting other people to control your computer for you, watch out; if you set a predefined password, that is the password you give out to your friends to join you on the excursion, so don't pick a password that you use for everything else (or be sure to change it). If you have installed TV, you have the choice to decide whether or not it starts on boot up. LMI does not give you this option (and yes, for those of you who know LMI, you can still disable it). For all of you security freaks (not unlike myself), you want to make sure that your computer is completely safe from all external harm. I would nominate TV for this advantage. However, LMI does offer a whole lot of better options in return. For example, you can set specific options as to its behavior: lock keyboard, blank screen and lock out computer on ending session. You can even setup an option to send a notification to your email every time someone logs into your LMI account. Some of this you can do with TV, but not all that is in one is the same that is in the other.

Next up: operability. LMI requires that the host computer have software installed and the client to have an up-to-date computer/browser. TV, on the other hand, gives you multiple options; there are three downloads available: full, USB portable and QuickSupport. The full edition on startup allows you to run the program with or without installing it first. The USB edition (which comes in a .zip file) never asks for installation, and runs the full version. Honestly, there really isn?t much difference between running the portable and full edition (without installation), but there are minor differences. The small QuickSupport edition file strictly runs inbound support; in other words, it shows the user their ID and randomly generated password. This is what a user should run if a technician wants temporary access to a computer remotely. Afterwards, the user may simply delete the executable.

Why install TV if you can run it without that step? Did you try to reboot remotely? ?@#$%^&*!? You?ll be very irritated when you realize that you can no longer access remotely, because as soon as the computer restarts, TV is no longer running. This is when installation is necessary. Since LMI, on the other hand, requires installing the application from the start, this is already solved. Installing TV is recommended if you plan to use your own computer remotely.

Lastly, we get to the part everyone wants to hear: functions, tools and styles. As the names imply, LMI is a more selfish utility compared to TV. The main difference is what you are looking for in the program. LMI is a great tool if you expect to use it for working on your own computer remotely. There are some features that you can?t get for free there that you can from TV. For instance, LMI can sync clipboards between the computers, but it does not allow simple file transfer. On the other hand, TV can?t sync clipboards, but it does have file transfer abilities for free. This works even better if used with the VPN (Virtual Private Network), which displays the other computer as a regular directory window (i.e. Windows Explorer).

As mentioned before, the web based version of TV offers fewer features than does the program based one. Nevertheless, both TV and LMI have advantages to the other one. LMI and TV are well named for their uses (LMI is meant for your only, while TV allows for access to other user accounts). You can share your desktop, but you can also simply display it in a presentation view and share files. A very handy function is the ability to easily switch the control of the host and client around.

Both offer additional features if you?re willing to pay, such as LMI?s remote sound/printing and file transfer abilities. TV is meant for personal use only; if you are an aspiring computer repair/support person, you will have to pay a lot of money to use it professionally. That ends my review of TV and LMI.

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5 stars

"Excellent - Have been using for years."

January 21, 2009  |  By debianmr

 |  Version: LogMeIn Free 4.0.774

Pros

Very Easy to Use and very flexible. there is no catch with logmein free as a reviewer says here --. you simply use it for free when you choose to do so.

Cons

there is nothing I can complain about.

Summary

Well - I have been using it for long years and can tell that I have nothing to complain about.

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5 stars

"Great Product"

January 20, 2009  |  By nobody_important

 |  Version: LogMeIn Free 4.0.774

Pros

I have used this for several weeks. It is Free. Do not need static IP. Connect from anywhere.

Cons

Connection slightly slower than some other programs I have tested.

Summary

This is a good product and easy to use.

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5 stars

"Free really IS free, there is no bait and switch"

January 11, 2009  |  By spardue99

 |  Version: LogMeIn Free 4.0.774

Pros

Simple to install, simple to use, works like a champ!

Cons

None so far.

Summary

Don't be confused by reviewers stating that the free product is not free, it IS free. The free trial period only lasts for 30 days or 2 hours of usage, whichever comes first. When that period ends, you are given a choice of subscribing to the Pro version (which is what you are using during the trial), or doing nothing, which means your trial converts into an ongoing FREE subscription to LogMeIn Free.

There is no bait and switch - you can use the free product for free, forever.

I have been using LogMeIn for about a week now (I blew thru my two hours in the first day and converted to the free version at that time), and I'm totally in love with this product.

I am an online retailer, and need to be able to make updates to my website remotely. I am using LogMeIn Free to access my desktop PC from my laptop while traveling, and it is seamless. Before trying LogMeIn, I tried GoToMyPC - it worked, but I prefer the simple interface I get with LogMeIn, and free never hurts!

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2 stars

""free" is not exactly true"

January 09, 2009  |  By WhatInSamHill

 |  Version: LogMeIn Free 4.0.774

Pros

indeed it IS easy to use - for however long that may be

Cons

not inside of a week I was slapped with invalid sign in and expiration notices of my "free account"

Summary

waste of time... I'll get the same service elsewhere without the bait and switch

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5 stars

"Remote Control for Dummies"

December 31, 2008  |  By WinstonBoxed

 |  Version: LogMeIn Free 4.0.774

Pros

It is extremely easy to use. Directions are quite clear even for a dummy like me. Have been using the free version for over two years now and have about 20 computers on board. Never had a problem.

Cons

I guess the only drawback is that some people don't like the fact that they have to download the software on their system. If they don't trust you then you shouldn't be working on their computer anyway.

Summary

How easy is this to use? Dick and Jane went to the store. Run spot run. See spot run. Need I say more. Have 20 computers on the free version and my friends/neighbors love the fact that I can fix their problems with a simple phone call. Plus the fact that I don't charge them since it's my hobby and I love the challenges and all that I've learned from the experiences. Absolutely a great product all the way around.

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5 stars

"Awesome, and Easy"

December 12, 2008  |  By brownie67

 |  Version: LogMeIn Free 4.0.774

Pros

Have only used for 8 hours, and can't believe how easy it is to use...i am going to use this to log onto my home pc while on the road, and while connected will access my Sling Box to view my surveillance cameras around my home

Cons

none for my laptop, would like to have better access using my mobile 6.1 device
i can get over that

Summary

i will be getting the pro version, at around 40.00 per year, that equates to 1 hour of my life, for hours of use.

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5 stars

"Love it! Love It!"

December 11, 2008  |  By steve_rock

 |  Version: LogMeIn Free 4.0.774

Pros

Simple. Always works. Full control of home PC
No need to configure port forwarding or anything of that kind. Just works!

Cons

Does not pass video or sound... At least the free version... But who wants to pay...

Summary

Must-have if you want to access your home PC from outside

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5 stars

"Stunning product and totally free for the home user"

November 19, 2008  |  By primerisk

 |  Version: LogMeIn Free 4.0.774

Pros

Free to use with no limits and an excellent product to boot!

Cons

LogMeIn Free is limited in it's features. No support for clients other than windows. (Other products they have will support Mac and smartphones)

Summary

I've been using the LogMeIn Free version for over a year and love it. I'm not a desktop jockey, but I am our friends and family's default IT support guy. Without this LogMeIn I'd spend countless hours trying to verbally walk them through simple tasks. Now I just hop on and drive their desktops like I was in front of the PC.

Their LogMeIn Rescue product is stunning also, but very price for the home user. It is intended for commercial support personnel, but check out the free trial anyway, it's fun to play.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.0.774
Version 4.0.774 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher LogMeIn
Publisher web site http://www.LogMeIn.com
Release Date October 16, 2008
Date Added October 16, 2008
Version 4.0.774
Category
Category Networking Software
Subcategory Remote Access
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista
Download Information
File Size 20.02MB
File Name LogMeIn.msi
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,794,197
Downloads Last Week 1,025
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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