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How to remotely access your computer from anywhere
It's not always possible and practical to carry all your information around wherever you go. So even though you may be able to carry a memory stick around with the information your need to access, you may still find it useful to be able to access your pc from some other location. There are various software programs that can allow you to remotely access your computer from anywhere as long as there is an internet connection and a pc to use. For example, you can access your home computer while you're at work and work on the files that are located on your pc. To do this you need to have special software such as GotoMyPC.
Here's how it works.
First you need to download your chosen software and install it or set it up on the pc that you wish to access when you are in a different place. This usually takes a few minutes depending on how fast your pc is. With a very powerful computer, you can do this in seconds.
All you have to do now is to make sure that
YOU LEAVE YOUR PC ON AND CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET!
If you don't leave your pc on, there's no way you're going to be able to access information on it unless you can call someone nearby to switch it on for you. Many people get all the steps right then forget to either leave it on or leave it connected to the internet. The computer should be left on AND connected to the internet. This is very easy if you have broadband or an internet service that is always on. Dial up is not very reliable but it works too.
Now everything is set up and you can access your pc from any place where you are. To access the pc you need access to a pc that is connected to the internet. When you get online, visit the website of the software provider and login to your account. Follow the simple instructions to connect to your pc or simply click on the connect button and you'll instantly see your pc desktop and files before you. It's quite amazing really especially when you use remote pc access for the first time.
You can now start using or working on your computer as if you were sitting in front of it – even if you're hundreds of miles away. You could be in Lusaka, Zambia in Africa and you'll be able to access your pc in London, Los Angeles or New York. All you need is access to the internet. It's very easy once you've installed your software. If you're already away from home, ask a family member or a trusted friend to install the software on the computer you want to access. As long as it's left switched on and connected to the internet, you'll be able to go to it from anywhere in the world.