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RemotePC Lite Converts Your PC To Your Personal Cloud Storage

RemotePC Lite Converts Your PC To Your Personal Cloud Storage

RemotePC recently launched RemotePC Lite, a free service that can transform your PC into a personal cloud that is accessible from anywhere. This free new service makes it possible for you to use your PC or Mac as a centralized server or cloud, and use other PCs, Macs, or mobile devices as clients. You can select the folders, documents, images, and emails that are enabled for cloud access without needing to upload the data to a storage service.

"RemotePC Lite has been optimized for PCs and iPhones. A Mac version is in the pipeline. Although online storage and sharing services are popular, there is a sizable user base that does not feel comfortable uploading their critical documents or images online due to privacy concerns. Additionally, there is substantial amount of data on their PCs to transfer online. They prefer to have permissions based control over their data, host the data themselves and have real time access. RemotePC Lite is tailor made for them," said Divyanand, Project Lead for the RemotePC team.

Features of RemotePC Lite include:
  • Access Files and Folders enabled for remote view via any browser or phone
  • View Photos and images as thumbnails or in large/medium view
  • Create share links for your friends and associates to allow access to files, folders or photos on the remote computer
  • Upload files to your remote computer and download files enabled for remote access via the web
  • Locate files and folders quickly and easily
  • Read emails on the remote computer supported for Microsoft Outlook/Outlook Express/Windows Mail via the web
A full featured remote access service with remote control is also available and starts at $4.95/PC/month. Other options include a Small Business option for 25 PCs at $49.50/month.
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>> can transform your PC into a personal cloud

Sony laptop batteries have been doing this for years.

But seriously... this has got to be the worst attempt yet for a company to shove "cloud" into their description. This allows remote access to your PC and it's data, not a "cloud".

The functionality that they describe all fits within the definition of a webserver... just because you can share URLs to the data with friends doesn't make it cloud computing.

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I can't even hit my website from work anymore, which is the only reason something like this would be handy. I'm sure this would be blocked as well. You'd think with some companies allowing social networking sites at work they wouldn't be smart enough to block more advanced users from VPNing into their home computers. Some day I will find an easy and free way to get to my home PC from work!

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It depends on what your employer's doing:

1) Simply firewalling inbound ports and outbound ports except to allowed services (http, ftp, etc). Easy solution: run your home VPN on a well known port (443).

2) Blocking all outbound/inbound ports and forcing you to proxy everything through something like an ISA server. Solution: tunnel your traffic over https. This has a varying degree of difficulty, depending on your setup. You can pretty much tunnel everything over it, if you have the ability to install software on your work machine (and who doesn't... once they boot a Linux CD and run chntpw).

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Note: ^- This guy not responsible if you violate your companies Internet Usage Policy!

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Yeah, I will have to give it a go.  We've been really busy at work so I haven't bothered trying to get it working yet.  When we have a little downtime I'll give this another go.  I have admin rights to our network anyway (not firewall stuff or I'd just except my workstation) so I can install things, however there are nightly or weekly scans run for unauthorized software.  Originally, I was going to run everything from my thumbdrive, but now we are not supposed to use them.  I'll have to try using VPN over an authorized port though, good idea. 

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