GoToMyPC is a remote access software application that lets users access their computers remotely. In this article, we’ll be doing a GoToMyPC review to see what this software has to offer, how it matches up with other remote desktop tools and is it worth the price.
Because it’s web-based software, it can be used across a wide range of devices, including Windows, macOS, and Linux computers. GoToMyPC is a great choice for workers who need to access their computer from home or while on vacation (not that you should be working while vacationing) and it’s very easy to set up and use.
So let’s dive in on this remote desktop software and see what it has to offer.
What is GoToMyPC?
As mentioned before, GoToMyPC is a remote access software that allows users to access their computers from anywhere in the world. It also includes features such as file sharing, printing, and web browsing.
The history of GoToMyPC began with humble beginnings as a software application back in 1999. This was when the internet was starting to take off and the .com era was on the horizon. At the time, it was one of the first remote access applications available on the market, and it quickly became popular among system administrators and IT professionals.
Since then, the name GoToMyPC became synonymous with “remote access”, and became one of the most popular and dependable tools for remote access.
To give the chronological order of how this software has developed over the years, GoToMyPC was created by ExpertCity back in 1998 to 1999. In 2003, Citrix acquired ExpertCity and started promoting GoToMyPC as one of the main products in its “GoTo” brand. Then in 2017 a company called LogMeIn came along and bought Citrix.
Today, GoToMyPC is still one of the most popular remote access applications available, despite being bought out by a former major competitor. The brand was and still is so strong that LogMeIn decided to keep the name GoToMyPC, as long as all sales were happening under the umbrella of LogMeIn.
Thanks to its growing popularity, GoToMyPC is sure to remain a staple in the remote access category for years to come.
We liked that GoToMyPC was very user-friendly and had a wide range of features. We particularly liked its support for both Windows and Mac OS X, as well as its secure connections and easy file sharing.
Here are some of the main features of GoToMyPC:
- Remote desktop client: This feature allows users to access their PC from any computer with an internet connection. Simply open the GoToMyPC app on your desired computer and enter your login credentials.
- File sharing: With file sharing, users can share files with other users through the GoToMyPC app. This is great for collaborating on projects or simply transferring files between devices. See the video below on how you can transfer files using GoToMyPC.
- Print services: GoToMyPC also includes powerful print services that allow users to print documents from their computers without having to leave the comfort of their homes. What this means is that you can send a print job to your home printer (assuming you have one of course) from the remote computer you have connected to.
GoToMyPC also offers a wealth of other features that will help you stay organized and connected. Whether you’re looking to share files with friends or family members, or simply need a way to keep your work and home lives separate, GoToMyPC can definitely help you accomplish just that.
How To Use GoToMyPC
Using GoToMyPC is pretty simple. Once you have created an account, either a trial or paid account, you’re ready to rock and roll. Here is a step by step instructions on how to use GoToMyPC:
- Open the GoToMyPC website.
- In the top right corner, click on the login link.
- Enter the login credentials that you opened the account with.
- Once you’re logged in, you will need to add a host computer for you to remote into. You only have to do this once. After you’ve added the host computer, it will always be there every time you log in, unless you manually remove or change it.
- Next click on connect and enter the access code that you created for the host computer when you first added that computer.
- Just like that, you’re fully connected to your host computer via a remote session.
Some people are more visual than others, so I created a video to show the entire process from start to finish, using GoToMyPC for the first time. See below…
Pros: Benefits of Using GoToMyPC
Since its inception, GoToMyPC has been one of the most trusted and relied-upon online tools for remote access. You literally can access your files and folders from anywhere in the world, so long as you have reliable internet access.
As you can see from the sections above, GoToMyPC is simple to use, making it an ideal choice for people on the go.
Because users can access their files from any computer with an internet connection, GoToMyPC becomes a valuable asset, as it has additional features such as remote team collaboration. And of course, GoToMyPC is affordable to the average person and/or business, making it a great option for small businesses and home users alike.
The branding behind GoToMyPC also makes it a great choice. Most people have heard of GoToMyPC when considering remote access tools because it’s been around for so long and has really made a name of itself.
So people know they’re getting a good and reliable product when choosing it.
If you’re like most people, you use your computer for work, entertainment, and other important tasks. Sometimes you may need to get work done from home, and are unable to be physically in the office. GoToMyPC makes this process simple to do, and it just works. Here are some quick bullets points of the benefits of using GoToMyPC:
- It’s fast and easy to use.
- You can access your computer from anywhere in the world with internet access.
- It’s cost-effective.
- You can save time by working from home instead of traveling to your office.
Cons: Potential Drawbacks of Using GoToMyPC
Although there are many drawbacks to using GoToMyPC, there are some and I’ll point them out here. Firstly, the one main thing that jumps out at me is the of cost. Yes, the monthly or yearly subscription can add up quite fast.
A one-year subscription if paid annually will cost you $420.00, which is $35.00 per month, per computer. And if you decide to pay monthly, then the monthly fee goes up to $44.00 per month per computer. Sure this is a bit more expensive when compared to other remote tools in the market.
Secondly, GoToMyPC relies on internet connection quality and availability, so if you’re traveling or have unreliable internet reception, the service may not work well. but honestly, this will the case with any remote access tool.
Finally, some security concerns have been raised about using GoToMyPC. Some people fear that someone could get access to your computer through the service, and potentially access sensitive information or even take control of the computer. But this rarely happens, if ever. This would most likely happen if you share your login information with someone who is not so trustworthy.
So the lesson here is to not share your login information to the service with others. Or at the very least, only with people you really can trust and who are a part of your household or team.
For most people, these “drawbacks” are minor to using GoToMyPC and they are willing to accept the risks that may be involved. Ultimately, it is up to each individual to decide whether or not GoToMyPC is the right tool for them. In my opinion, I think it is.
Conclusion: Is GoToMyPC The Right Choice for You?
This concludes our GoToMyPC review. I think that GoToMyPC is a great program for people who need to access their computers from remote locations. It is very user-friendly and easy to set up, as we’ve demonstrated in the included video. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who needs to work on their computer while away from home or the office.
It’s a great way to access your computer from anywhere in the world with a reliable internet connection. It offers file transfer, remote printing, and even remote team collaboration. An all-in-one solution for your remote access needs. Most other remote access tools don’t allow this many features as GoToMyPC, despite some being cheaper and even free in some cases.
I would highly recommend using GoToMyPC for remote access to your computer. I still use it myself and it’s the first choice I recommend to my clients.
So go check them out and compare the different packages they have available and see which one is right for you. Remember they have both yearly and monthly terms. So if you don’t want to get locked in for a whole year, and would want to cancel at any time, then sign up for the monthly package.
However, some people may like the yearly package so they don’t have to think about paying again for an entire year. Plus you save when you choose the yearly package.
The choice is ultimately yours and what you’re more comfortable with.