[Dshield] How secure IS GoToMyPC?
keith at keithbergen.com
Wed Jun 16 13:28:10 GMT 2004
GoToMyPC is (I believe) a service that lets you take over
your entire computer remotely. They may also have a
configuration that allows you to just share drives. Either
way you would be putting a lot of trust into that service.
I'm not real certain from your email exactly what they are
trying to accomplish.
You have to remember that GoToMyPC is a vendor, and you are
effectively using their service to access your machine
(presumably as administrator) remotely. I have not used that
service specifically (I have seen the ads), but to me, it
would seem easy for them to get your login and password from
the system, and thus have full control without ever having to
install anything on your system.
If you simply want to share a file, put that file up on some
web space. Most ISP's allow you at least 3MB of web space
(mine gives you 10) where you can store the file and download
& upload it by FTP. You should install an index.htm file so
that people can't browse to it.
If you completely want to take over your remote PC, there is
a freeware package called tightVNC or you can use the XP Pro
package remote desktop. Both allow you to change the default
port number (highly recommended). Also, I would only share
logins that are NON-Administrator. There are a myriad of
security measures that you can take to help protect it, but
the only sure way is to not do it.
I hope this helps,
---- Original message ----
>Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 08:01:25 -0400
>From: Alan Frayer <afrayer at frayernet.com>
>Subject: [Dshield] How secure IS GoToMyPC?
>To: list at lists.dshield.org
>I have a potential client who has been suggesting they want
>access critical data using GoToMyPC, rather than placing the
data in a
>web-accessible, password-protected read-only database.
>Which approach to accessing the data remotely would be more
secure? Am I
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