I’ve been testing a free remote access service called LogMeIn. Remote access services are indispensible to a busy family law attorney who wants to avoid rushing back to the office at night or on a weekend to check office email, prepare a short document, run a child support calculation, record billable time, check a client’s fee status, or do anything else one would ordinarily do on the office computer.
The best of these services, such as GoToMyPC, allow you to connect to your office computer from any internet-enabled computer in the world. If you are using a fast broadband connection on both ends, the experience is almost like being at your desk. You can transfer files from your office computer to your home computer or even print office documents on your home printer if you need them for court or a meeting early the next morning. The free version of LogMeIn offers the remote access part of the service, but without the added features such as file transfer. Of course, you can always remotely log into your email program on the office computer and email documents as attachments to your home computer even without a file transfer feature. So for many lawyers, the free version of LogMeIn may be adequate. If you need more features, the Pro version is only $10 per month or $100 per year, which is dirt cheap for this capability.
I still think GoToMyPC is the best option for remote access and control, but if you want to try a no cost option, check out LogMeIn. Simply go to the LogMeIn Web site from your office computer, spend a couple of minutes creating an account and selecting a password and access code, download and install a small program, and you are done. Unlike other remote access programs such as PCAnywhere or Windows XP Remote Desktop, there is no special configuration to worry about such as IP addresses or port forwarding. From now on, you can use that password and access code to remotely connect to your office computer from home or elsewhere. Remember to leave your office computer running when you leave the office.