Computer meant to be a large box containing a screen along with another big box namely CPU. This was the picture of COMPUTER a decade back. But with the revolution of laptops, computers became mobile and users too started carrying it where ever they want. And now it’s the generation of new tablet PC’s and smart phones as well up to some extent. But users didn’t loose interest in the desktops so far.

Information stored in laptops and iPads can be easily referred and used because we can carry them where ever we want. But what about desktops? Using pen drives would be a better answer but not a perfect one. We may want some information from our desktop when we are some where far from our house. And the second thing is the security of that information present in our desktop even if we keep passwords.

What I am trying to explain here is: if we can control the information in our desktop from some where else, if we can control our complete desktop from some where else without need of any extra complex algorithms; wouldn’t it be simply marvelous!!

This kind of controlling our desktop from some where else requires a software called LOG ME IN. And the present version of this software can also be used to control your iPhone and iPad too.


LogMeIn is a browser-based service that allows users to remotely access or work on PCs anywhere they may be through an Internet connection.

To talk in scientific way, LogMeIn remote access products use a proprietary remote desktop protocol that is transmitted via SSL. An SSL certificate is created for each remote desktop and is used to cryptographically secure communications between the remote desktop and the accessing computer. Users access remote desktops using either the LogMeIn Ignition stand-alone application or a web portal. The web portal requires either an ActiveX plugin for Internet Explorer, or an extension for Firefox (the LogMeIn plug-in for Firefox), or an extension for Safari (the LogMeIn plug-in for Safari), failing that it falls back to requiring Java in order to run a Java program, and failing that it falls back to “a screen-shot-based HTML remote control”. The web portal also provides status information for the remote computers and, optionally, remote computer management functions.

Now to speak in general terms, when LogMeIn software is installed in our PC, the software when runs, our desktop automatically sends a notification from our boot set up to the local LMI servers(along with IP and some flow particulars). These details then enable the internet to scan the entire desktop of ours and the detail which we are in interested can be easily found and used.

From the architecture shown above, we can easily relate the working of this software. As the log in details and the password are unique for every desktop, accessing of desktop with the help of this software is quiet secured. The software works through most firewalls without issue.


Most businesses provide some sort of remote access so that employees can do work from home, or access services like e-mail when away from the office.  LogMeIn provides a free service that allows you to remotely access your PC at work or at home if both you and it are connected to the Internet. Easy steps to follow are

  • Sign up for a free account
  • Use your web browser to install a small software component on the PC you want to remotely access
  • From a remote location, go to the LogMeIn web site, and login to your account
  • Select the PC you want to remotely access
  • Remotely view and interact with your PC.

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