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Robin Galiley

I've been researching remote access to QB 2004 and would like the groups
experiences and opinions on the best way to connect to the program while
away from the office.

---First approach I've tried is through the program itself using webex.
It cost about 29.95 a month to do all I need. I need to be able to print at
the office.

--Second approach I've thought of is using another software program such as
PC Anywhere or Remote Access capabilities within XP.

Right now I'm running QB 2004 on Windows XP professional. Unfortunately,
I"m running dialup up at 56 K and don't have a static IP address.

Robin
 
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Karl Irvin said:
I don't understand why people trust third parties with their company
and financial information (or whatever else they use this service
for).

All communication using the gotomypc system goes through their servers
and they can do whatever they want with it. I did not read the license
agreement or the security/privacy blurb they have on their site, but
it must be a given that all data is at anyone's disposal at that
company. Maybe not at the people who answer the phone, but who knows
who has access to what at that company?

It's like Intuit and the QB emailing feature directly from the
program. If a user wants to email an invoice or any other document, it
goes through Intuit's servers (for who knows what purposes) before
reaching the recipient.

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Allan Martin

I don't understand why people trust third parties with their company
and financial information (or whatever else they use this service
for).
Sad to say you never will understand. Maybe the fact that they have 1000
times more to lose by not having almost fool proof security then they could
ever gain by looking at your useless information.
 
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MartyM

Sad to say you never will understand. Maybe the fact that they have 1000
times more to lose by not having almost fool proof security then they could
ever gain by looking at your useless information.
Most financial losses incurred by companies are from insiders. This
leads me to believe that the 'trusted' individuals working for any
company providing this service may find something to gain by using
your data in a manner you did not intend.

As a company they have more to lose, true. Can you trust everyone
working for that company?

MartyM
www.upstatecomputer.com
 
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Allan Martin

MartyM said:
Most financial losses incurred by companies are from insiders. This
leads me to believe that the 'trusted' individuals working for any
company providing this service may find something to gain by using
your data in a manner you did not intend.

As a company they have more to lose, true. Can you trust everyone
working for that company?

I trust that the company has put in enough controls so this is not possible
or extremely difficult.

The truth is we often put our trust in others and place a lot more at risk
than our data. Often it is our very lives that are at risk. I do understand
Nospam's paranoia, because every one is out to get him.
 
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I suppose those who won't use GoToMyPC because of "trust" issues also won't use the Post Office. Or a courier/delivery service. Or a telephone. Credit card. Bank.

There must be more people living in caves than I realized.
 
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MartyM said:
As a company they have more to lose, true. Can you trust everyone
working for that company?
Exactly. At the time when thousands of ISP employees are dumping
complete active user lists on a CD with a click of a button, and sell
them off to spammers for a fraction of a penny per address, and at the
time when major online banner ad companies and credit companies are
merging and compiling cross-referenced databases with their data, who
is to say what some employee at gotomypc or any other similar service
is doing now or will do in the future?

I didn't say that the company owners intentionally do this, but when
M$ cannot protect its OS code from hackers, then why would gotomypc
can protect their customer data from an insider that wants to dump a
few terabytes on a disk and take it home? I know it's not an open
season over there, but it can't be a secure place either.

This is reckless endangerment of financial data.

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_ said:
I suppose those who won't use GoToMyPC because of "trust" issues also won't use the Post Office. Or a courier/delivery service. Or a telephone. Credit card. Bank.
Are you intentionally ignorant or are you just pretending to be one
here? There is always a level of risk in everything - the issue is
what that level is and whether each person can tolerate it.

There are thousands of letters lost and stolen each year at the USPS
but the percentage is so small that the service is overall dependable.

There are thousands of stolen credit card numbers and fraudulent
credit card transactions that could have been avoided by the CC
companies, but the percentage, again, is small.

I reversed a $25,000 total of fraudulent transactions from our bank
last year that were allowed because of a bank mistake and oversight.
But again, the risk level is very small for our company not to use
that one or any other bank.

In the issue of gotomypc and any similar services, especially for
using them for financial data, I find the risk of loss of privacy to
be inordinately high. If you want to take your company books out on
the sidewalk and leave them there during your lunch brake you can do
that too. I don't see much difference between those two things.

If you trust them, please use them. You can be a good test case until
they prove that they can protect their customers' information.

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Mike Schumann

Since you are already running QBooks in a Windows XP machine, use remote
access. The only limitation on Windows XP is that you can't have a remote
access session active at the same time that someone is using the PC.

If you have dynamic IP addresses for your network, use a free dynamic DNS
server service like no-ip.com to automatically update you IP address when it
changes.

If you have a broadband router between the PC and your DSL / Cable modem,
you will need to configure the router so that it forwards all of the remote
access packets to the Windows XP PC.

Good luck,
Mike Schumann
 
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MartyM

I trust that the company has put in enough controls so this is not possible
or extremely difficult.
I spent the last four years implementing security software for Fortune
1000 companies including banks, brokerage/ investment houses, software
publishers, etc. If you think companies as a rule are in control and
employees can not function maliciously within the environment you are
misinformed. The sad part is that most of these companies will not
prosecute, they even give the terminated employee a severance package
and a good reference - all to keep their name out of the press. You
wouldn't want to read about your bank's former employee running around
with thousands of credit card numbers in the local paper. Just not
good PR for any company who has ties to your money, is it?

Keep your data safe, there is no one you can trust with your
information as well as you can yourself.

MartyM
www.upstatecomputer.com
 
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Allan Martin

MartyM said:
I spent the last four years implementing security software for Fortune
1000 companies including banks, brokerage/ investment houses, software
publishers, etc. If you think companies as a rule are in control and
employees can not function maliciously within the environment you are
misinformed. The sad part is that most of these companies will not
prosecute, they even give the terminated employee a severance package
and a good reference - all to keep their name out of the press. You
wouldn't want to read about your bank's former employee running around
with thousands of credit card numbers in the local paper. Just not
good PR for any company who has ties to your money, is it?

Keep your data safe, there is no one you can trust with your
information as well as you can yourself.

So what are you telling us? Should I throw away all my credit cards? Should
I close all my bank accounts? I guess the employees at the telco company are
tapping my phone. We all know about the people who work for the post office,
hard to believe they don't steam my mail open before I get it.

Sorry Marty but I don't even think I can trust myself any more. I'm crazy
after all.

Lets face it life sucks, and then you die.
 
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MartyM said:
Keep your data safe, there is no one you can trust with your
information as well as you can yourself.
Thanks, MartyM, for your informed comments. It's like talking to brick
walls sometimes in this group.

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MartyM

So what are you telling us? Should I throw away all my credit cards? Should
I close all my bank accounts? I guess the employees at the telco company are
tapping my phone. We all know about the people who work for the post office,
hard to believe they don't steam my mail open before I get it.
I guess my point would be that you have to be selective - banks deal
with your finances and are heavily regulated by the Feds, Intuit sells
software - which one do you think is going to take better care of your
information?

I work with data for a number of my customers, here are a several
precautions I take:
1) no customer data resides on any networked system
2) all data is encrypted, high-level password on the host computer
3) data no longer needed is destroyed properly - government wipe,
media destroyer, etc.
4) PGP encryption used on any emails containing data, passwords, etc.
5) Audit trail on any media that leaves my hands

When weighing in on the balance between too much or not enough
security, ask what is value of anything you stand to lose in lost
business, replacement cost, trust.
MartyM
www.upstatecomputer.com
 
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MartyM

Thanks, MartyM, for your informed comments. It's like talking to brick
walls sometimes in this group.
Appreciate the comments: I am a believer that everyone can make better
decisions when better informed. My perspective comes from the side of
the fence where this nasty stuff happens all the time. I have done
work for those government agencies where you need a top-secret
clearance to work there. I would assume that the employees, having
passed the security investigation, are pretty reliable. The government
is not taking any chances and implements additional measures to ensure
that their data is protected, even though their people are presumed to
be beyond reproach.

MartyM
www.upstatecomputer.com
 
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mhill

You can try "RemotePC" (http://www.remotepc.com/). It works behind most
firewalls using RemotePC communication servers without the Host
requiring static IP address. It works very proficiently from dialup
connections to LAN setups. It uses 128-bit encryption to encrypt the
communication between your computer and the remote computer so its very
secure.

Regards
Hill
 
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mhill

Hi Mairon,

Yes, RemotePC (http://www.remotepc.com/) is definitely faster since
they use Latency reduction technologies, which results in speedy screen
refreshes and keyboard/mouse event sensing.
Logins are also fast and secure and connection to remote computer is
also immediate.
We use it and have found it better than the rest. Interacting with our
clients have improved because of RemotePC.


Regards
Hill
 

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