Symantec has long
been a trusted name in security and utility tools. Among
its premier products are Norton AntiVirus, Norton
Utilities, Symantec Security Manager and PCAnywhere. I'm
a devoted fan of Norton AntiVirus and have been grateful
for the Utilities program during trying times when only
Norton could diagnose the trouble.
is considered to be the industry standard in
remote-access solutions, enabling distance computing via
phone lines or network connection. Network
administrators have long relied on PCAnywhere to manage
servers and provide technical support.
average user, however, I didn't find PCAnywhere very
convenient when I first used this product many years
ago. At that time, a 28.8-baud modem represented the
industry standard for telephone connection, making
remote screen refreshes and keystroke commands painful
and unbearably slow.
the prevalence of high-speed Internet connections both
at home and in the office, PCAnywhere is an
indispensable tool for anyone who's computing from
multiple locations. The substantial speed that DSL or
cable delivers now makes remote computing almost as fast
and seamless as being there.
extra job you were going to take home, it's not
necessary to copy files to a floppy or burn a CD. Simply
log into your office computer from your remote location,
home for example, and continue working as if you were at
the office. Or use the file-transfer utility to upload
or download files between home and work.
also makes good sense when using proprietary programs
that may only be available in the workplace. It's not
necessary to have this software installed on the home
computer, because no processing actually takes place on
the remote system. The computer at home becomes a dumb
terminal during PCAnywhere sessions and acts like a
remote-control device. The monitor displays the host
computer while remote mouse clicks and keyboard strokes
are transmitted to the host.
I enjoy the
convenience of assisting business clients with quick
problem solving and troubleshooting without the downtime
of driving. Recently, I was able to conduct a training
class in San Jose from the comfort of my home office
thanks to the wonders of PCAnywhere and high-speed
the highest speed during remote sessions, PCAnywhere
offers an Optimization Wizard that analyzes such factors
as monitor display and Active Desktop settings that can
graphics transmit much more slowly than simple text,
it's the job of the wizard to temporarily modify
settings that reduce the graphics load and ultimately
speed up the session.
at the core of all Symantec products, and PCAnywhere is
no exception. This product provides multiple layers of
security to ensure that intruders cannot penetrate the
company intranet. Powerful levels of encryption are sure
to satisfy even the most paranoid network administrator.
the event-logging feature during remote sessions
provides a trail of activities and documents such events
as executing programs, file transfers and reboots.
Additional security settings can be custom tailored to
whatever security level is required.
also offers a choice of installation options depending
on your needs. You can choose the full installation or
simply install the host or remote portions as
single-user license for one host and remote sells for
$179. Comparable products are Carbon Copy by Altiris and
Remote Desktop, available with Windows XP.