RemotelyAnywhere is a relatively late arrival to the remote access software landscape. Despite this, the package is arguably the most complex currently available on the market, offering the IT professional full access to a remote machine's facilities, even allowing a full reboot on the fly.

Equally unusual, the software sets up the host system as a web server operating on port 2000. Using this approach allows users to access the remote machine across a standard web browser using HTTP commands, with 128-bit SSH/SSL for security.

Coupled with IP filtering and IP address blocking, we think the security on the package is excellent.

The software utilizes Java applets so you can use a simple web browser instead of installing a separate client application.

The downside is that, if you have got simple personal firewall software or pop-up blockers installed on your client machine, the Java applets may not function properly.

However, the upside of using Java applets is that any WAP/ mobile internet interface, such as PocketPC Explorer (with Java), can also be used, although you will need to scroll around the host PC's screen on a typical PocketPC setup.

As soon as RemotelyAnywhere loads on the host machine, you get a rundown on the machine's status, including available members, network setups and CPU loadings.

Menu options include complexities such as DLLs and open ports in use, and processes in action. It is even possible to change the virtual memory settings and the priority levels of all processes.

Alongside a complete scripting language, RemotelyAnywhere also includes support for secure telnet sessions. We think this has both plus and minus points from the security perspective, but the software's security safeguards are such that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

Unlike other products in this Group Test, there is no true full-screen mode on this solution.

This curious omission means that, unless the accessing PC has a higher screen resolution/screen size than the host system, you'll have to scroll around the screen to see everything.

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Name: RemotelyAnywhere (Telecoms Security group test) Description: Price: $89 (Personal edition)
One of the most in-depth remote access packages on the market. Supports remote registry and Windows settings editing, as well as reboot-to-previous-status.
Not for novice users. Lacks full-screen support. Uses Java applets that can cause problems with some basic personal firewalls.
An excellent do-it-all remote access package with high levels of security. Works well with a variety of browsers.

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