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What are the different ways of remotely connecting to your computer?

I'll be leaving for uni soon and would like to know the different methods of connecting remotely to my home pc.

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Guest [Entry]

"A VPN is essential, since only this option will provide you with a secure connection at no cost. With that, your next task is consider what kind of connection you wish.

Remote Desktop: If you need the
benefits of controlling your computer
from afar. You can launch
applications and control them.
Especially useful if these
applications do not have a
command-line interface.
File Sharing: If you only need to
pass files between your desktop and
whatever computer you are using to
connect to it, Remote Desktop is
unnecessary and overkill. All you
will need is to enable File Sharing
and share one or more of your Desktop
Software Control: If you need a
software-based unified solution for
remote desktop and computer access,
you can turn on to programs like
Symantec PCAnywhere.
Web Services: You can also use one of
several available web services for
remote access. TeamViewer,
GoToMyPC, or LogMeIn
Telnet/SSH: Finally, the ""raw""
connection is also available. Through
software like PuTTY you can establish
a telnet session between your distant
desktop and your current computer.

Akira, provides in the comments of this post a nice link to an extensive list of applications and solutions handling Remote Control: Remote Control Applications"
Guest [Entry]

"I used to do this when at Uni.

I used Ubuntu running openssh server with a long passphrase, before moving to key based auth and disallowed password entry.

I used WinSCP to copy files on and off from Windows, and the built in SCP/SSH clients in Linux.

I used Dyndns.com to guarantee the IP address of my computer, which I set up using my router. I then forwarded the relevant ports to that PC.

I set SSH to run on a different port to 21 to minimise the number of random attacks that I was getting a day - most trying the username root with random passwords on port 21. I'd stop the root user being allowed to log in via ssh, this will help stop that happening."