We (IT people) all have had that question from family or friend through the years. Ring Ring……Ring! Hey buddy, my computer started doing something I never seen before. I know you are on the other side of town or out of state, can you help me? What do you think it is?
We love to help but most of the time an answer cannot be reached until we are in front of the computer. I assure you after this article, you shall not have an issue with this any longer, unless the computer is dead completely.
TeamViewer is the name and sharing is the game!
Using TeamViewer this week alone has saved me a trip to the Sargent’s house to show him some stuff. It saved me a trip to Tennessee to share information with Walter. All it took was executing the TeamViewer and giving the ID to the other user on the other end and the password. Wah-lah, we now have complete access as if we are sitting in front of the computer its self. There is even a built in chat, video, and audio. No need to have several applications to do different things. Let me point out a very important thing here before we get too far. This is a free program and does not need to be installed or admin rights. If you use it and like it great but if you want to make money with it; please buy it.
A friend needed some files from my computer and we used TeamViewer to complete the job. It worked flawlessly without a lag. He was able to execute a few commands and dump the data he needed into a text file. Once the file was done, he simply drug the file to his own desktop and dropped it.
The reason I love this application is the fact that it does not need Remote Desktop Connection. I have found that most are unsure how to set this up and give access to their machine. TeamViewer solves this as nothing is installed and nothing to setup. Double Click the executable give numbers and watch the magic work.
Now the flip side of the coin should be “Wow, if it is this easy! What else is going on that I do not know about?” Food for thought! This has been tested by me (Emory Casey Mullis) via Verizon myfi and security protected systems. It has also been tested across the internet via Charter at 30MB to Walter in Tennessee. Scott White and I tested it many times to include remote control of our systems and file transfers. We have chatted and talked with no issues what so ever.
Thanks for stopping by and reading with us. I hope that this tool helps many more like me who enjoys helping others. Do not re-invent the wheel, when the wheel works just fine.
Author - Emory Mullis has been in Law Enforcement for roughly 19 years including military and civilian law enforcement. He started learning about computers back when Gateway 266 MHz was the top of the line and cost about $2000.00.Right out the box, I was compelled to take my new found 266 apart. Why I have no idea other than pure curiosity. Once I had the computer out the box and on the floor in pieces, my wife walked in. Trust me people; this was not a good thing! Either way I got a good understanding at this point on how a computer is put together and / or the components inside. This was my starting point with computers and I still hear my wife in the back ground “It better work when you put it back together!” That was my humble beginnings as a Cyber Investigator. Now with many Cyber cases under my belt, I have learned that you must question, challenge and test almost daily to keep up with all the new tools, software, computers and cell phone formats to be able to forensically acquire evidence and it is a real challenge. I enjoy the challenge and look forward to learning more every day!
Tim is the Oldcommguy and Chief Technical Editor of Lovemytool.com and working as a volunteer for the Georgia POST helping to train Georgia's Law Enforcement community in sound techniques for recognition, protection and acquisition of lawful cyber evidence.