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LogMeIn and GoToMyPC are both housed under the LogMeIn family of products. Last year, Citrix spun off the GoTo set of products in June, and by the end of the year they merged with LogMeIn. While the products have similar capabilities, they don’t really compete with one another.

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These products both offer remote file and screen sharing facilitated through remote desktop access, but the ways they go about it are a little different, which could determine your choice between LogMeIn vs. GoToMyPC.

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LogMeIn’s design creates a secure link between two computers, even when the user accesses the data over an untrusted network. The host computer that the client accesses stays connected to the LogMeIn servers over a secure connection, and the client requests access to the host computer’s data directly through the LogMeIn servers. This allows users and hosts to operate behind firewalls and does not require additional IT services to configure that firewall.

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GoToMyPC’s setup involves installing a small server on the host computer that communicates with the central GoToMyPC broker when a user makes a request on the client computer through a browser window or the desktop app. Users can access remote desktops and share or sync files through the app’s web browser on any device.

Products and Sharing

LogMeIn’s product comes in three different versions that all provide sharing between individuals and teams.

  • LogMeIn Pro gives access to two computers, but you can invite as many users as you need to access those two computers.
  • LogMeIn Central is designed more for sharing files and updates for IT professionals.
  • LogMeIn Rescue gives users access to look at and remotely navigate on another person’s screen. Each of these products supports file sharing and remote printing

GoToMyPC only has one product, but it comes in three pricing tiers: personal, pro, and corporate. The difference between these plans really comes down to the number of users and computers you’d like to sign up. They do provide temporary access so you can invite other users to your computer. This is especially useful if you want to use the product for demos and bug fixes. GoToMyPC gives you access to all of your monitors from the same window, so you don’t have to change your organizational system.


The real advantage of both of these programs is that they give you access to all your files on the host computer from almost any location. This is especially useful to keep you from downloading your important and possibly sensitive projects to a physical drive, which could potentially go missing.

LogMeIn’s three products give you control over all of your devices, but the ability to share that data to other users and admins gets more advanced with each access level. The Central product provides automation for routine update tasks and monitors device status with mobile app/kiosk availability, which is especially helpful for IT departments.

GoToMyPC offers a file transfer and sync interface that lets users drag and drop files from one desktop to another, or use the program interface to sync across devices. As long as the host computer remains turned on and connected to the internet, the browser or desktop client will connect from anywhere. A quick video on the website illustrates the program’s main use case pretty well, if you can get past the cheesy bro-tastic office shenanigans.


In addition to building a secure gateway between the client and host computer, LogMeIn provides two further layers of security: TLS and LogMeIn Intrusion Filters. TLS (transport layer security) provides its own two checks to ensure your data has not changed in transit: record sequence numbering and message authentication codes. Mismatching keys means your data has been tampered with, and the transfer will fail. The LogMeIn Intrusion Filter has three components: IP address, denial of service, and authentication. These three filters ensure that bad actors are not connecting through an unknown IP address, hitting your site with an excessive number of connect requests, or trying to guess passwords through a high number of random tests. Each of these acts are common hacking techniques that LogMeIn guards against.

GoToMyPC similarly guards against denial of service attacks and excessive password tries through server monitoring. In addition, firewalls are deployed between the servers and the connected host or client computers. Because users can access the GoToMyPC servers from any web browser, search history is a security concern that the company has planned for. Although the program will show up as GoToMyPC in search history and may download an optional cookie to the computer, neither of these leave behind any identifying information or specific histories that could endanger the security of the data.


Outside of the basic features, which are pretty comparable between LogMeIn vs. GoToMyPC, each has a couple of extras that you might want to keep in mind as you decide.

LogMeIn offers free LastPass accounts to help you and your team securely manage your passwords. As a user of LastPass for both personal and business accounts, I can tell you this is worth it. Technically, LogMeIn and GoTo products are both sister companies to LastPass, but the free account is only offered with LogMeIn.

GoToMyPC sweetens their deal with a custom desktop shortcut that will let you access your host computer with a single click. This is great to use for those computers you access a lot, but it can have some drawbacks, as one user found when GoToMyPC had a security breach in 2016. That security breach wasn’t handled well, as the article mentions, so you might want to take that into consideration when choosing products.


If you’re only concerned with file sharing and syncing your data, programs like G Suite for Business and Dropbox for Business might be a better choice. But if you’re dealing with strict corporate file sharing, IT support, and software demos, the ability to share screens and data with outside clients over an encrypted network adds a level of comfort worth paying for.

The LogMeIn vs. GoToMyPC debate is a hard one to decide. LogMeIn’s extensibility is useful for those who need to deliver managed IT services. GoToMyPC, on the other hand, may be more useful for corporate, financial, or health-related industries that give employees access to sensitive information, but don’t want to share it via public cloud or physical storage.

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Original author(s)ExpertCity
Initial release1998; 22 years ago
Stable release
Available inEnglish
TypeRemote desktop

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GoToMyPC is remote desktop software that allows users to access computers remotely using a web browser. It was developed by ExpertCity and launched in 1998. Citrix Systems acquired ExpertCity in 2004 and maintained the GoToMyPC brand and services. Citrix spun off the GoTo products, which were acquired by LogMeIn in early 2017.[2] There are three versions: 'Personal', 'Pro', and 'Corporate'.


Klaus Schauser and Brian Donahoo of ExpertCity, then a privately held company based in Santa Barbara, California,[3] led GoToMyPC's design and development, focusing on 'ease-of-use form over function'. ExpertCity launched GoToMyPC in 1998, starting with a 'Personal' version and followed by a 'Corporate' edition months later. As part of a 'reverse demand' strategy, ExpertCity marketed the products to individual employees, instead of corporations, because of its limited resources as a startup.

In mid-2001, GoToMyPC required Microsoft Windows on both ends, but ExpertCity planned to release versions compatible with Linux, Macintosh, Palm, Solaris, and Windows CE. The company also planned to create an 'infrequent flier' plan for users who only need access during occasional travel times.

In 2003, 'GoToMyPC Pro' was launched and targeted at small businesses. In December, Citrix Systems agreed to purchase ExpertCity for $225 million in cash and stock in a deal that closed in 2014.>[4] The acquisition was Citrix's largest to date. Citrix planned to keep the GoToMyPC brand, pricing, and services, and let ExpertCity operate from its headquarters in Santa Barbara under Andreas von Blottnitz, who had served as ExpertCity's chief executive officer.

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In 2006, the Canadian firm 01 Communique filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Citrix, claiming they filed for a patent in 2000 and obtained one from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in August 2005 for their remote access software I'm InTouch.[4][5] Following an inter partes reexamination, the USPTO issued a Right of Appeal Notice confirming that all of 01 Communique's claims were patentable.[6] 01 Communique's lawsuit requested 'unspecified financial damages' covering August 2005 to the settlement date.[4][6] In July 2010, the patent infringement claims were upheld.[6] In May 2014, Citrix filed a complaint alleging patent infringement by 01 Communique's 'I'm InTouch Meeting' and requesting a 'declaratory judgment' against 01 Communique alleging that GoToMyPC did not infringe the original patent. In October, the two companies reached an agreement and withdrew their complaints against each other.[7]


Following GoToMyPC's launch, beta user Greg Alwang wrote a positive review of the software for PC Magazine.[8] He said the file transfer features were 'basic' compared to those offered by competitor pcAnywhere, but complimented the product's usability and concluded, 'GoToMyPC is revolutionary, and pcAnywhere is evolutionary.'

In the 2000s, GoToMyPC received several recognitions for its performance, including Laptop magazine's 'Ultimate Choice Award' for remote access in the software category (2004), PC Magazine's 'Best Utility Product' (2003), PC World's 'World Class Award for Best Remote Access Software' (2004), and Windows IT Pro's 'Readers Choice Award for Best Remote Control Product'. In 2003, Network World's Toni Kistner recommended GoToMyPC for users who require remote access to large data stores on desktops or local applications too costly to operate on home computers, or who do not want to lose important desktop data should their personal computer be lost or stolen.

In a 2011 review of GoToMyPC's iPad app, Jeffrey Wilson of PC Magazine said, 'The app works as advertised—I was able to control my work PC from a distance—but it could benefit from a more responsive interaction with the host computer.'[9] Tony Bradley of PC World said that he saw GoToMyPC as an 'insurance plan' that would allow him to use applications or data from his laptop on his iPad, but he was unsure if it would be worth the monthly subscription fee.[10]

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In 2013, the International Data Corporation named GoToMyPC the best remote access option for the fifth consecutive year.

See also[edit]


  1. ^'GoToMyPC'. LogMeIn. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  2. ^ 'LogMeIn merges with Citrix's GoTo business, combined entity eyes over $1 billion revenue globally - ET CIO'. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  3. ^Magid, Lawrence J. (March 22, 2001). 'GoToMyPC While I Sit 350 Miles Away'. Los Angeles Times. Tribune Publishing. ISSN0458-3035. OCLC3638237. Retrieved April 13, 2001.
  4. ^ abcDanner, Patrick (February 2, 2006). 'Citrix Systems sued over patent'. Miami Herald. The McClatchy Company. ISSN0898-865X. OCLC2733685. Archived from the original on February 5, 2006. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  5. ^'United States Patent: Meyer, et al.: System computer product and method for providing a private communication portal'. United States Patent and Trademark Office. August 9, 2005. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  6. ^ abcCheung, Maxine (July 16, 2010). 'Canadian software developer wins patent ruling over Citrix'. Computer Dealer News. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  7. ^'01 Communique Provides an Update on its Patent Litigation against Citrix Systems Inc' (Press release). CNW Group. 01 Communique Laboratory Inc. October 23, 2014. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  8. ^Alwang, Greg (March 20, 2001). 'Remote-Access Options'. PC Magazine. Ziff Davis, Inc. 20 (6): 28. ISSN0888-8507. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  9. ^Wilson, Jeffrey L. (February 28, 2011). 'Citrix GoToMyPC (for iPad)'. PC Magazine. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  10. ^Bradley, Tony (February 28, 2011). 'Hands On with GoToMyPC for iPad App'. PC World. International Data Group. ISSN0737-8939. Retrieved April 13, 2016.

Further reading[edit]

  • Awang, Greg (January 15, 2002). 'Go to Your PC from Anywhere'. PC Magazine. 21 (1): 39.
  • 'GoToMyPC'. PC Magazine. 21 (13): 148–150. July 2002.
  • 'Never Stray Far from Your PC'. PC Magazine. 22 (10): 40, 42. June 17, 2003.
  • Soper, Mark Edward (October 13, 2004). Absolute Beginner's Guide to Home Networking. Pearson Education.
  • Lowe, Scott (2005). 'Using GoToMyPC'. Home Networking: The Missing Manual. O'Reilly Media, Inc. pp. 215–221.

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External links[edit]

  • 'Product Information: GoToMyPC'. SC Magazine. Haymarket Media Group. October 1, 2003.
  • 'Control Your PC Remotely'. HWM. SPH Magazines: 127. September 2005. ISSN0219-5607.
  • Brandon, John (June 7, 2011). 'GoToMyPC 7 Pro Review'. Laptop.
  • 'GoToMyPC (Remote Desktop): Version: 1.2.616.0'. Macworld. Mac Publishing. Archived from the original on 2014-10-03.

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