Let’s Meet: Free Trial of GoToMeeting and Using GoToMeeting.com

Try GoToMeeting Completely Free for 30 Days (and if you decide to purchase, get $10 off)
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GoToMeeting is an online resource for large or small businesses and individuals to use to safely and cost effectively share information. You can connect with clients, customers, employers, employees and coworkers to collaborate, train, present and share information. Seminars may be conducted for up to 1000 participants. Find out why meeting online is safe and effective.

GoToMeeting is an online resource that allows people to meet anytime, anywhere and to discuss, collaborate, train, educate or present information to customers, clients, employers, employees, coworkers or even friends. This online meeting service allows people to meet in real time, with technology which allows the attendees to view any application running on your PC, as if they were surfing with you. You may schedule presentations or meet spontaneously. You or your business may even conduct “Webinars” seminars for groups of up to 1000 participants.
I have recently been able to use GoToMeeting for my freelance writing business. As part of my business services I also design web site for small and work at home businesses that wish to create an online presence. One of the best uses for GoToMeeting that I have found, was the ability to show my customers a sample web page without having to travel to meet each other. It has also allowed me to have customers outside of my general locality. I simply schedule a “meeting”, call my customer, give them the meeting code, and they access the webpage with the code. I then can show them the pages I have designed on my computer.
In order to use GoToMeeting, you first create an account, set up GoToMeeting on your computer in a matter of minutes, and then organize you meeting. There is no need to waste memory space or time by downloading additional software. Some other features of GoToMeeting include the use of industry standard SSL and U.S. government standard 128 AES encryption as well as the being “firewall friendly.” Network administrators also will not need to configure or change your current firewall settings in order to participate in a GoToMeeting conference, presentation or meeting.
Security is a key concern when meeting online and GoToMeeting provides all the services necessary to protect your information – whether it is on your computer or network or on other attendees. Not only does this service use encryption technology but it also provided security by including the following services:
– Utilizing user authentication codes: presenters and attendees will use passwords to enter their meetings, thus providing security protection against misuse or uninvited “guests.”
– Secure control over keyboard and mouse: the presenter has control over the keyboard and mouse.
– Limitations on the application in use: Not only are attendees not distracted by other applications but the only available information is the program you choose to share, such as PowerPoint or the Internet.
– Inactivity time out: ensures that after a specified period of time (30 minutes) screen sharing is automatically stopped due to inactivity. However, users may adjust this function to 15 minutes up to 60 minutes.
GoToMeeting has been featured in several magazines and professional journals including PC World, CNET News, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. It is a Winner of PC Magazine Editors’ Choice Award 2 years in a row. Customer support is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week with a chat feature, email or via telephone. A free trial is available for 30 days with up to 15 attendees.
Meeting online through GoToMeeting or another online meeting service is one of the safest and most cost effective ways to conduct business. One year of unlimited meetings online is available for $468.00 or you may use the service on a monthly plan for $49.00 a month. An annual plan for online seminars (Webinars) is $948.00 and $99.00 a month. Not only is this a money saving tool (in many cases you can’t fly for this cost to just one meeting) but it is a much safer way of sharing information than many others, especially email.
So what is the Identity Theft protection application for GoToMeeting? Think about this… if someone is using a packet sniffer to read email messages or otherwise grab textually based information, you can get around that by displaying your password on your screen, which someone is actually watching. There’s practically no way for an information thief to grab the password from a video-based data stream.
So rather than sending a password via text, you simply ask a co-worker to join you on GoToMeeting, and show them the password there.
We’ve used this method for several collaborative projecs that deal with thousands of people’s credit card and other sensitive information, and it’s simply been the best method for conveying secure information through a connection across the world, without actually sending the password through a line that may be sniffed or otherwise bugged.
The most important factor to influence your decision to use GoToMeeting should be the safety features included in this program, which are part of what makes this a better way of sharing information online. Any information you share in this way is safer than it would be via email.
Emails can be sources of spyware or viruses. They can contain tracking information back to your network or personal computer. Email addresses may be tracked to your home address or home telephone number. With this information unscrupulous individuals can find out far more information about you that you would like for them to. Misuse of this information can lead to other crimes, such as identity theft. By utilizing a meeting service like GoToMeeting, especially one that limits the information and access to your computer, you can keep your personal and business information much safer from computer threats and other crimes.
Try GoToMeeting Completely Free for 30 Days (and if you decide to purchase, get $10 off)
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3 thoughts on “Let’s Meet: Free Trial of GoToMeeting and Using GoToMeeting.com”

  1. Thanks,
    I have tried this service before as well and found it to be very effective. Of late though I’ve been working with http://www.batipi.com.
    They provide effective levels of security and their account managers make an effort to explain alot.

  2. Kanz,
    Thanks for your comment.
    From initially looking at Batipi, they appear to charge more and offer less than GoToMeeting, in terms of the actual services they offer.
    At Batipi, 5 Users = $250/month. Where with GoToMeeting’s GoToWebinar, I can promote a webinar and have up to 1000 people on a line at the same time for less than $100/month.

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