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Comodo Unite creates a virtual private network (VPN) among computers across the Internet to simulate a local network. The transmissions Comodo Unite creates are secured with 128 bit encrypted SSL connections.

If you’re into sharing files with remote users, accessing your home computer from work, or working on projects with others over the Internet, Comodo Unite may very well be what you’re in need of. It works by first creating a virtual network and then adding contacts (computers) to the private network. All the communication is encrypted and secured while at the same time utterly simple to use for anyone.

We’re going to look at what it takes to create a new account with Comodo Unite, how to add computers to a network, and then glance over the features that are provided.

Comodo Unite Features

  • An instant messenger client that allows you to send and receive messages and files over an encrypted communications channel
  • Quickly and securely access your home computer while at work and vice-versa
  • Easily share your applications and browsers with other users on your network
  • Simplify the process of gaining RDP control over other networked computers
  • Works on a variety of networks and configurations – even those behind Network Address Translation systems (NATs) and corporate firewalls
  • Provides full user network authentication prior to connection to servers
  • Provides network management via Unite web interface

Register and Download Comodo Unite

Visit this link to download Comodo Unite. Choose your proper OS architecture to download the correct version. If you’re unsure, simply choose the first option of “32 bit.”

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Run the install and then open the program. If this is your first time using Comodo Unite, you must register with the site from this link or by clicking the “Register a new account” button in the program itself.

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Enter the new account details and then click “Register.”

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You’ll get an email confirming your address. Click the activation link in the email to confirm and finalize the account. Now you can return to the Comodo Unite program and sign in with your email address in the “User name” field, like this:

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Creating and Joining Networks

Create a network of contacts so you can share screens, files, etc. Select “Networks > Create a New Network.”

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Enter the details for your network here. Check the box next to “Enable VPN” to ensure you are creating a secure network. Since you’ll be traversing the Internet, it’s important to secure every detail of communication among the contacts.

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If someone wants to join your network, they’ll need to do so from their “Networks” menu. Choose “Join a Network” to open the dialog box.

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Enter the network details to be included in this network. In this case, we’ll add this user to the network we created above.

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Now that “Jonathan Fisher” has been added to the “Jon – Network” created by “Jon@TechNorms.com,” the two machines have a direct connection to each other.

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Transfer Files, Messages, and More

The two, or more, PCs that have a direct connection under the VPN can do all sort of things like we listed in the beginning of this post.

Double-click any user in the network to send a private message. Choose the “Send” button from this window to send any file type. The other user will have to accept any file that is sent to them before transmission starts. They can then open the file right from the message box.

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Invite more than one user to the conversation with the “Invite” menu button. This requires a set of contacts to choose from. Add new contacts from the “Contacts > Add a New Contact” menu option.

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Select “Remote” from the chat window to remote into the user’s PC. They will be required to accept your request before access is given. You’ll have immediate full access to the system, similar to other remote desktop applications.

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Maybe full access isn’t needed, and instead you want to view just one application. This is done with ease from the “Share App” menu button. Choose this and then select which app to share with the other user. This makes it super simple to share applications with users that don’t have them installed for themselves.

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For example, I’ve shared my Photoshop window with the other user. Now, from their screen, they can view what I’m doing and chat with me during the process. The entire application window is reduced and is put into the Comodo Unite program.

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Choose “Layout > Pop Out” from the bottom right corner of the shared screen so the full application window will be displayed. This is a much easier and natural environment to work in for most programs. This layout change can be performed on either side of the network – both the sharer and viewer can pop the window out.

Click “Share Viewer Only” from this same location and choose “Share Interactive” to give the other user full access to the program.

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Share a browser window in a much similar fashion but with the “Share Web” button. This is beneficial if you’re doing research or something similar. The window, if popped out, looks as if it resides locally like any other browser. Now you can both read the same article or watch as the other person performs a web search.

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Connect to Your Own Computer Remotely

You can also connect to your own computer with Comodo Unite. Do this by first ensuring the remote computer has the application running and is logged on with your account. Then sign on with the same account on the computer you’re wanting to use to remote in with.

For example, if I am at work and want to remote into my home computer, I must first ensure Comodo Unite is up and running at home before I leave. Do this by choosing “Tools > Options” and selecting the following check boxes:

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Now given the home computer is running, Comodo Unite should be up as well.

At the work computer, I’d sign on to Comodo Unite with the same credentials as my home account and then right-click my home computer from the “Networks” tab. I can either launch the remote control with the “Desktop Control” option or copy the IP address to use with the Windows Remote Desktop on the work computer. This, of course, requires RDP to be enabled on the home computer.

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A benefit of using this VPN address with Remote Desktop is that even if you have a dynamic (changing) IP address that would normally hinder your ability to remote in, this address will work because it’s operating from one location to the next using Comodo Unite and not your external IP address.

Manage Comodo Unite from the Web

You can also manage your network and profile from the web at this address. Instead of only requiring the password to join your network, you can force your approval before anyone can join. In addition, your network is publicly viewable unless you change the “Network Visibility” to “Private.”

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Add network admins or search and include other Comodo Unite users to your network.

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Conclusion

If you collaborate with other remote users, or simply want access to your home computer at any time, Comodo Unite may very well server your desires. Additionally, it’s great for adding all your non-tech-savvy friends so you can easily assist them in a time of need. If you are constantly sending files to a remote user, this could be another valid reason to start using Comodo Unite instead of another file sharing service.

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