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myCopernic Connector

At a Glance
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MyCopernic Connector is a small piece of software that you must install on any PC that you'd like to search remotely with the myCopernic services, such as MyCopernic on the Go. To conduct the remote search, you need the Connector running, and the remote PC must be turned on and connected to the Internet.

Surprisingly, you don't need any of Copernic's desktop search apps installed. When you set up the Copernic Connector, it lets you choose what search tool to use, and will default to the basic Windows search tool if no Copernic products are available. I would heartily recommend using Copernic's free basic Desktop Search Home tool, though. It does display a few annoying ads (which, luckily, you don't see remotely), but its performance is much better and far faster than Windows' own desktop search tool.

Once the Connector is running, you simply head to http://mycopernic.com from any browser, and you can easily search your remote PC. The interface is neat and clean, with a search bar and a pull-down menu that lets you select which parts of the remote computer you want to search, such as files, e-mails, contacts, browsing history, or more. The results appear almost instantaneously (though the performance will depend on the speed of your Internet connection) and are presented in an easy-to-browse list. The results are organized by date accessed, with the most recently used files or links at the top of the list; I'd prefer to see them organized by type of document. The list of results isn't divided at all, so sorting by type of file would make it easier to browse. And depending on what types of files you search for, you may see some unintelligible results, such as ads and cookies from your Web browsing.

You can download files directly to the computer you're using by clicking the green arrow icon that appears in the search results. (Web links are not downloadable, but can be clicked on from within the browser.) Alternatively, you can set the Copernic Connector to e-mail files to a designated address instead of downloading them remotely. But setting up this feature requires entering a lot of information about your e-mail account, including its SMTP server, e-mail address, user name, password, and port settings. This seems excessive, especially when you consider that setting up access to most e-mail accounts on today's mobile phones requires entering just an e-mail address and a password.



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--Liane Cassavoy

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder myCopernic Connector

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