CrossLoop - free secure screen sharing

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 7, 2007
Updated • May 30, 2013
Windows, Windows software

You may want to take a look at Croosloops if you are looking for an efficient, easy and free way to connect securely to a computer at another physical location so that you can take control of its screen, mouse and keyboard remotely.

CrossLoop enables you to see the screen and control the mouse and keyboard on a remote computer using an encrypted connection using the Blowfish 128-bit algorithm.Explicit permission has to be granted before the connection can be established. It is in this regard very similar to Teamviewer which lets you do pretty much the same thing.

All that needs to be done is download the CrossLoop application and run it on your system and on the target system that you want to control remotely.

The host, that is the computer that sends it screens to the other computer, has to setup an access code and the computer that wants to join has to enter that access code to establish the connection to the host computer. A random access code is generated when you click on the Host tab.

This works well even if the computers are secured with a firewall or other means of protection, and requires no configuration that you have to work your way through to get started.Routers do not have to be configured as well, just run and connect.

Requirements are that both computers run Windows 98 or later and have at least 128 MB of Ram and 2 MB of hard drive space. Found this great tool at the donation coder blog.

The Screen Sharing software and Remote Access software that CrossLoop makes available is still available for free.  The free versions are limited in some regards, file transfers are limited for instance and users do not get unlimited remote access to customers as well. It is sufficient though for home use, for instance when you need to troubleshoot the PC of your parents or friends.

The difference between screen sharing and remote access is that you only get to watch the host screen while you get options to access it directly if you are using the remote access program.


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  1. Eugene said on March 29, 2013 at 8:51 am

    This is also good.
    The software works well, Ammyy Admin doesn’t require installation or specific config, works behind gateways NAT as well as within one LAN.

  2. elias j said on October 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    veri good products is inportant por mi

  3. Dunhill said on March 9, 2007 at 8:51 am

    Thanks Martin.
    I downloaded CrossLoop immediatly this morning. I use to support 9 provincial offices spread over South Africa, and was looking for a [b]free[/b] remote assistant tool for a long time now. I used teamviewer, which is a great tool, but not free. I could use it for a maximum of 10 sessions of 30 minutes a month.

  4. Mrinal said on March 8, 2007 at 1:28 am

    Martin – a big thanks from this small team in California for your support and bringing us to your readers. Also a thanks to the Donation Coder Blog.
    Please feel free to contact me if you or your readers have questions.
    I recommend that you subscribe to our blog for new releases and updates – we are working on a very exciting new one. Thanks once again.

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