Glenn FleishmanSenior Contributor, Macworld

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Glenn Fleishman is the author of A Practical Guide to Networking and Security in iOS 8, and a senior contributor to Macworld, where he writes the Private I and Mac 911 columns. He is also a regular contributor to the Economist, Fast Company, and Boing Boing.

Use chat services for remote access

If Back to My Mac doesn't work for you, you have another simple alternative for remotely accessing a Mac: using a chat service like iChat or Skype to share screens.

Five ways to access a remote Mac

There are plenty of ways to access one Mac from another. Each has its own pros and cons. Glenn Fleishman explains the options and helps you figure out which one is right for you.

Remote access: OS X's built-in tools

One of the simplest ways to remotely access a Mac is to use two tools built into OS X: Screen Sharing and Back to My Mac. The only hitch: If you're trying to control a Mac outside your local network, you'll need a MobileMe account.

Automate daily chores with AppleScript

Do you launch the same apps every morning and shut them down every night? Glenn Fleishman has an AppleScript that could take care of those repetitive chores for you.

BearExtender n3

Want to boost your Mac's wireless range? The BearExtender n3 does the trick, as long as you can work with a less than optimal software interface