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Brief: AOL Launches Link2PC

The premium service will let subscribers remotely access their PCs from another computer connected to the Internet.

America Online Inc. on Tuesday launched Link2PC, a premium service that enables subscribers to remotely access their PCs from another computer connected to the Internet.

Link2PC creates a virtual desktop over the Web that mirrors the desktop being accessed and enables users to open and edit document; or access, share and print files. The program uses 128-bit encryption and two-level password validation for security. Users decide which programs to share remotely.

The service, which is powered by WebEx Communications, costs $6.95 a month for up to two host computers, officials with AOL, a Dulles, Va., unit of Time Warner Inc., said.

After registration, Link2PC users download a small program on computers they wish to share. From any other PC, the user visits the Link2PC Web site to create a virtual desktop of their shared computer.

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