There are two types of auction management tools: downloadable desktop applications and web-based applications. The advantage of a desktop application is that you do not need Internet access to manage your inventory or handle other tasks. Additionally, your data is stored on your computer, not online, which may offer you more peace of mind. The advantage of using a web-based program is that you can manage your eBay business and access your records anywhere, including at your local coffee shop or in an airport. Note, however, that there are software products, such as GoToMyPC, that allow you to access your desktop programs while away from home.