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See also the ⇒ COVID-19 pages.

When you need to use School computing resources from home, or from elsewhere in the world, this page should help.

Before you start - data security

It is vital to make sure that any data you access is secure. ⇒ Guidance on data security summarises steps you must take if you handle any personal or sensitive data. It gives useful links to a number of pages prepared by the University's Records Management team, including information on the Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information Act laws. It also provides links to help you with data encryption and advice on anti-virus software. Please follow the advice on that page before proceeding any further.

Learning and teaching from home

For details see:

Working from your home computer

You can read and send email from anywhere. See the ⇒ mail page for further details.

You can install some University-licensed software (including MATLAB and Sicstus Prolog) on your own computer at home, if you have one. To find out more see ⇒ Licensed software for personal machines.

To hold meetings, chat, videoconferencing, see ⇒ Online Meetings.

We have advice on getting ⇒ remote access to restricted web pages.

To access your files from home see ⇒ Where are my files?

If you're having trouble seeing University web pages, see ⇒ How to test your network.

Access to Informatics computers

You can get remote access to a DICE desktop environment. See ⇒ remote desktop service for details.

You can also login remotely to your own office desktop or to a lab desktop, but only if you first do this:

  1. Get onto the Informatics network (through the ⇒ firewall). You can do this using either ⇒ OpenVPN or ⇒ ssh.
  2. If your office computer is sleeping, you can ⇒ wake it up remotely.

Then login with ssh to your office DICE computer - or if you're an undergraduate or taught MSc student, see ⇒ Remote lab computers.

To remotely use a Windows managed desktop computer in your office, see COVID-19 computing help for admin and professional services staff.

Remote access explained

For explanations and background information read ⇒ Connecting from outside the University - an overview.

Working from home

Information Services has a helpful ⇒ Working from home page.

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