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  • Your desktop should remain in the office. To connect to your desktop from an off-campus computer, first connect to the VPN, then connect to your machine using remote desktop.

  • Desktop computers that have been taken home should be returned to the office once you begin working on campus regularly again.

  • Computers that have been shut off (or managed Windows machines used at home without VPN) for 3+months should be updated by your IT support staff before it is used for work, to ensure proper functioning and security. Contact your IT support staff for assistance.

If you have a University-owned laptop

  • Do not allow family members or others to use your UW computer.

  • Use your laptop to work flexibly from the office or while working from home.  

  • Additional benefits of using a laptop vs. a desktop:

    • IT sustainability - using a single work device has lower overall energy expenditure in comparison to using multiple devices for a remote desktop setup. 

    • User workflow - using a University-provided laptop eliminates the need to use remote desktop in most cases; users can access software directly on their laptop.

Secure computing practices