Working remotely: Checklist of considerations

We encourage you to consider the following in the event that you will need to work remotely. If you need additional information or require assistance, please contact the IT Service Desk.

Note: The McGill Virtual Private Network (VPN) is required to access McGill services that can only be accessed from secure McGill networks, such as Banner INB. It is highly recommended that you use VPN when connecting to McGill systems from networks that are not necessarily secure, such as "free" WiFi and untrusted networks.

The VPN should only be used for official, work-related activities. As the VPN is currently experiencing high user volume, we ask that you refrain from using the VPN unless it is required for your work. Cloud-based applications, such as email and Microsoft OneDrive, can be accessed without using the VPN.

  1. What files and applications do you need to access from home?
  2. If you are using your personal home computer, it is your responsibility to take appropriate security precautions:
  3. Set up Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) on your devices:
  4. Gather everything you will need for your work:
    • Any necessary paper documents you normally require
    • Additional hardware: (e.g. headphones, power adaptor, mouse)
  5. Additional security considerations:
    • McGill Virtual Private Network (VPN) is required to access McGill services that can only be accessed from secure McGill networks, such as Banner INB. It is highly recommended that you use VPN when connecting to McGill systems from networks that are not necessarily secure, such as "free" WiFi and untrusted networks. UPDATE: Starting May 5, 2020 VPN will require Two-Factor Authentication. Details.
    • If your home computing environment uses a wireless router, make sure that it is password-protected, uses encryption and that you change the default SSID. See 10 Tips for Wireless Home Network Security.
    • Please respect the guidelines for storage of McGill data outlined in the  McGill Cloud Data Directive and Responsible Use of McGill IT Resources.

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