Secure Remote Work Device Options

There are several ways to make working-from-home work for you. Review this guide to discover the available options.

Before you do work for Harvard on your personal network, confirm your home wi-fi has a strong unique password. Do not use default passwords from your internet provider or router manufacturer.

Preferred Option: Use your Harvard Laptop

If you have a Harvard issued laptop, your best option for working remotely is to bring your Harvard laptop home. All your custom applications and settings will be the same as when you work on site. To access network resources, simply connect to Harvard's VPN. Don’t forget to bring home a charger and any accessories you may need.

Alternative Option: Use your Personal Computer

If most of your work can be done through cloud services like Office365, SharePoint, OneDrive, Zoom, g.Harvard and Harvard Phone — you can use your personal computer or mobile device. When working remotely, save files or folders in Harvard-provided cloud storage like OneDrive and SharePoint, but do not save or sync them to your computer. You will be responsible for keeping your device up to date with the latest security patches and configurations. Harvard’s guide for securing your personal computer can help.

Personal Device Security Guidelines

Note: Do not connect personally owned computers to Harvard via the VPN.

Custom Options: Contact IT

Some circumstances require special assistance. If you do not have a Harvard laptop and you are unable to do your work from a personal computer, contact your local IT support. They will listen to your needs and find a solution that fits your situation.