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Faculty: Remote Desktop

Remote Desktop is a great method to access your office computer from outside of the building. Once connected, you can access any drives or programs you use at the office.

Using Remote Desktop

After notifying ITS, you will be sent a Remote Desktop shortcut by email. To connect, double-click the Penn Law.RDP shortcut from your home computer.

Shutdown, Restart, or Log Off of your Computer Remotely

Log Off

  1. From the Start Menu, click Log Off.

Restart or Shutdown

  1. From the Start Menu, click Windows Security.
  2. Click the red arrow next to the red power button in the bottom-right corner and choose Restart or Shut Down.
    Windows Security

Get Setup for Remote Desktop

All members of the Penn Law community must complete the campus Security & Privacy Training before gaining remote access to Law School resources.

  1. Complete  Security & Privacy Training
  2. Send an email to to let ITS know that you’ve finished the training.

Secure Shortcut for Untrusted Computers

Remote Desktop should only be used to connect from computers you trust. If you need to use Remote Desktop from untrusted computers, please request a new shortcut from ITS.

The secure shortcut will not be able to access your local printers, hard drive, or USB devices.

Best Practices

Please make sure you follow the follow best practices for remote computing. The below links provide more information about how to certify your computer and other tips for secure computing.

  • Don’t use email to transport sensitive data.
  • Don’t store sensitive data on your personal or any remote device, including USB Keys or PDAs.
  • All Penn data should be stored on the server because it is backed-up and monitored for security.
  • Any locally stored data should use encrypted hard drives.
  • Use your department’s SharePoint Only site to access data remotely.
  • Use strong, complex passwords and password-protected screensaver.
  • Don’t save passwords.
  • Logoff of password protected websites and close all open browser windows when you’re done.
  • Avoid the use of free wireless access points, kiosk computers, or computer workstations in public places (e.g., Internet cafes). Never use them to login to Remote Desktop or to access systems which contain sensitive data.
  • Consider changing your passwords if you have used a public computer or one which you do not know is secure.
  • Your PDA must have a strong password and be able to be remotely wiped if you are using it to access Penn data.

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