How can I work remotely from airports?

by on April 9, 2013

Q: I work remotely using my company’s laptop (Windows 7 Enterprise). I need to connect to the internet through a VPN.

I would like to be able to work at airports and hotels but the wireless services are not secure.

I can’t install anything on the PC, so I can’t use a AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G.

Any suggestions?


4 Responses to “How can I work remotely from airports?”
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    Hi Elainelw – If you are connecting over a VPN all of your data that is going between you and your work office is encrypted. You may want to check with your Network Administrator to see if they direct all of your internet traffic through the VPN tunnel which would include Browser traffic as well.
    VPN’s can be configured in multiple different ways so it is best to speak with the network administrator to ask them how secure it will be when connecting over an unsecure network.

     
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    Thanks fletcha, but I can’t connect to the VPN if the internet connection isn’t secure. The VPN rejects my attempts to connect to wireless networks at airports, hotels, etc, where the user doesn’t have a unique log in ID and password.

     
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    Some form of WiFi hotspot is probably your best bet.

    This can either be your cell phone if it supports tethering over WiFi or a separate device from a cell phone provider.

    Since your laptop would connect to this device via WiFi you shouldn’t need to install any software on your laptop. You’ll also be able to set a password on this wifi mobile hostspot so that should take care of your VPN security problem.

    I’d suggest the cell phone wifi tethering option if your phone supports it.

     
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      Thanks Mark, I’ll give that a try.