When you are not at the UF campus and need to work remotely with your data or programs, there a few different tools that allow you to get secure access. One of the simplest methods is to use Windows Remote Desktop to access the College Terminal Server. See Using the Terminal Server.
Remote Access to your Desktop PC
Windows Remote Desktop can also be used to access Window desktop PCs at the College. Setup for that is also described in Remote Access to your Desktop PC. In most cases this requires a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection. See below.
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Some tasks you might need to do remotely require your computer be on the UF network. While a remote desktop session to the terminal server or your PC might suffice, in some cases you still want your laptop or mobile device to be on the UF network. To do that you need to establish a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection. See VPN.
Secure Connection using SSL
Many College services are secured via a bit of data called a digital certificate. Programs you use on your remote computer might complain about certificates when accessing those services. To correct this problem, you can import the certificate into your computer or program. See Secure Connection using SSL?