Remote Desktop Policy

L&S employees may request remote access to their computers on campus from “remote” computers. Typically a laptop or home desktop computer is used to remotely access a desktop computer at UWM.

While convenient, Remote access poses privacy risks unless precautions are taken. The guidelines below will help employees protect their data while they use remote access.

Requesting Remote Desktop access

Use the Remote Desktop Access Request form to contact L&S IT with your request.

Guidelines & Best Practices

Lock your computer

When your computer is not in use, you should “lock” your desktop screen using the Windows Key + L key combination.

Protect Confidential Data

Store files with confidential or private data on a secure network share. If you must store confidential data on a laptop, ask L&S IT to encrypt your device. Whenever possible, do not store social security numbers on your device.

Home Computer Security Checklist

Operating System Security Updates

Install all updates for your operating system using Windows Automatic Updates. For more information on updating Windows, please see Microsoft’s Safety & Security Center site.

Anti-virus & Malware Protection

Ensure that antivirus and anti-malware software is installed and up-to-date. Microsoft Security Essentials is a free all-in-one option for PCs.

Avoid “Rogue” Software

Beware of fake anti-virus and anti-spyware programs advertised on the internet. Some will appear as pop-ups or banner ads that present fraudulent “scan results” in hopes of luring people into buying their “removal” software, which is often a virus itself.


Windows Firewall or a capable third-party firewall should be enabled and configured to protect the integrity of your computer. For more information on configuring the Windows Firewall, see the Windows Firewall Feature site.