Run IE or Firefox from a USB flash drive ?
Posted on 2007-07-26
I have a SonicWall SSN VPN appliance at my office and I use it to access my office PC from a remote location. It is a neat product that does not require installation of any software on remote/client PC.
It is all web based and I must use either Internet Explorer or Firefox.
The way it works is:
1. Open the web browser
2. enter certain HTTPS address
3. Login into the SSL appliance
4. Click on a link for a office PC to access it
5. In order to access my office PC, I must download and install certain Active X components or Java
So, the remote PC or laptop must have the Active X and/or Java installed.
All of this works fine if I use my personal laptop or PC.
Many times, when I go out of my house, I do not carry my laptop with me and sometimes I need to access my office PC (SSL VPN appliance) using a Public PC (library, hotel etc).
99% of times these public PCs have settings that permanently block downloading any Active X components or Java. (which is understandable)
So in this case I can not access my PC using web based SSL - VPN.
I was wondering if still there is a way to use public PCs with all blockings by simply plugging a USB flash drive and running IE or Firefox from that USB drive.
I would somehow have necessary Active X or Java also installed on that USB drive.
Is this possible at all? Do you have any other solutions?
I read about option running Opera from USB U3 flash drives, but SonicWall does not support Opera.