Hi there, thx for the rapid response. Yes, free is good. I was thinking straight away of a well known internet security package. I agree with you that the connection I am making should be secure - my assumption was that a VPN was, by definition, secure because it is encrypted.
I may be wrong - if so, a 1-liner would suffice rather than a lecture :-).
I have not heard of LogMeIn but I shall now investigate it. I presume it supports login with the RSA SecureID?