Why can't I allow incoming Internet connections to LabTutor Server to allow students remote access?

LabTutor Server requires outgoing access to the internet to contact and synchronize with LabTutor Online, and to download experiments and updates. However, under no circumstances should it allow incoming connections over the internet. Allowing computers to connect to LabTutor Server over the internet is a security risk, making LabTutor Client publicly available through Google etc, and thus not a recommended or supported configuration. LabTutor Server has been designed and optimized to run over a Local Area Network (LAN), and not over the internet. If students log directly into LabTutor Server from the internet, this will result in extremely compromised security, performance and functionality. These students would also need to have LabTutor Client installed on their computer, which is not compatible with Macintosh or Linux operating systems. If students require remote access to their data, LabTutor Online is the only supported solution. LabTutor Online removes all of the complications of performance, security and operating system dependence for accessing student data over the internet.

This information is valid for LabTutor v4.0 and later