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VPN: Frequently Asked Questions

What is a VPN?

A VPN gives users a secure way to access university network resources from remote locations over the Internet or other public or private networks. The VPN also encrypts the data that is going back and forth from the client to the resources on our network. This prevents people from eavesdropping on your network connection.

Why do I need to use this?

A VPN allows you to securely (via an encrypted connection) access university resources that would otherwise be inaccessible from the Internet or outside of the campus network. See diagrams A and B below for more details.

Diagram A:
without vpn

Diagram B:
with vpn

Do I need the VPN software if I dial into the university modem pool?

No. You should be able to access what you need when you dial into the modem pool.

When would I use this then?

Most users will use the VPN if they have a high speed Internet connection at home. For example, a cable modem or DSL connection. The university does not provide most users with this type of access. Connecting with the VPN client software will allow you to "virtually" be on the university network.

Where can I get the VPN client software?
Can I use the VPN client software anywhere? Even at home?

Yes. As long as you have an Internet connection, you can use this software from anywhere in the world.

What do I do after I have installed VPN?

After installing the VPN client and profile you may run the VPN software. It will prompt you for a login which is your NetID and Password.

What is Duo Security with VPN?

Beginning October 1, 2018, Duo Security will be required to connect to the VPN for all Faculty, Staff, and students. 

More information about Duo Security can be found here: 

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