Frequently asked questions about CU-Boulder's VPN offerings.
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) provides a secure encrypted tunnel from your computer to the CU-Boulder network whether you are on campus or off, thus allowing access to resources (such as library resources) that require on-campus connections. Use of a VPN is advisable for secure Internet browsing and file server access when connecting wirelessly.
No. A VPN does not provide protection from viruses or malware. However, OIT offers information and recommendations for several antivirus solutions.
No. The VPN solutions are provided to campus as common good services. There is no charge to the user for this service.
PLEASE NOTE: It is important to log out of all web sessions. Forgetting to log out from a computer kiosk could give the next user access to your VPN web session.
Yes. Both the web-based VPN and Network Connect allow you to be connected to the CU-Boulder network and your home network at the same time.
CU-Boulder’s VPN service can be used with Mac, Windows, Linux, Android and iOS. Visit the Cisco VPN page to learn how to configure your device.
In general, it is best practice to use eduroam for most secured on-campus connections, while Cisco VPN should be used for secured off-campus connections. Refer to the chart below for usage specific usage scenarios:
|eduroam||On-Campus||Create on-campus secure connections that allow users to access file servers and other secured systems, as well as securely browse the internet.|
|Cisco VPN||Off-campus||Gain access to campus resources (e.g. library resources, file servers) from off-campus.|
|Custom VPN||On-campus and off-campus||In order to to access department specific resources, custom VPN connections should be used on and off campus.|