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.
The web-based version provides encrypted access to on-campus proxy servers for web and terminal access. The web access is particularly useful when accessing library resources from off-campus. It also supports web access to some campus file systems. The terminal proxy offers secure shell (ssh) and remote desktop (rdp) emulators. The web-based version offers flexibility since you can have access to some resources via on-campus proxy servers through one window (or tab) with no effect on any other browser windows (or tabs) or any other communications you might have open and running on your system.
The client version sends all traffic between your system and the campus network through an encrypted tunnel. This is useful for accessing on-campus file systems natively and for accessing other applications that permit access only from on-campus systems. The client version allows split tunneling which facilitates concurrent access to your local area network, the Internet, and your department's protected resources.
CU-Boulder's VPN service is available for use with Apple devices. For more information visit the Install/Connect with Apple Devices (Junos Pulse Client) tutorial.
VPN service is not currently supported for Android devices.
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.
The SSL VPN can be used with Mac and Windows. Linux/UNIX operating systems work fairly well with the web-based VPN connection.