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. If you are using the client from off campus, it appears that your computer traffic is originating from the CU network thus allowing access to resources, such as library resources, that require on-campus connections. Use of a VPN is also advisable for secure Internet browsing and file server access when connecting wirelessly.
Refer to the following chart to find the best option for your use of CU-Boulder's VPN service:
|Option||Who may get it||Description|
|Desktop Applications||CU-Boulder affiliates with an IdentiKey||CU-Boulder offers a couple of different applications (CIsco VPN Client and Network Connect) to use in order to have a secure on-campus network connection when you are away from campus. These applications are available for all CU-Boulder affiliates with an IdentiKey.|
|Web Browser (VPN Web Interface)||CU-Boulder affiliates with an IdentiKey||A simple web-based VPN connection that allows access to a wide variety of on-campus and off-campus resources through a web browser (remote desktop, SSH, file sharing, etc.). The VPN Web Interface allows for a simultaneous connection to the CU-Boulder network and your home network.|
|Mobile Devices||CU-Boulder affiliates with an IdentiKey||A VPN solution is available for CU-Boulder affiliates using Apple Devices. Junos Pulse is a free network client application that allows for mobile devices to connect to CU-Boulder's VPN. Android devices are not currently fully compatible with CU-Boulder's VPN service.|
|Custom VPN Service||Departments, groups or services requiring their own protected IP range.||Your custom VPN will be configured with requested features and a specific URL that can be entered in the Network Connect application, accessed via the VPN Web Interface or entered in a Mobile Device application (by request).|
|Advanced Users & Server Admins||Advanced VPN Users and server administrators||Limited connection service and IP ranges for VPN service applicable to server administrators.|