Virtual Private Networking (VPN) systems are used to create a secure connection between one computer and another computer or network.
When you have a VPN connection established, it’s like you have a personal network cable running from your computer to an on-campus location, regardless of where you are or whether you’re using physical cables at all.
A VPN connection also helps prevent data theft (such as passwords or credit card numbers) when you’re connecting from wireless or remote locations.
You’ll find the VPN most helpful when you’re not on campus, including:
- Using off-campus wireless services (coffee shops, etc)
- Telecommuting from your home or from remote locations
- Studying abroad