A Virtual Private Network (VPN) service creates a secure connection (“tunnel”) between your device and the campus network and is used when you need to access restricted networked resources from off campus. By connecting to the Princeton network virtually, you are able to access Princeton’s information resources while being protected through existing network security tools, such as the firewall. A VPN ensures that your information, as well as Princeton’s, is delivered in a secure fashion through the use of firewall rules. Firewall restricts the greater public from accessing Princeton’s servers, which protects them and the information that they contain from unwanted traffic (i.e., the internet and hackers). You then have secure, authenticated remote access to Princeton services while keeping Princeton’s resources safe. If you are dealing with sensitive information related to Princeton in a public space (e.g., while traveling or using Wi-Fi in an airport or café), a VPN will provide you with additional security.
How do I use the VPN?
Princeton faculty, staff, and students can use the VPN service Global Protect or Secure Remote Access (SRA). Learn how to configure your VPN connection depending on your operating system. If you have a problem with VPN, contact the OIT Support and Operations Center at 609-258-HELP or email firstname.lastname@example.org.