Using VPN allows a connection to University systems or the campus network from anywhere with an internet connection. For instructions on installing and using VPN, visit the VPN AnyConnect User Guide.
In order to create this secure access it is first necessary to establish a Virtual Private Network (VPN). It is “virtual” because it does not rely on a direct connection and it is “private” because it keeps the data secure from other public internet communications.
Note: When you are connecting via the public internet, the speed of your connection depends on your internet service provider (at home or from where you are connecting) and not the VPN connection.
Traffic Encryption Policy
The purpose of the VPN service is to provide a secure way to access U of G or other online resources. After you establish your VPN session, data traffic is encrypted based on the variant of VPN you select (see below).
Split Tunnel vs. Full Tunnel VPN
There are two variants of VPN available. You are able to choose the one that best matches your scenario when you connect:
- This is the default VPN service and should be used most often when connecting from on-campus, home, or another secure internet connection.
- The split-tunnel configuration allows you to use VPN to connect securely to specific U of G systems (Finance System, Central File Service, computers located on campus, etc.).
- Access to non-U of G systems continues to be sent directly via users' home internet service provider (or via the secure internet link to which users are connected when not at home).
- This option allows you to direct ALL of your online activities through VPN for a fully secured and encrypted connection when necessary. This includes connecting to the U of G network and systems, as well as to non-U of G online resources and websites.
- The full-tunnel configuration should be used in the following scenarios:
- when connecting from countries that may restrict access to online services;
- to provide a secure connection when using public (non-secure) WiFi; and
- when accessing cloud services that require an official University IP address.
- The full-tunnel connection may be slower than the split tunnel. all internet traffic through the full tunnel will be protected by the University's security infrastructure and is subject to the Acceptable Use Policy which can be found here: uoguel.ph/aup.
This service is provided by CCS free of charge.