A virtual private network (VPN) connection can provide you with secure, authenticated remote access to Penn State networks, resources, and services whether you’re located on campus, miles away, or half-way around the world. Here are the benefits of using a VPN:
- Offers a seamless connection through an encrypted tunnel. Penn State’s VPN service allows you to access University resources seamlessly, but with an additional layer of protection.
- Protects your data. Use a VPN to connect when authenticated access to campus resources is required. This may be necessary when accessing research data, library resources, or restricted networks.
- Provides an additional layer of security and privacy when traveling. It’s hard to know whether a Wi-Fi network is trustworthy, so make sure you always use a VPN when connecting mobile devices or laptops in hotels, airports, or coffee shops.
To learn more about Penn State’s VPN service, including where to download VPN client applications, how to configure and use the VPN, and who to contact for help, visit http://ais.its.psu.edu/services/vpn/.
More Resources on VPNs
- Lifehacker explains Why You Should Start Using a VPN.
- Learn more in PCWorld’s article How (and Why) to Set Up a VPN Today.
- Read this StaySafeOnline guest blog for tips on protecting your mobile devices when using Wi-Fi hotspots.
- Learn more about the potential threats of public networks in this short video by Private Internet Access: How to Use a VPN to Stay Safe Online.