Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Overview: 

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a secure, encrypted network connection typically used to connect from a third-party Internet Service Provider (ISP) to a Penn State network-restricted service and/or resource. The purpose for VPN is to establish a secure connection with a Penn State resource or service from off campus using the "ISPtoPSU" connection.  Encryption and other security mechanisms ensure only authorized users access the network and secured data. VPNs are used to:

  • Secure connections between Penn State and a remote ISP. Connections made from a third-party ISP to a non-.psu.edu domain may not be protected.
  • Access Penn State resources restricted to a Penn State-only IP address.

 

Getting Started: 

You can find out more about Penn State VPN's and how to install them by visiting the IT Knowledge Base's VPN entry.

More Information: 

Using Penn State VPN on Windows

Using Penn State VPN on Mac

 

This service is part of the Security and Privacy category.

Summary

Availability: 

  • This is an active service

Eligibility: 

  • Any current faculty, staff, or student who requires access to Penn State network-restricted resources outside of the Penn State wireless network range

Requirements: 

Costs: 

  • There is no cost to users for utilizing a VPN

Support: 

  • If you experience issues installing or using a VPN client, please contact the IT Service Desk