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Virtual Private Networking

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. The VPN Client software allows you to connect to the McMaster University network from an off-campus computer anywhere on the Internet and appear as though your computer is on campus. It also provides extra security by encrypting data to and from your computer, in effect creating a private tunnel through the Internet for your communication. Once your data reaches the McMaster campus, it is then unencrypted by the VPN server. The service is available to all Staff.

When to use VPN
  • You access McMaster from an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and are concerned about someone eavesdropping on your session.
  • You are transferring sensitive information (passwords, research data, personal information etc.), between your home computer and the University
  • You need access to a McMaster resource from home that might not otherwise be accessible because of a firewall or some other access control.
  • You need a McMaster University IP address to access a resource at the University.

Select the installer appropriate to your operating system or device. AnyConnect for iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch Touch is available from the iTunes App Store. AnyConnect for some Android phones is available from the Android Market.

Note: Cisco AnyConnect VPN is not supported for Linux or Android at this time. The software is available for use, however documentation and support for installing or using the application are not offered by Technology Services.

Step 1: Download Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

  1. Uninstall any previous versions of Cisco VPN.
  2. Select and download the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client for your operating system. Note: To download software, you will be asked for your MAC ID.
  3. Operating SystemSizeUpdatedVersionDownload
    Microsoft Windows 4.3MB 09/11/2013 3.1.04072 Download Button
    MacOS X 10.5 + 9.2MB 26/02/2015 3.1.06079 Download Button
    Mac PowerPC 3.4MB 03/03/2012 2.5.3046 Download Button
    Linux (32 Bit) 7.4MB 09/11/2013 3.1.04072 Download Button
    Linux (64 Bit) 7.4MB 09/11/2013 3.1.04072 Download Button
  4. Windows users should run the downloaded installer. Mac OSX users should run the downloaded disk image file (.dmg) and run the AnyConnect installer.
  5. Follow the onscreen instructions and select the defaults to install.

Step 2: Create a Connection using Windows or Mac.

For more information about versions and other issues, access the VPN FAQ.


Upgrade your MAC ID password today

McMaster is strengthening its password system and all MAC ID passwords established before January 1, 2014 must be changed.

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