VPNs provide a secure and safe connection to key campus resources when you are not on campus, such as when you are at home or are travelling.
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and it 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.
Using VPN allows for a secure connection to specific campus resources to ensure that data stays safe.
You should use VPN when:
- You access McMaster University 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 University 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.