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Note: Information contained in archived ITSS newsletter articles was current at the time of publication, but may not reflect the present state of technology or ITSS.

April 2003

Virtual Private Network Server Available April 15

On April 15, ITSS will make a new VPN server available to the campus. VPN lets you make a secure connection to a University computer from an off-campus, non-UMD connection (for example, cable or DSL modem). When you use UMD's VPN service, it makes your computer appear as though it is directly attached to UMDNet, and provides the same security and access to restricted resources that you have while on campus.

Who should use VPN?

You should use VPN if both of the following are true:

  • You are connecting to the University through the UMDNet wireless network or through a non-UMD ISP, such as cable modem or DSL.
  • You will be transmitting sensitive data, such as passwords, credit card information, social security numbers or any confidential information; OR, you need to access restricted resources at the University, such as Library journals or restricted systems.

You do not need to use VPN:

  • If you connect to the Internet through the UMD modem pool (this connection provides secure access to all UMD resources).
  • If you use IMP Webmail (IMP Webmail uses SSH and protects your password; Mulberry, Eudora, Outlook and other clients do not protect your password).
  • If you are just browsing the web.

What OS's are supported on the new VPN server?

UMD's new VPN server (a Cisco 3000) supports Windows, Mac OS X, Solaris, and Linux clients. If you are running Mac OS8/9.x, you will need to use the University of Minnesota's Cisco 5000 VPN server.

How do I use VPN?

Complete instructions will be available at the new VPN web site beginning April 15.

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