Remote Access

Remote Access

Remote Access allows users to access campus computing and information resources when not connected directly to the UMass Lowell network.

For the most secure connection, IT Services recommends the use of our Virtual Private Network (VPN) service. You can use VPN to connect to your departmental file shares, administer servers or your desktop computer.

How your files are protected?

UMass Lowell's Virtual Private Network (VPN) utilizes a SSL connection that creates a "tunnel" between your computer and the campus network. This tunnel encrypts your transmissions to UMass Lowell to make it very secure. Using VPN also identifies you as a member of the campus community when you are not connected directly to the campus network, allowing you access to restricted networked resources.

A VPN connection gives you: 

  • Access to restricted resources—including departmental servers, file shares, intranet-based applications—when you are away from campus.
  • Protection of data sent across the Internet through VPN encryption, including sensitive information such as login name and password.

How to access a VPN:

  • You must have a valid UMass Lowell email account and password to successfully login and authenticate to use VPN services.
  • Navigate to and enter your full email address and password.