A VPN (virtual private network) is a technology solution that allows you to securely connect to university based resources which wouldn't regularly be available from the internet. This connection to the university network is encrypted, and allows you to connect to campus resources “like you were on the campus network”. Using the VPN, you can access items such as windows file shares, restricted internal websites, and restricted internal applications from either your UMass Lowell-owned device or personal device, using the public internet.
When do I need VPN?
If you already have access to an application or website through secure http (https), then chances are you DO NOT need a VPN connection.
Some examples when a VPN connection IS NOT REQUIRED from off campus:
If you connect to systems or services only available internally to the UMass Lowell network, then you need a VPN connection.
Some examples when a VPN connection IS REQUIRED from off campus:
First Time Users
For Windows-based computers:
For Apple macOS-based computers:
For Linux-based computers:
For Mobile Devices and tablets: