Benefits of Using the Remote Access Service (VPN)

Last year, Information Services introduced a “Virtual Private Network” (VPN) which provides end-to-end secure access between a remote computer and on-campus computing resources. From home or another location, you are able access your desktop or servers that are on-campus. All faculty and staff at Northeastern may use the Remote Access Service (VPN).

Some of the benefits of NU’s VPN service are:

  1. Northeastern (NUnet) imaged PC’s and laptops can now have access off campus or at home to the software installed on the computer that requires network connectivity.  Simply log on to the VPN and software will work.
  2. Northeastern owned Mac computers can install Adobe products from “MacApps” a secure file-share, using a “KeyServer” client.   The purpose of using KeyServer is to enable the concurrent or shared use of Adobe products on NUnet.  Using the VPN will enable use/access of these products remotely.
  3. Access to shared documents stored on your department’s “Q” drive is also available.  See the information about How to access the Q drive using the VPN.
  4. Each member of the Northeastern community is responsible for protecting sensitive university information and, particularly, the personal information of themselves and others.  The VPN uses encryption and other security means to secure data (even when using when using public lines) reducing this risk significantly.

You will need to confirm you have the correct system requirements on the computer you plan to use and you will need your NUnet login and password to log on.

For additional information, please see the following pages:

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