VPN Frequently Asked Questions

Technology Spotlight: Virtual Private Network

What is VPN?

Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a service that allows you to connect to the University's network when you are not on campus. The University's VPN uses encryption technologies that enable data to be transmitted securely. There are certain applications managed by the University that are limited to the University's network and require a VPN connection for access. 

When should you use the University VPN? 

You should use VPN: 

Note: VPN should only be used when resources cannot be accessed by other means. VPN is not needed for web-based UMN resources and services, such as:

  • umn.edu web pages
  • University Gmail
  • Canvas
  • MyU
  • G Suite and Office 365
  • Drupal
  • Salesforce Marketing Cloud 
  • and more

How do I set up VPN?

Visit the VPN Downloads & Guides page to review instructions and downloads. 

Note: Most University-owned computers will have Cisco VPN installed by default before they are provided to staff, so users should check the installed programs on their devices for the Cisco icon before downloading the application. 

Cisco icon 

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