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VPN Frequently Asked Questions
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:
- When you are connecting to the internet on an open or untrusted network connection (e.g. coffee shop WiFi)
- When you need to use University tools that require connection through VPN when off campus, such as connecting to University network drives (files.umn.edu).
- Learn more about the University’s Virtual Private Network and VPN Requirements for UMN Applications.
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
- G Suite and Office 365
- 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.