ACCC has installed a VPN gateway for use of UIC faculty, staff and students that need secure access to resources at UIC over a non-UIC Internet connection.
Previously, the ACCC distributed the Cisco VPN client; the new VPN gateway uses the OpenVPN VPN client, which is distributed through the ACCC Gateway Web site:
OpenVPN and the new VPN gateway work better than the old gateway and the Cisco clients did.What does the VPN gateway do for me?
While connected to the VPN gateway, the client software works with the operating system to determine when you are accessing an Internet location that the client should protect. When you are accessing such a location, the VPN client encrypts the data and sends it to ACCC's VPN gateway. As your information is flowing across the Internet to reach UIC, it is securely encrypted and is only decrypted once it reaches the VPN gateway.
For example, if you are at home and have started the VPN client to connect to the gateway (this is technically referred to as a tunnel) and use your Web browser to visit www.uic.edu, the portions of the connection that are encrypted are:
The web browser request from the VPN gateway to www.uic.edu and the reply from www.uic.edu to the VPN gateway would not be encrypted.What use does this have?
To use the VPN gateway, you must download and install the OpenVPN Client and your configuration file. There are links on the Web site to instalerl packages and also instructions on how to install and use OpenVPN for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
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