About UK's Virtual Private Network (VPN)

What is it?

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) uses advanced encryption and tunneling to create a private connection to the UK Network from any other point on the internet. This enables users to transmit data between remote computers and UK systems securely. Using a VPN also provides a remote computer with a UK IP address, allowing users to access protected computer systems within the UK Network firewall, such as a desktop office computer or secure campus server, just as if they were physically on UK's campus.

How can I use it?

Connecting to the UK VPN is required to access a number of UK systems from office campus, including UK Library databases, personal office computers, and some UK servers.

VPN can also provide a secure tunnel for transmitting data from potentially insecure wireless access points, such as airports, coffee shops, and other open public networks. Using it helps protect sensitive personal information, such as email, credit card numbers, passwords, and instant messages, from interception during transmission.

Who can use it?

Anyone with an active link blue userID and password can connect to the VPN.

Where is it?

Windows, Linux, and Macintosh OS X 10.4 and 10.5 users can download the Cisco VPN client from the UK download server.

Macintosh OS X 10.6 and 10.7 and iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod) users can configure VPN connections directly on their devices.

Costs

None.

Getting Help

For technical support, call the UKIT Service Desk at 218-HELP (4357) or email helpdesk@uky.edu.

Technical Requirements

A device running one of the following operating systems:

  • Macintosh OS X 10.4 - 10.9
  • Windows Vista or 7
  • Linux 32-bit or biarch x86_64 (not pure 64-bit systems)
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