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Virtual Private Network

A virtual private network (VPN) is a secure method of accessing University computing resources when you are logged in from an off–campus computer or a laptop you are using to access the Wireless Network. The VPN creates a secure connection called a tunnel between your computer and the campus network. The tunnel disguises the information you are sending and receiving, so your electronic communications are secure and protected.

Why Should I Use VPN?

Enhanced security and privacy are the two main reasons to use VPN. You also have an ability to access University resources such as information on your network drives. This provides you with a safe way of accessing your applications and files as though you are working on the computer in your workstation.

How Do I Get VPN?

Students, faculty, staff (and other approved users) with a CSUN user ID and password can download VPN to their computers. The VPN software is available for no additional cost and downloading only takes about five minutes.


For answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the VPN, locate the Remote Access & VPN section on the IT FAQs.

Need Help?

Contact the IT Help Center by phone (818-677-1400), online (http://techsupport.csun.edu) or in person (Oviatt Library, room 33).