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VPN: Complete Guide to VPN
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and its purpose is to provide additional digital security. Rice's VPN system allows secure transportation of data between the university network and a remote computer connected to the Internet outside of Rice. For security reasons, many Rice resources can only be accessed from the Rice network– either from an on-campus location or using VPN.
You need to download the necessary software, AnyConnect VPN, for your computer (also called client). See the next section for links to download the software, which will require you to use the Duo authentication service. If you have not set up Duo previously, see the section below, Duo Authentication.
Before you download the software, you must agree to certain conditions for using Rice's VPN software, including:
- you acknowledge that the software and your account are for your personal use only and may not be used by any other person or entity anywhere in the world for any purpose
- you will not give anyone access to the VPN software or your account in order to access the Rice University network.
- that taking your computer with installed VPN software outside of the United States is viewed by the U.S. government as an export of the VPN software and may require prior government authorization for several specific countries (for example Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria). Email firstname.lastname@example.org at the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research Compliance for more information.
Use the links (campus login required) below to access information about how to install and use the VPN software for specific devices:
To get started with Duo, read All About Duo. This document will explain how to use Duo for managing and enrolling devices as well as using the authentication service while traveling.
If you need assistance setting-up VPN or Duo, contact the OIT Help Desk.