Access to internal resources via VPN
Secure VPN connection to the university network
A VPN (virtual private network) connection provides encrypted, secure and authenticated access to the university network from remote locations (e.g. from your home). When your computer is connected via VPN, it is "virtually" integrated into the university network. You are assigned a network address from the university's address range.
A VPN allows you to work from anywhere as though your computer were directly plugged into the university network on site. It doesn't matter whether you are at university, at home or in a hotel room in Tokyo.
This connection can be made via a special program (VPN client). These connections are also called VPN tunnels, as any network traffic from your computer is first sent to the VPN gateway, as though it were traveling through a tunnel, before being sent on to its actual destination.
Once you have set up a connection, you can use all the services limited to users with a university address (e.g. access to libraries, journals etc. behind paywalls). You can also access your institute's shared resources.