Virtual Private Networks (VPN) at UCSD

Learn about UCSD's expanded virtual private network (VPN) service, which lets you create protected connections to UCSD's network from remote locations.

The UCSD VPN creates a virtual private connection over public networks using encryption and other security checks to help protect against computer data transmission interception. It also helps ensure only authorized users can access campus networks. With VPN, network computing traffic between your remote machine (off-campus or wireless) and campus passes over a single, encrypted connection, and your remote machine has a UCSD IP address.

VPN Services

  • AnyConnect - Cisco software VPN client which offers the maximum capabilities and performance.

  • EasyConnect - web-based VPN portal at https://vpn.ucsd.edu, which allows secure access to many campus services, electronic library resources, and remote desktop computing without requiring the installation of a software client.

Benefits of VPN

  • Your remote machine appears as though it's physically at UCSD (with a UCSD IP address).

  • You don't need to use Web proxy to access campus-restricted materials.

  • Your communications with UCSD are encrypted/secured.

  • This helps protect passwords and reduces the risk of exposing sensitive data.

  • You can access on-campus services that are not allowed outside or through the campus border

Connect to UCSD's VPN using one of these options:

"VPN before logon" on Windows machines:

For Windows laptops, some things like mounted drives don't always work as well when you're connected via the VPN since you're not connected until after you've finished logging on. To help make this process smoother, we've enabled Cisco's "VPN before logon" on our newer machines.