Virtual Private Network (VPN) creates a private encrypted connection over the Internet between a single host and Stanford's private network, SUNet. Stanford's VPN service allows any Stanford affiliate with an active SUNet ID to connect to the campus from any available network connection almost anywhere.
Currently, IT Services provides VPN service, including the client software and necessary support, free of charge.
Stanford VPN provides encryption between your computer and the Stanford network, but other security measures, such as proper password use, operating system security patches, firewall settings, up-to-date virus scanners, and the like are still required. Do not send your passwords or other confidential information as you would over a secure network. Logging in to an HTTPS destination is OK.
Use Stanford VPN to connect to the Stanford network when using a wireless network or are connecting from outside the Stanford network. If you are using a wired computer and are on the Stanford network, it is generally sufficient to use encrypted protocols such as SSH, HTTPS, and IMAPS instead of VPN.
For access to library materials, you can use Stanford's full traffic (non-split-tunnel) VPN or the proxy server. There is no need to do both. See the VPN (Virtual Private Network) page for more information about how to set up VPN for your computer. You can find proxy setup instructions on the libraries' Off-Campus Access page.
If you encounter problems or need assistance, please submit a HelpSU request.