Without encryption, anyone can intercept private information such as usernames, passwords, and email messages. VPN encrypts your data and provides security when sending data to the campus network. We recommend that all students, faculty, and staff use VPN when connecting to the UBC network off-campus, and when using non-secure wireless. Note that althought the UBC VPN service provides a secure communications channel from your computer all the way back to the campus network, data sent once it leaves the VPN server is insecure from the campus network to its final destination (unless you are using a other layers of security like a secure website).
You can use the VPN when you connect from wireless networks at coffee shops, airports, conference areas, or at home. UBC VPN supports SSL and IPSec.
It isn't always necessary to connect to the VPN when on campus - but we recommend it whenever you use a non-secure wireless network. VPN also allows you to access some UBC services from off-campus, such as the Management Systems Portal.
Who Can Use This
Anyone with a Campus-Wide Login account can use the VPN service (UBC students, faculty and staff).
Before you can access VPN, you must obtain a CWL account. CWL accounts are available to registered UBC students, staff and faculty. If none of these affiliations reflect your status with the university and you need VPN access, you can obtain a CWL guest account if you are sponsored by a staff member or faculty.
Once you have your CWL account, you can configure your computer for the appropriate VPN service. Check the myVPN page for help.
VPN access is free.