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What is VPN?

VPN diagram

VPN, or virtual private network, is used to establish a secure internet connection between remote computers and a workplace private network across the public internet. When installed on a computer VPN software, known as the VPN client, communicates with a VPN server to establish a secure connection between the external computer and an internal network. A VPN connection builds a secure, digital tunnel around your internet traffic via encryption encapsulation ensuring no one can eavesdrop and view your internet communications. Properly configured VPN ensures the privacy and security of your internet traffic back to a private network. Your computer’s web communications are securely guarded as data travels to and from your computer to the VPN server.

When to use it?

Staff or faculty members should use VPN:

  • When connecting remotely to Tulane’s network for accessing internal, protected files or systems that may be restricted from public access.
  • To ensure your internet communications are secure against eavesdropping when working with resources stored at your office while traveling or accessing resources only available on Tulane’s network.
  • When connecting to an unsecure or untrusted Wi-Fi access point.

VPN is especially valuable when using unsecure internet gateways like airport or coffee shop Wi-Fi hot spots. With these types of public networks, advanced users can capture and analyze your web traffic. These users will be prevented from viewing your data if you are using a VPN connection. Keep prying eyes off your data by using Tulane’s VPN client while traveling or working remotely.

How to Get the VPN Client

Faculty and staff can install Tulane’s VPN client by visiting and logging in with your Tulane email credentials. Follow the instructions, and you’ll be prompted to install the Pulse Secure client. Your internet and web-browser traffic will be routed securely to Tulane’s network once you initiate the VPN connection with the installed VPN client. The VPN connection adds enhanced computer communication security while on the road or when away from the office.

Please contact the Technical Support and Network Operations Center (TSNOC) if you have any issues installing or using the VPN client. The NOC is available at (504) 988-8888 or

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 16:09