Virtual Private Network (VPN)
A virtual private network (VPN) creates a secure connection to NU networks. You may be required to use a VPN in order to access certain computer systems for work or class. Once you connect through the VPN, you will be able to access your campus resources at Kearney, Lincoln, and Omaha remotely in the same manner as if your device was physically on campus.
VPNs typically require remote users of the network to be authenticated, and often secure data with encryption technologies to prevent disclosure of private information to unauthorized parties. VPNs may serve any network functionality that is found on any network, such as sharing of data and access to network resources, printers, databases, websites, etc.
A VPN user typically experiences the central network in a manner that is identical to being connected directly to the central network. VPN technology via the public Internet has replaced the need to requisition and maintain expensive dedicated leased-line telecommunication circuits once typical in wide-area network installations.
UNL Information Technology Services recommends and supports Cisco's AnyConnect Secure Mobility VPN. It is a VPN client that can be installed and launched from a web browser, and it works on a wide variety of operating systems and hardware configurations. The Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility VPN client and service will work under current UNL-supported Mac and Windows versions. Some selected linux versions also work with the VPN.
Enrolling in TrueYou Duo
Before you connect to the NU VPN, you must be enrolled in TrueYou Duo. Duo provides two-factor authentication, which is a second layer of security to your online accounts. Verifying your identity using a second factor (like your phone or other mobile device) prevents anyone but you from logging in, even if they know your password.
To register with TrueYou Duo use these instructions or visit the Duo support page for videos and additional help topics.
How does the new VPN work?VPN allows you to connect to UNL's network as if you were on campus, making access to restricted services possible.
Encrypts all internet traffic from your computer but may inadvertently block you from using resources on your local network, such as a networked printer at home. Requires two-factor authentication to confirm your identity.