A virtual private network, or VPN, allows a user to create an encrypted connection between a computer workstation and a VPN server, to ensure that all the traffic between these two points is encrypted and secure.
The university uses a VPN server to give users the ability to access network shares and university systems from off-campus locations.
To use the VPN, a user must have a valid UMassD Logon.
How to set up VPN software
To use VPN, you must download the client software for your computer. For university-owned Windows computers, and all macOS computers, visit the link below, and click the download link for Check Point Endpoint Security VPN for macOS or Windows:
Then open the instructions for your operating system, and follow the procedure in the order described:
- VPN Installation and Use Guide for macOS
- VPN Install Guide for University Windows Computers
- VPN Client Use Guide for Windows
For personally-owned Windows computers, download and configure the Check Point Capsule VPN client software using these instructions:
- Capsule VPN Installation & Use Guide for Windows 10
- Capsule VPN Installation & Use Guide for Windows 11
To access specific secure university systems, including Document Imaging and ADVANCE, use the Single Tunnel client.
For questions or help with VPN, visit IT Service Centers & Hours.