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What is VPN?

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows users to access networks and services over a secure connection.

Unless you take steps to secure your network, private data—such as usernames, passwords, and email messages—can be intercepted by malicious users. The VPN client encrypts any traffic between your computer and UVic's VPN servers to safeguard your communication to UVic.

For security reasons, all faculty, students, and staff are encouraged to use a VPN client when connecting to UVic services (such as file servers and network printers) over the Internet.

Use VPN to connect to the UVic network:

  • when off campus
  • when using an insecure Internet connection on campus
  • when using a wireless Internet connection on campus


Cisco Anyconnect VPN Client - Supported Operating Systems

  • Microsoft-supported versions of Windows 10 for ARM64-based PCs
  • Windows 8, 8.1 and current Microsoft-supported Windows 10 x86 (32-bit) and X64 (64-bit)
  • MacOS 11.x, 10.15, 10.14 (only 64-bit is supported)
  • Linux Red Hat 8.2, 7.6 & Ubuntu 20.04 (LTS), 18.04 (LTS), and 16.04 (LTS) (only 64-bit is supported, all versions)
  • iOS: iPhone and iPad, iOS 10.0 or later
  • Android: version 4.0 and up