Connecting to the BC Network Using Virtual Private Networking (VPN)
About VPN and access to certain BC services
You may want to use a VPN connection for the following reasons:
- To access specific computers or servers behind BC's firewall. The firewall is a security measure that prevents anyone that does not have a BC IP address from accessing certain things on BC's network.
- To access confidential BC information from home that should be encrypted (scrambled) while traveling on the Internet.
- To access your campus computer through file sharing.
Note: VPN is not needed to access your BC email; you should use your BC email client for this. A VPN connection is also not needed for standard use of the Internet and web; this can be done through your ISP alone.
- To use IRC (used for "mIRC," "Chatzilla," "xChat," etc.) from on-campus.
- To use iChat from your residence hall.
Configuring a VPN connection to the BC network
Important: When you connect to the BC network via VPN, you are agreeing to the University Technological and Information Resources policy, even if you are using a personally owned computer. Failure to follow the policies, including keeping your computer's virus protection up to date, may result in loss of VPN or other network privileges.
Learn how to configure a VPN (Virtual Private Networking) connection to the BC network using:
- Mobile Devices
- Mac OS X (Snow Leopard, Leopard, Tiger & Panther)
- Windows 7 and Vista (When are Windows "Home" versions not recommended at BC?)
- Windows XP Professional
- Why can't I use Windows Me or Windows 98 at BC?
Note: You are only allowed to login to VPN using one computer at a time.