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 (BC sign-in required).
Note: You are only allowed to login to VPN using one computer at a time.