To start using UNBC's VPN service, please install the Palo Alto GlobalProtect client software prior to connecting. Installation instructions by operating system are also listed below. The download site can be accessed using your UNBC credentials.
How to connect after install is completed
Open the GlobalProtect client and connect. UNBC Login information requires only username and password.
What is a VPN and why you would want to use it?
A virtual private network (VPN) extends the UNBC network through the Internet enabling users to access UNBC resources as if they are connected locally to the campus network. Furthermore, VPN traffic is encrypted between remote computers and the campus network in order to keep the data travelling through it private and secure.
Computers using the UNBC VPN system have all of the benefits of locally connected computers, including access to resources such as shared drives (H: and G: drive) which are normally unavailable for access from off campus.
Another benefit to using the VPN system is that it can be used to secure a local network connection keeping those around you from being able to access your network traffic. This is especially useful in places where one must use a non-encrypted wireless network such as in a cafe or airport. On a non-encrypted wireless network, it is easy for people to intercept your network traffic. The UNBC VPN service provides protection in such circumstances as well.
Using the UNBC VPN system from such locations encrypts your data all the way to the UNBC network.