About Remote Access (VPN)

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VPN Remote Access

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is used to establish a secure connection over the Internet to access restricted University resources from off campus. Faculty, staff, and students with a current, active relationship with the University can use the VPN to access applications that would otherwise only be available on campus. A VPN connection is required for remote access to select services and resources of the Big Data Lab.

Getting Started

An OpenVPN client needs to be installed on your computer to connect to the Computer Science VPN. The OpenVPN client for Windows can be downloaded from the OpenVPN download page. On Mac OS X, you may use Tunnelblick. On most Linux distributions, OpenVPN can be installed through the distribution’s package management system. For detailed instructions on setting up the VPN client, please refer to the Client Setup Guide.

A client profile is also needed to connect to the Computer Science VPN. To download your client profile, go to the VPN main page and supply your network credentials. Please provide your network id or the username part of your pride email address, without “students" at the beginning or “@pride.hofstra.edu” at the end.