A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is technology that is used to secure transmissions that travel across the open Internet.
The Internet is an insecure environment that can allow sensitive information to be intercepted. Data, passwords, and confidential information that is transmitted via the commodity Internet can be secured — via encryption technology — with a VPN “tunnel.” The encrypted tunnel protects the data transmitted within from being intercepted and decoded by another party.
While connected through an Internet Service Provider (ISP) — with a cable or DSL modem, or wirelessly at a “hotspot” — an encrypted VPN tunnel will allow you to securely communicate with the RIT network. With our VPN service, your traffic is encrypted between RIT and your computer at home or another remote location.
RIT’s VPN service is not intended for on-campus use — especially on our wireless network, which now supports its own strong encryption. Our VPN service also cannot protect traffic once it reaches the RIT network or leaves it for another destination.
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To request desktop support, please contact the ITS Service Desk via
- Phone - (585) 475-HELP
- TTY - (585) 475-2810
- E-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
- In person - Gannett Building, Room 7B-1113