What Is a Virtual Private Network?

February 06, 2018

The George Washington University’s virtual private network (VPN) allows remote access to many university systems and resources whether you're located on campus or miles away. It does this by creating a "virtual" encrypted channel from your remote location back to GW's network.


Here are the benefits installing GW’s VPN:

  • Offers a seamless connection through an encrypted tunnel. The VPN service allows you to access campus resources seamlessly, but with an additional layer of protection.

  • Protects your data. Passwords alone aren’t good enough anymore when it comes to protecting your personal information, and our systems and networks. Two-step authentication and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) helps protect your information with more than a password.

  • Provides an additional layer of security and privacy when traveling. It's hard to know whether a Wi-Fi network is trustworthy, so make sure you always use a VPN when connecting mobile devices or laptops in hotels, airports, or coffee shops.

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