VPN stands for "virtual private network." It is a secure way to gain access to UMass Boston resources that are usually only available on campus. (See below for a list of important resources that do NOT require VPN.)

Important: The security of a VPN connection is useless if the computer you are using it on is not secure! Make sure your computer is free of any malware and is running up-to-date security patches and anti-virus software. Visit Scan My PC to check your operating system and browser, and to see some safe computing tips.

See Working from Home for more information, including security precautions you must take to use VPN.

The UMass Boston VPN service is available to any UMB employee and is strictly for university-related business. Basic VPN access allows use of library databases and some servers. For extended privileges, including file shares and remote access to your office computer, contact the IT Service Desk.

Installation and use

VPN user manuals are available for:


Windows 7

Windows 8

Windows 10

VPN software is available for:


Windows 7/8/10

Resources that do not require VPN

Questions about VPN

Call the IT Service Desk at 7-5220 or email ITServiceDesk@umb.edu to find out if you need VPN

VPN form

Download and complete the form. Once signed please drop it off at the IT Service Desk located on the 3rd floor of the library.
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