Work anywhere at your own virtual University

Update 20.09.18 – information on the web proxy recently disappeared from MyPort.  The links in this article have been updated to point to the newer MyPort article on the VPN and a blog post explaining how to set up the web proxy for the Chrome browser.  Please get in touch if you have any questions.

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Setting up a virtual private network (VPN)

You can enjoy the online campus learning experience and to make use of the safe storage and facilities of the University computer network from anywhere by downloading a small software program and running it to set up a Virtual Private Network on your home computer.  The VPN allows you to access resources as if you are on campus, and can be easily turned on and off.  Information Services have produced a step-by-step guide to setting up the VPN.

The Web Proxy Service

There is a second service that performs a similar function: the Web Proxy Service (originally called “Webcache”).   The Web Proxy Service involves a simple, reversible, one-time change to the settings of one web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Edge/Internet Explorer) on your computer.  That browser will then ask you to sign in once each time you open it but will give you access to resources as if you were on campus, meaning you can access everything and sign into individual resources far less often.

Click here for step-by-step instructions on setting up the web proxy service for Chrome.

VPN or Web Proxy?

The VPN gives you access to more services and so is the solution preferred by Information Services, the Web Proxy Service might be more suitable for you if you:

  • are unwilling or unable to install the VPN software onto your computer*
  • can only alter your browser settings*
  • only need access to electronic information resources and not software services or shared network drives
  • find you cannot access some electronic resources via the VPN (please let us know if you find anything that will not let you in!)

* Often the case if you have to use a workplace computer network.

Want to talk?

If you would like to discuss the options further, are uncertain which solution is best for you or would like to be walked through the set-up procedure over the phone or online chat, please get in touch and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help.

Assistant Librarian (Promotions) at the University Library. An enthusiastic advocate of libraries, diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice for all, inside and outside the workplace.

2 comments on “Work anywhere at your own virtual University
    • Hi Robert,

      I’m sorry that the links in this post have become broken, and for the delay in my response – you happened to leave your comment at one of the busiest times of our working year!

      The MyPort article to which this post originally pointed has unexpectedly been taken down, resulting in the broken link. I have now relinked all the older posts to a new blog post explaining how the web proxy can be set up for the Chrome browser, and pointing to the new MyPort article on setting up the VPN for different computer systems.

      Once again, I am sorry for the inconvenience. If you have any other problems or concerns, please get in touch and my colleagues and I will be happy to help.


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