Tufts VPN: Virtual Private Network

What is a VPN?

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a service that allows you to make a secure remote access connection to an organization’s network. Connecting to the Tufts VPN is done through Cisco’s AnyConnect Secure Client application on computers and mobile devices. For an overview, watch Tufts VPN video.

Secure Client application window

When and Why to Use the VPN?

When you are not at one of the Tufts University campuses and using a local Tufts Wi-Fi network, some online tools and services available to Tufts affiliates will not be accessible unless you do so through the VPN. This includes Tufts network drives (P:, Q:, and R:) and certain restricted Web pages.

Unlike public Wi-Fi, the VPN establishes a secure connection that keeps your activity and Tufts data private. While connected, all of your data traffic will go over the VPN, which creates adherence to all Tufts Acceptable Use Policies.

Completion of two-factor authentication (2FA) is now mandatory when accessing the Tufts VPN. This applies to logging in through the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Client desktop app and mobile apps. Tufts uses Duo Security’s Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) to keep your data safe by providing a second level of verification when you log in to certain Tufts websites and online services. To manage your 2FA settings, see the Tufts 2FA User Guide.