How to securely connect to the UW Network

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  • Last updated January 26, 2016

Use the following FREE resources to help you protect your data while on the UW network.

Stay virus-free


Use Symantec Endpoint Protection (Antivirus) to protect against and remove existing viruses and malware.

Safeguard valuable information


Find it. Delete it. Protect it. Use Identity Finder to locate and protect your restricted data.

Fix weak spots


Use Secunia PSI to quickly identify out-of-date programs and find updates (Windows machines only).

Protect yourself on open networks with VPN


VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and enables you to send and receive data across public networks securely.

VPN is also needed to access restricted campus resources when you are using a remote connection such as private DSL or Cable Modem service, a hotel or airport connection, etc. VPN service is free. You will need to download a client (Windows and Macintosh versions available) and install it. More about VPN. Login with your UW NetID.

DoIT also offers a variety of remote connection methods for workgroups and departments including a LAN-to-LAN VPN and a Dedicated Circuits service. If you have questions about group remote access, contact the Help Desk at (608) 264-HELP or visit us online.

See this link for more security tips. Additional questions? Contact the Cybersecurity office.