VPN – Virtual Private Network

Supported with Harvard VPN

Available Harvard-wide, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) creates a secure connection between devices and University resources by creating an “encrypted tunnel” for the data communication. Many University resources require a VPN connection except when connected via the wired network.

Key features and benefits

  • Permits secure access to certain University resources when connecting from off-campus or via the wireless network.
  • VPN is one of the reliable and resilient Advanced Network Services.
  • The client software is updated automatically.


Available to

Service cost

Core Service - Provided at no cost

VPN accounts are free.

How to get started

Note that everyone with an Active HUID (Harvard University ID) across the University automatically has access to Harvard VPN. Most of Harvard resources are accessible through the default tunnel (GENCOM).

To request access to a specific VPN tunnel, please contact the helpdesk helpdesk@hsph.harvard.edu

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