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VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and is a way of ensuring that data is secure when it is being transmitted (e.g. your password, personal details, and/or other information). It cannot be intercepted and used by someone else.
All staff and students should use VPN when they want to access the Deakin network from an off-campus location.
VPN should be activated after establishing your internet connection with your Internet Service Provider (ISP) in the usual way.
There are no additional charges relating to using VPN itself however you still incur your normal ISP connection costs.
Once Deakin VPN is activated, any internet access is registered through the Deakin Internet Usage System while you are connected via Deakin VPN.
We recommend that you only access the Deakin website while connected via Deakin's VPN, so as to avoid being charged twice for internet activity - by Deakin and your ISP at the same time.
VPN can be used on campus (when using the wireless network) and from anywhere in Australia or overseas. It should be used while accessing Deakin through your ISP.
You can disconnect from Deakin's VPN server when you have completed your work with Deakin without losing your internet connection itself - all internet access then reverts back through your ISP.
You may not be able to reach some web sites while Deakin VPN is activated - once you have disconnected from Deakin's VPN, you will be able to reach all the sites you usually go to.