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Virtual Private Networking - What is it? Why Use it?

Virtual Private Networking (VPN) uses encription and key exchange to provide secure communications over insecure networks.  Typically, VPN is used to connect a remote computer or network back to an organization's primary network where protected resources, like your access to email or shared drives, reside.  When you connect through a field office network, you're automatically connecting through a Virtual Private Network.  However, you can also use VPN on an individual basis to connect to protected resources when you're not on the IASTATE network.


Installing Software

Most software will require that you know your administrator password to install correctly.  You are responsible for your own administrator password.  When your computer ws initially set up (assuming it was set up at EIT), an administrator password was set and included with the paperwork you received with the computer.