Virtual Private Network
A virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network, such as the Internet. It enables a computer or network-enabled device to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if it were directly connected to the private network, while benefiting from the functionality, security and management policies of the private network. A VPN is created by establishing a virtual point-to-point connection through the use of dedicated connections, virtual tunneling protocols, or traffic encryption. Major implementations of VPNs include OpenVPN and IPsec.
When off campus, VPN can be used to access network resources typically available only on campus. iMedia students may find themselves in a situation where they need access to the quicksilver server or other Elon digital services while off campus. In order to do this, especially for Quicksilver, a VPN is needed.
In most situations, a VPN client software is used to make the connection. Mac computers have the ability to set up a VPN connection with it's built in network tools.
The Elon University's main Technology Wiki provides good instruction on how to set up and use Elon's VPN.