Since the beginning of this year, UC San Diego has been the target of repeated acts of violence and vandalism. Over the course of the year there has been an attempt to force the school to change its location and become a private school, an occupation by a group of anarchists, a shooting on the UC San Diego campus and, most recently, Molotov cocktails being thrown at vehicles and a residence building.
While the campus police continue to increase their presence, providing extra security and patrols, the university is looking for ways to protect the students, faculty and staff of their community. One option is the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Unrestricted Consolidated Student Directory (UCSD VPN) program. In this article, we will discuss how to authorize and configure your school’s UCSD VPN so that you can access the resources and networks available to you on campus.
UCSD VPN: What Is It And Why Do I Need It?
First developed by the U.S. Department of Defense in 2009, the UCSD VPN program allows students, faculty and staff of the UCSD community to work securely and privately while on or off campus, and provides much more than just a secure connection to the internet. In addition to allowing users to work remotely, the UCSD VPN allows for the creation of “private networks” that allow for the secure exchange of data and voice conversations between users. Finally, the UCSD VPN can be used to access restricted networks that might otherwise be difficult to get into, such as external networks at a vendor’s site or the internal network at another school.
The ability to work remotely and privately is becoming more and more important as workers are finding ways to be flexible, change locations frequently and avoid getting stuck in commuting traffic. In fact, 40% of American workers said they would consider working from a different location as part of a job offer. Additionally, over 26 million American students are currently learning online via e-learning platforms. With so many students working remotely, the need for a safe and private space to collaborate and communicate has increased – and the importance of the UCSD VPN for campus users has thus risen.
What makes the UCSD VPN so special is that it is a completely free service offered by the school to its faculty, staff and students. All you need to do is sign up for a free account with Google, linked to the email address you use most frequently on campus. As the account is linked to your campus email, all of your communications with the university will be publicly available, but that is something you need to consider choosing a free Google account.
UCSD VPN: Steps To Sign Up For And Configure Your Account
To get started with the UCSD VPN, you will need to click on the “Create account” button at the top right of the screen. You will then be presented with the option to create a new account or login to an existing one. If you already have a Google account, you can click “Login” and you will be automatically logged into your account.
As mentioned above, to use the service you must have a Google account. If you are not already logged into your Google account, you will be presented with a login screen where you can choose an identity by clicking the “Sign up for Google” button. Once you have signed up for Google, you can then click the “Login” button in the top right corner to gain access to your UCSD VPN.
To set up your account you will need to provide your school’s name, a brief description of your network (such as “College Lab Network”), your institution’s website, the name of the person who will be administering your account, a desired username and password.
You can then click the “Create account” button to confirm your school’s participation in the UCSD VPN program. Keep in mind that once your account is set up, you will not be able to change the information provided unless you delete your account and create a new one. Therefore, make sure everything is correct before clicking “Create account”.
UCSD VPN: Resources On The Server
Once your account is created, you will be presented with a screen displaying the various resources available to you, including a link to the school’s help documentation. At the time of this article’s publication, the UCSD VPN server was still under construction, but information about the resources available can be found on the school’s website.
From the server’s homepage, click on the “Help” tab at the top to access the Help Center, which contains a list of frequently asked questions, as well as a guide to creating a private network.
For more information about what resources are available on the server, click on the “Resources” tab.
The “Resources” tab will then display a list of all the tools available for use, along with a description of their purpose. Each tool can be used to perform a specific task, such as allowing users to work remotely via virtual private network connections or to access databases or printers remotely.
For those unfamiliar, a VPN server is a remote network access service that provides users with secure connections to private networks, allowing them to work remotely or securely while on the internet. As the server is not owned or operated by the school, it is not subject to the same restrictions imposed by the University of California, San Diego. Since it is not campus-owned or operated, you may find that certain services are not available on the server, such as the school’s email system or certain databases.
UCSD VPN: Connecting To The Server
To connect to the remote network access service, simply enter the IP address of the server (which will be displayed in large, clear text next to the button allowing you to connect) into your browser’s address bar. Make sure that your computer’s DNS settings are forwarded to the IP address of the server – if not, you will need to manually input the IP address into your browser.
If you entered the right IP address and the connection is unsuccessful, double-check your settings and try again.
If you are still unable to connect, contact the network administrator of the UCSD server to get assistance in creating a connection.
UCSD VPN: Using The Service
Once you are logged in, you will see the various tools available for use, along with a quick tutorial on how to use each one. To connect to a VPN server, click on the “Services” tab. Then, click on the “+” icon to add a new service, or click on the “Connect to Server…” button to connect to an existing server.
From the “Services” screen, you can then click on the “Virtual Private Network” (VPN) link to be taken to the platform’s settings, where you can choose a location, create a new password and adjust the encryption setting to prefer the security of Open vpn, a free and open source VPN protocol. Additionally, you can enable two-factor authentication to further secure your account and make accessing your resources even more convenient.
To stay connected to the server while working remotely, you can turn on “Keep Connected”, which will save your current connection settings and ensure you remain linked to the server – even when you are on a different network or device.
To collaborate with other users while working remotely, you can turn on “Allow File Sharing” so that your work can be accessed remotely by other users – as long as they have a VPN connection, they will be able to access your work, regardless of whether it is stored on a device or on the cloud.
To print remotely, you can either use the “Print Server”, which is part of Google Cloud Print for Education, or enter the IP address of the server into your browser’s address bar and click on the “Print…” button. If you entered the wrong IP address, click on “Change IP Address” to find the correct one.
UCSD VPN: What About The Data Storage And Computing On The Server?
Data storage and computing on the server are handled by Google Drive for Education. To access the service, you must be logged into your Google account, and your school must have a Google account as well. If you are not currently logged into your Google account, simply click the “Login” button and you will be presented with a login screen where you can choose an identity to use.
Since Drive is an online storage service that allows for both public and private files to be stored, it is important to remember that any data stored on this service is accessible to anyone, which means that security is of the utmost importance.