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For many reasons members of the University community will need to secure their access to sensitive systems as well and protect themselves when connecting from remote locations while traveling. Virtual Private Networks (VPN) allow a user to route their computer’s internet traffic through a specific network when not immediately connected to it. U of T offers multiples VPN services for different purposes:

  • UTORvpn: a general remote access VPN that protects connections from suspect networks when traveling and allow users to appear as connected to the campus wireless network. UTORvpn is available to Staff, Faculty and select groups of students.
  • AdminVPN: Allows the owners of administrative & academic systems, and department administrators, to enforce strong authentication and secure connections. Access to AdminVPN is limited to those authorized to access systems it protects.
  • Remote Desktop Gateway: Protects Remote Desktop connections between Windows systems. It replaces some of the historical uses of VPN services.

Migration Notice: UTORvpn is undergoing a migration from OpenVPN to Cisco’s ASA VPN. For documentation on the legacy OpenVPN see All users will need to migrate by the end of summer 2019.

Instructional access from Mainland China

In order to provide access to University of Toronto (U of T) online resources for students and others residing in mainland China, U of T has signed a contract with Alibaba for a network service. Chinese companies are required to operate in accordance with China’s cyber security laws and there is an inherent risk of monitoring for individuals in mainland China using any network solution.

Alibaba Cloud Enterprise Network (CEN): This network solution provides a lower latency connection to University of Toronto (U of T) services specifically for students connecting from mainland China. To learn more read the recent announcement, check out the  frequently asked questions and technical documents. Note: Please only use this solution if you are connecting from mainland China.