What is VPN?
Virtual Private Networking (VPN) facilitates secure remote computing by providing access to the GSD network which would otherwise be shielded by our firewall. With an active VPN connection you can run software that is network licensed and you can access file repositories that would normally be inaccessible, e.g. GSDServer.  Note: the VPN service is not an Internet Connection, it creates a secure connection to the University network using your existing Internet connection.

Harvard's VPN Service is automatically activated for all GSD Students and will remain active until you are no longer a GSD Student. There is no need to sign-up.  Please contact the Help Desk (617-496-3810) if you require any assistance. The Help Desk is located in L19 in the lower level of the Frances Loeb Library.

VPN Download and Installation Steps:
Open your browser and go to the following URL:  https://vpn.harvard.edu

At the login screen you will be prompted to authenticate.  Enter your VPN Credentials (HarvardKey credentials and your two-step verification).  Press ‘Continue’ to accept the terms.

Follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the software.

After the installation, you may launch Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client from your Start menu (Windows) or Applications folder if you are on OSX

Once launched, make sure “vpn.harvard.edu” is entered in the ‘Connect’ dialog box.  Next, you will be prompted for your HarvardKey in conjunction with two-step verification.

If you have the Duo two-factor authentication app installed on your smartphone, you can leave the Two-Step Verification Code prompt blank, and it will send a push notification to your device.

If you do not have the Duo app installed, you can type either ‘phone' to receive a phone call prompt or ‘sms' to receive a confirmation code by text message.

For more information about the University's VPN service, visit their IT Help knowledge base article