Technology Support Center
BGSU MyVPN Self Help
Below is information regarding MyVPN at BGSU. There are links to documents and websites to assist you with MyVPN.
BGSU MyVPN is a "portal" technology that allows users to securely access web servers from off-campus through a web browser. The technology being used is called an SSL VPN. It works in a manner similar to the way you access secure websites. With minimal user interaction, an encrypted virtual tunnel is established between your web browser and BGSU MyVPN . Once you successfully log into the VPN, the activity from your web browser travels through the BGSU MyVPN to the web servers on the BGSU network.
BGSU MyVPN Information ...
Frequently Asked Questions for MyVPN ...
- What is the purpose of BGSU MyVPN?
- What is a VPN?
- What do I do if I forget the answers to my Security Questions?
- How do I get an account to access BGSU MyVPN?
- What other options, besides BGSU MyVPN are available to securely access BGSU web resources?
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What is the purpose of BGSU MyVPN?
The purpose BGSU MyVPN is to provide an additional layer of security, using both encryption and extra authentication technology, for faculty and staff at BGSU to access administrative web applications not accessible to the general Internet population.
What is a VPN?
Virtual Private Network (VPN) – a “tunnel” connection created to allow secure communications over public networks. Essentially VPNs encrypt the traffic from your system to the BGSU network allowing you to work remotely without worry of someone intercepting your communications.
What do I do if I forget the answers to my Security Questions?
You will need to contact the Technology Support Center by phone at (419) 372 - 0999.
How do I get an account to access BGSU MyVPN?
To get the process started, complete the BGSU MyVPN Access Request Form. Requests should only be made if you need access to a server or application from off campus that is not accessible from off campus (i.e. FMS or CSS.)
What other options, besides BGSU MyVPN are available to securely access BGSU web resources?
- https://my.bgsu.edu – BGSU’s Enterprise Portal contains many of the resources needed by faculty and staff including BlackBoard and self service applications such as viewing your paycheck. For more information on the BGSU Enterprise Portal and the services offered, please visit http://www.bgsu.edu/its/tsc/self-help/page10800.html#q1.
- https://mail.bgsu.edu – Access to email and calendars
- https://myfiles.bgsu.edu – Networked-based file storage system
- Additionally, ITS is currently working on creating a “traditional” VPN (also known as an IPSec VPN). More details on this to come.
BGSU MYVPN Account Registration Procedure
|This procedure gives detailed instructions on how to initially register your BGSU MyVPN account.|
NOTE: For added security, validate that the current date and time are displayed on the
bottom of the textpad.
NOTE: Please reference the Answering Password Security Questions section on Page 2 of this document for tips on answering the Password Security Questions.
NOTE: If you are using Internet Explorer 8 as your browser, you may receive a Pop-Up message stating the following: “This website wants to install the JuniperSetupClient.cab from Juniper Networks. If you trust the website and the add-on and want to install, click here…” If so, proceed and then click on ‘Install this Add-on for All Users on This Computer.’ Finally, click ‘Install’ on the IE Add-on Installer Security Warning. You should then be directed to the VPN home page.
Answering Password Security Questions:
When you enter an answer to your password security question, it must exactly match the answer we have on file. Otherwise, the system will reject your entry.
We have attempted to compose a list of questions that are safe, stable, simple, memorable, and applicable to a large percentage of the population. However, we realize that we will not be able to provide questions that will be applicable to every user. If there is an instance that you do not feel like you have a good answer to any of the questions presented to you we recommend creating a unique, memorable answer to one of the questions.