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23 May 2019

Update your computer to use the new Deakin VPN

If you need to connect to the Deakin network off-site, there is a newly upgraded Virtual Private Network (VPN) available for you to use. If you’ve used the Deakin VPN before, you’ll need to update the software on your computer to access the new connection.

What is a VPN?

A VPN lets you create a secure connection to another network over the internet. When you connect your computer to a VPN, the computer acts as if it’s on the same network as the VPN. This is useful if you need to access something on that network, or if you need to protect yourself from snoopers or hackers gaining access to your data.

When should I use the Deakin VPN?

While many Deakin IT services, like DeakinSync, are accessible via the internet, some require you to remotely connect to the Deakin network via VPN if you need to use them off-campus. If you’re using a free or public wi-fi network, we recommend you connect to the VPN to protect your data.

How do I connect to the VPN?

Deakin launched a new VPN service last month, which requires all students and staff to install new software on their personal or non-Deakin computers.

To update your computer to access the new VPN:

  1. Uninstall any existing versions of Cisco AnyConnect on your computer
  2. Go to the Deakin Software Library at and select Browse By Category
  3. Under Connectivity tools, select Cisco AnyConnect
  4. Download the Cisco AnyConnect software for your operating system – Windows, Mac, or Linux
  5. Launch the Cisco AnyConnect installer. The program will install the software and apply the required settings – no further action is required.

Follow these instructions to help you connect to the VPN for the first time.

If you have any questions, please contact the IT Service Desk on 1800 463 888 or send a support ticket via


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