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VPN (Virtual Private Network)

After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for computers running Windows 7. All Windows 7 computers used for Stanford activities should be upgraded to Windows 10 by January 2020. Learn more about upgrading to Windows 10 by January 2020.

Because this website uses an older two-step authentication method, when you download the installer you might not see the updated version of the two-step authentication screens.

Note for Mac High Sierra (10.13) users

When you log in to the Cisco AnyConnect VPN, you may be prompted to upgrade to a new version of software. If you choose to upgrade, you'll see a System Extension Blocked alert directing you to go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy to allow the extension. The approval field is only present in the Security & Privacy preferences pane for 30 minutes after the alert. If the extension is not approved with in 30 minutes the software will not function correctly.

Access to restricted library journals from off-campus

Stanford University Libraries (SUL) updated the method by which authorized community members access restricted journals from off-campus.

Rather than using Stanford's VPN (Virtual Private Network), SUL wants community members to use its EZProxy service:


Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a remote access technology that creates a private encrypted connection over the Internet between a single host and Stanford's private network, SUNet.

Stanford's VPN allows you to connect to Stanford's network as if you were on campus, making access to restricted services possible. There are two types of VPN available:

  • Default Stanford (split-tunnel) allows access to anything at via the VPN connection but non-Stanford traffic flows normally on an unencrypted internet connection.
  • Full Traffic (non-split-tunnel) encrypts all internet traffic from your computer but may inadvertently block you from using resources on your local network, such as a networked printer at home. This also allows access to library journals as if you were on campus.


  • When using VPN, your off-campus computer is dynamically assigned a Stanford IP address to connect back to Stanford's network.
  • A Stanford IP address allows you access to Stanford's computing resources and certain campus services (e.g., departmental file and print servers).

Get started

Select your operating system to see the VPN configuration instructions for your device:

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Last modified November 21, 2019