VPN is a network device and a software packet that is created by OpenVPN. With a special software installation on a personal computer, a user can have a secure access to the Department of Computer Science (UCY) network. This connection is created through a "secure tunnel" communication where data transfer is encrypted. When a PC is connected to VPN, it operates as it is connected directly through the department network. Since VPN software, client and VPN network device use encryption to ensure that user will have a secure connection. Although, VPN software does not provide security from any viruses or threads. If users computer has a virus and it tries to connect through VPN to the department network, then IT support team will not permit the user to access the department resources.
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