A virtual private network (VPN) is a technology that creates an encrypted connection over a less secure network, typically the internet. The VPN service of ETH is provided by ITS.

There are two main advantages of using the VPN service when not at the campus:

  • All communication between the end device and the ETH network is encrypted. When using VPN it is therefore safe to use it over insecure internet connections such as coffee shop or public networks at conferences.
  • The IP address is behind the ETH firewall, which grants access to services and websites that cannot be reached from the internet.


The recommended client software for VPN at ETH is AnyConnect, installation instructions for the common operating systems can be found here or at https://sslvpn.ethz.ch.


A web based VPN solution that does not require the installation of a client is also available at https://sslvpn.ethz.ch/ and can be used to access websites and remote desktop sessions only.


Page URL: https://www.isg.inf.ethz.ch/bin/view/Main/ServicesNetworkVPN
© 2021 Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich