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To connect to UIC Virtual Private Network (VPN) on a Windows computer, download and install Viscosity from the WebStore. Free of charge for UIC faculty, staff, students, and affiliates.

To connect to UIC VPN on a macOS computer, download and install Viscosity. Viscosity is available in the WebStore, free of charge for UIC faculty, staff, students and affiliates.

If you already have an OpenVPN client installed, all you need are your configuration files from the download your OpenVPN configuration file. Otherwise, install OpenVPN through your respective repository below and then open the configuration file with your OpenVPN client once it is installed. Every person has a unique key file that they will use, in combination with their UIC NetID and password, to uniquely identify them. Everything you need for configuration is available in a compressed tar archive.

To connect to UIC VPN on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you will need to install the OpenVPN Connect client and download your VPN configuration file. It is recommended to follow these instructions in order.

To connect to UIC VPN from Android devices, you will have to install the OpenVPN Connect client and download your VPN configuration file.

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is used to encrypt data destined for UIC while it travels over the Internet. While connected to the VPN, the client software works with the operating system to determine when you are accessing an Internet location that the client should protect. When you are accessing such a location, the VPN client encrypts the data and sends it to ACCC's VPN gateway. As your information is flowing across the Internet to reach UIC, it is securely encrypted and is only decrypted once it reaches the VPN gateway.

This document describes the workaround for Viscosity if you are seeing the error as in the picture below:

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1. Right click on the ‘Viscosity’ icon in your task bar (lower right hand corner of your Windows Desktop) and choose ‘Preferences’.

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