Virtual private network
Virtual private network (VPN) is a method of securely tunneling all of your traffic through another server. A VPN is useful if you want to prevent people from eavesdropping on your connections. It also allows you to attach your machine to the LAN (private network) of the VPN server for accessing internal resources such as the campus network. This is particularly useful for accessing scientific journals for free.
There are many VPN protocols. LUG in particular operates an OpenVPN server for members to connect to with their account.
Connecting to LUG OpenVPN
You will need the openvpn package and (most likely) the Network Manager openvpn plugin. To install from an Ubuntu system:
sudo apt-get install openvpn network-manager-openvpn
From Network Manager ("Network Connections"), import lug.ovpn as a saved VPN configuration. Type in your default username (and password if you wish to keep it saved in the config).
Activate it via Network Manager.
You should install the official OpenVPN client. Find it from their official website: https://openvpn.net/index.php/open-source/downloads.html
Copy both into C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config
Run the OpenVPN client.
If you're a UCLA student, BruinOnline also provides you access to UCLA's VPN service, via the PPTP (possibly insecure!), L2TP/IPSEC, or SSL protocol.
Add a new Cisco VPN connection, and configure it using the following:
|User name||your UCLA logon ID|
|User password||your UCLA password|