Information Services

UniConnect VPN Service

What is UniConnect?

The UniConnect service links your computer into the UWA campus network.

Your machine is assigned a UWA internet address as if you were on-campus.

You can access resources which are available only to people on-campus. These resources include various library services, coursework and course information and any online journals which you can normally access only from a UWA machine.

Access to resources that are further restricted (such as your section's own network or general storage) may be possible. You should consult your local IT support about how this is done.

All of your online activity whilst connected passes through the University network, including internet activity. You should use UniConnect only whilst you require access to your University resources and disconnect when not required. Traffic passing from the University to you through UniConnect will be included in the total traffic charged to you by your internet provider.

Authentication 

The UniConnect uses your UWA Pheme account for authentication. Please ensure your account is in order before attempting connection. As UniConnect is a key component of the UWA’s security, you will always be prompted to authenticate upon connection, and passwords cannot be stored in the UniConnect client.

You can use the UniConnect service from anywhere that provides full internet connectivity. This includes your home ADSL connection, some hotels and conferences; and some airport lounges.

Safety

Wireless Local Area Networks (LANs) are safe for use with all traffic between your computer and the UniConnect server encrypted.

This means that a third party cannot view or change any of the information sent between you and the UniConnect server.

This does not mean that you are completely safe. You should be wary of viruses, Trojan horses and ad/spyware which may grant a third party access to your computer.