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Virtual Private Network (VPN): Overview

Use this guide to install Global Protect, the VPN client for Mohawk STUDENTS. Only install this client on personal laptops, not Mohawk owned laptops. NOTE: you must be enrolled in a full-time program in order to use this VPN.

What is a VPN?

Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, once connected, make your device look like it is on a College controlled network. A VPN is useful for accessing applications or software that can only be accessed on-site due to licensing requirements.

You do not need a VPN to access most Mohawk applications and services.

Why do I need a VPN to access some software?

Some software has restrictions that could be any of the below and are often combined in many cases:

  • College controlled network
  • Active Student
  • Geography
  • College owned device
  • A device joined to our college domain

What do I need a VPN for?

Only for applications and software with one or more of the above restrictions. Examples include:

  • Some applications on MohawkAPPS
  • Various network licenses
  • Various software licenses

What don’t I need a VPN for?

Anything that does not have one of the restrictions listed earlier. Examples include:

  • MyMohawk
  • E-mail
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Office 365
  • All Cloud Software Solutions (SaaS)

Global Protect

Global Protect is the system used by students to connect to the Virtual Private Network (VPN) at Mohawk College. A VPN provides an encrypted connection between your off-campus computer and the campus network.


  • Free desktop client for Windows and Mac 
  • Secure connection to the campus network from off-campus
  • Remote access to some campus servers