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Virtual Private Network (VPN)

What is a VPN?

A VPN is a method of connecting to a private network (UNF’s network) by way of a public network (the Internet) securely. A VPN connection is not needed to read email.

UNF requires users to validate their identity using two-factor authentication (powered by Duo). If you have not yet set this up, visit this page to register before installing the FortiClient software. 

The instructions for setting up a VPN connection using FortiClient are below.

Start by going to and logging in using your UNF credentials and validating your identity using two-factor authentication (powered by Duo). 


Q: The VPN didn’t connect and told me that I’m not authorized to use the service.

A: Duo 2FA is required to use the VPN. Please enroll and ensure that your settings are correct at

Q: My FortiClient connection progress stops at 45%

A: Please check your phone for the Duo push notification. If you are a Duo Token or Code user, you must enter your password at the VPN login prompt as Password,Code – Example: BigSwoopingOsprey,652452