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Starting in March, all UT students and employees who remotely connect to their campus computers from other locations off campus will need to take an additional step to increase their online security.

On March 1, the Office of Information Technology will begin blocking incoming external network traffic to Port 3389, which is an entry point commonly used by remote desktop clients.

Everyone who uses such software to access their on-campus computers from an external network will be required to use the UT Virtual Private Network (UT-VPN). Local UT network traffic will not be affected.

The move is part of OIT’s ongoing efforts to make the entire campus network stronger and more secure.

Information and guidance on using the UT-VPN is available on the OIT website. Users may also call the OIT Help Desk at 974-9900 for assistance.