VPN portal: Encrypted connection to the university with a browser

Use of some of the university's online services is limited to the university network for licence related reasons. These services include the databases and e-papers offered by the library. The services can also be used on computers outside the university network by establishing a secure connection between the home computer and the university server in the VPN portal at https://www.vpn.helsinki.fi.

With the VPN portal, you can also download files in home and group directories to your home computer for editing and upload them back to the university server. In addition, you can use the SAP software required for university administration and, in the future, other online services requiring a secure connection as well, via the portal.

The lists of services available to students and personnel are slightly different.

There is separate HY-VPN software to be installed on your own computer for remote use, when browserbased solutions are inadequate.

To use the VPN portal, your browser must allow javascript.

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Detailed help

Logging in to VPN portal

  • Go to https://www.vpn.helsinki.fi
    • Log in to the portal with your access rights
    • Enter your username in the Username field (e.g. rkeskiva)
    • Enter your password in the Password field
    • Click Sign In

Portal front page

The portal services are divided into two groups

  • Web Bookmarks gives you access to services used with the browser
  • Files helps you to manage your network directories The lists of services available for students and personnel are slightly different.
  • The Home option takes you to the portal front page
  • The Help option takes you to these instructions
  • The Sign Out option logs you off the portal

Always remember to log off when you are not using the portal!

Using folders

Log in to the VPN portal at https://www.vpn.helsinki.fi

Creating a folder

  • Open the network drive of your choice by clicking on its name.

  • Next, open the directory in which you wish to create a folder.
  • Click the New Folder option on the right.

  • Name the folder and click Create Folder.

  • Your folder has now been created and will appear in the list.

Deleting a folder

  • Select the folder to be deleted by ticking the corresponding box.

  • Next, click Delete. (You can also delete files this way).

Downloading files

  • Open the network drive of your choice by clicking on its name.

  • Locate the file of your choice. You can move from folder to folder by clicking on their names. You can go back by clicking on the top section links.

  • Locate the file of your choice. You can move from folder to folder by clicking on their names. You can go back by clicking on the top section links.

Transferring files

  • If you want to transfer files to your online disk storage, open the folder where you want the transferred file to go and click Upload Files.
  • Next, click Choose File, locate the file of your choice and click Avaa (Open). You can download several files at a time.

  • When you are finished, click Upload.

Deleting files

  • Locate the file to be deleted and tick the corresponding box. When you are finished, click Delete. You can select several files at a time.

VPN portal as a proxy serv 

  • Log in to the VPN portal at https://www.vpn.helsinki.fi
  • Enter the address in the address field. This example uses the Merck index http://themerckindex.cambridgesoft.com/themerckindex/Forms/Home/
    ContentArea/Home.aspx

  • Click Browse. The browser goes to the Merck index site.
  • You can save the address into the browser's bookmarks for later use.
    • You can then use the bookmark just like any other bookmark. If you are not logged in to the VPN portal, the browser first directs you to the login page and then to the desired service.

  • The default name is https://www.vpn.helsinki.fi/themerckindex/Forms/Home/ContentArea/,
    DanaInfo=themerckindex.cambridgesoft.com,SSO=U+Home.aspx
  • You can change this into a more descriptive name.

Navigation in the VPN portal

The top right corner of the browser shows the icons needed for navigating in the VPN portal:

  • (1) toggles the location of the navigation bar between the right and the left side.
  • (2) return to the VPN portal home page.
  • (3) log out of the VPN portal.

NOTE: Remember to log out of the service. Just closing the browser leaves the VPN session open and you may get the following notification when you use the service again:

Click Continue the session. The old session is closed and a new one is opened.