What's a VPN?

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a program that connects you to an unsecured server in order to bypass filters. Although they can hide what you are doing from the school, they are able to see everything you do, leaving you at risk of having them steal your data, such as browsing and download history.

Your traffic is not invisible.

What happens if I use a VPN?

The use of any type of VPN is not allowed on the school network and will result in a block. Although the use of VPNs is not illegal, allowing pupils access to inappropriate sites means the school is breaking the law. Unfortunately, more and more services are using VPN technology. See the list below.

VPN's (Virtual Private Networks) are often used by people to protect their devices when on public unsafe networks, like at airports. The School system is a private network and as such we have corporate security systems which are designed to protect the School and your devices. VPN's do not play nicely with these systems, in some cases can actually be detrimental to your own device security and vastly impact the speed of your internet connection. This is why we advise that you disable VPN's whilst using the School WiFi.

Programs that use/are VPNs

  • Snapchat (Not a full VPN, but it uses 'evasive protocols' to send photos securely, and this is detected as a VPN)
  • Hexatech
  • Kaspersky anti-virus (uses a VPN to download updates)
  • TunnelBear
  • Hotspot Shield
  • Betternet
  • Tor/Aloha/OpenDoor/Epic Privacy Browsers
  • If in doubt, click here for a comprehensive list