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Why would I want/need to use it?

If you are using the wireless network on campus, you might want to encrypt your data.  Otherwise, anyone with a wireless laptop can monitor your data between your laptop and the wireless access point (WAP).  If you are a home user, some resources are only available when you use an OSU IP address?, such as research journals.  Typically we have users set up the Library proxy server for this purpose, but this doesn't work for everyone.  For these people, the VPN? is the only other option.  Finally, many ISPs have started blocking ports which certain applications (such as Outlook) need to work correctly.  If your ISP is blocking ports, you will want to use VPN.  

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