Cisco AnyConnect VPN on PCs

The Purdue VPN Installation website can act different ways as a result of different versions and ever-changing security settings in Internet Explorer, other web browsers, and Java.  You might need to try a couple of methods before you find one that works for your computer's current setup.  If things don't work at any point (or if you want to just use one sure-fire set of instructions that work no matter what), go to the "Manual Installation" steps at the bottom.

In any situation where you need to provide your username to the VPN software or website, you provide just your username - no "onepurdue\" or "ecn\" in front of it.


How do I know if I'm connected to the VPN?

In any of the situations, you are connected when a world/marble icon appears in your toolbar with a padlock on it.  You might need to click the vertical or horizontal arrows next to the clock to make the Cisco AnyConnect icon visible. If there is no padlock, you are not currently connected, and should follow the Manual Installation instructions at step 4 to finish connecting.



Web installation using Internet Explorer  (recommended)

1.  Visit

2.  Log in using your Purdue username and password

3.  Close any notifications at the bottom of the Internet Explorer window until you come to the one that says "This website wants to install the following add-on: 'AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client from Cisco Systems" - click "Install".  A moment later, you will get a second security warning that says almost the same - click "Install" again.

4.  Cisco should start and connect you automatically


Web Installation using Firefox or Chrome and Java

We recommend not having Java on your computer unless you have an absolute need for it, such as a banking, schoolwork, or Purdue website that requires it.  If you do happen to have it, you can use the following steps.

1.  Update Java by going to your control panel, clicking "Java", going to the "Update" tab, and pressing "Update Now".  During the update, Java will offer to install McAfee, Yahoo! toolbar, or Ask toolbar - we recommend clicking "Do not update browser settings" and "Next" on this page.

2.  Visit

3.  Log in using your Purdue username and password.

4.  You will now get a slew of security notifications.  In our test on 2016-05-13, there were 4 notifications - the correct answers were "Allow, Allow and Remember, Run, Allow".

5.  Cisco AnyConnect should start and connect you automatically.


Manual Installation (in case one of the above fails or you don't have Java)

1a.  After fails to install using ActiveX or Java, it will offer to "Install using the link below: Windows Desktop" or "retry".  You want to download the Windows Desktop installer.

1b.  If you are skipping Java and ActiveX, you can download it from

2.  Install the software

3.  Once it finishes installing, there will be a new entry in your Start Menu called "Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client".  Open this.

4.  It should display a box that says "VPN: Ready to connect".  Provide the address "" and press "Connect".

5.  Cisco AnyConnect should connect to Purdue and update itself automatically if it needs to.

6.  Provide your username and password and press "OK".

Last modified: 2017/12/08 11:18:6.916909 US/Eastern by oesten.e.nelson.1
Created: 2016/05/13 15:48:40.112576 GMT-4 by oesten.e.nelson.1.



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