VPN - Installing Cisco AnyConnect on your Mac

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Follow these directions to install Cisco AnyConnect Virtual Private Network (VPN) on your Mac. A valid New Paltz username and password is necessary to complete this process:

Step 1: To begin, use your web browser to go to vpn.newpaltz.edu.

Step 2: Choose one of the groups (Split - Home Computers, Full - Wireless or On-Campus, AdminLAN - Campus issued) and click Login

Screenshot of Duo group selection page

Step 3: A login window will come up.  Login with your New Paltz username & password as you do on other college sites).

Step 4: You'll be prompted to download the Mac OS X VPN application installer.  Click Download for macOS to download the needed file.

Step 5: Open the downloaded archive file which was most likely placed in your Downloads folder. The downloaded file's name beings with "anyconnect" and ends with ".dmg".

Step 6: Double click on the package file to begin the installation


Step 7: The Install AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client window should appear. Keep clicking Continue as needed to complete the installation process.

Step 8: After the installation process completes you may be prompted by Mac OS to allow the use of a System Extension from "Cisco AnyConnect Socket Filter". This System Extension is required for the VPN client to work.

Click Open Security Preferences or the Open Preferences button to open the Security & Privacy System Preferences window.

At the bottom left of this window click the padlock icon to unlock settings and enter your Mac OS username and password when prompted. Next click on the Allow button next to the mention of "Cisco AnyConnect Socket Filter".

Next you will be prompted to allow the "Cisco AnyConnect Socket Filter" to filter network content. Click the Allow button.

The AnyConnect VPN client should now be properly installed and ready to use.


After the application is installed, see the link below for instructions on using the application:

VPN - Using Cisco AnyConnect



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