SafeConnect is a network access control tool the university is using on the Residential Network to provide wired network services that comply with UCSC's Minimum Network Connectivity Requirements on the Residential Network.  This tool is part of UCSC's effort to keep computers and networks as free as possible from viruses, spyware, and operating system security holes. Networks protected in this way generally perform much better and experience less downtime due to malicious software damage.

As a member of the UCSC network, you will benefit by knowing your computer is properly configured and protected. You will also have reasonable assurance that others connected to the network are also protected and won't pose an avoidable threat to your computer or network access. 

The SafeConnect Policy Key continuously validates that your system to ensure that it meets minimum security requirements as per UCSC's acceptable use policy.

  • Authentication: Required after 6 days of use or when the IP address on your computer or mobile device changes, whichever comes first
  • Policy Key: If using Windows or Mac versions 10.3 and higher and do not have policy key installed, you will not be able to access the network.
  • Windows Operating System Updates: If Windows is not set to check for automatic system updates, pop-up web browser warnings will be issued. After four warnings issued every 24 hours have been given, you will be warned once per week.
  • Anti-Virus Software Installed and Running: If anti-virus software is not detected installed and running, pop-up web browser warnings will be issued. After four warnings issued every 24 hours have been given, you will be warned once per week. Mac users are not required to have an anti-virus.
  • Anti-Virus Software Up-to-Date: If anti-virus software is out-of-date, pop-up web browser warnings will be issued. After four warnings issued every 24 hours have been given, you will be warned once per week.
  • Peer-to-Peer Software Running: If P2P software is detected running, pop-up web browser warning will be issued every other day.

SafeConnect can currently only enforce the minimum network connectivity requirements on systems running the Microsoft Windows or Macintosh OS X operating system.  Linux systems, iPads, iPhones are not required to download the policy key to access the residential network.

A list of anti-virus programs that are accepted by the SafeConnect System, as well as links to download the software, can be found on our SafeConnect Anti-Virus webpage