Western Network

This page contains information on how Western is taking steps to ensure that unauthorized access from outside of the campus network is being prevented.

Ports 1-1023 are blocked with the following exceptions

In an effort to further secure the Western network, we are continually shutting down access to potentially sensitive network ports.

Port Service Name Port Service Name
20 ftp-data 220 imap3
21 ftp 389 ldap
22 ssh 443 https
25 smtp 444 snpp
27 ssh-preferred 465 smtps
53 domain 500 isakmp
69 tftp 548 afpovertcp
80 http 554 rtsp
109 pop2 587 submission
110 pop3 636 ldaps
123 ntp 993 imaps
143 imap 995 pop3s

The following Remote Access applications are blocked

Direct Internet access to desktop systems inside Western's network through desktop sharing services is not supported, other than through the use of Western's centrally provided VPN service WROAMS.  The list below is an example (though not a complete list) of remote sharing applications that are blocked, regardless of the ports used.

Application Default Port(s)
PCAnywhere TCP 5631
VNC TCP 5900
Remote Desktop Protocol TCP 3389
TeamViewer TCP 5938
Internet Relay Chat (IRC) TCP 6667
Splashtop TCP 443

The following database applications are blocked

Due to the ability of malicious actors to use database applications to infiltrate the network, the default ports for the following database applications are also blocked from being accessed from outside of the Western network.

Application Default Port(s)
Oracle TCP 1521
MySQL TCP 3306
Postgresql TCP 5432

Remote Access to Western

If you need to access Western information from home, there are a number of security elements that are required. Where possible, use the more secure methods to connect to the Western network, and to check your Western email. You can securely access your Western e-mail from any web browser.  See our Email web pages for more details.

You can also securely connect to the Western email server with your email client, e.g. Outlook, Thunderbird, etc.  More information can be found in our Email documentation at http://wts.uwo.ca/office_365/index.html

If you need to access other information from your Western accounts you must use the Western ROAMs Virtual Private Network (VPN) to connect to the Western network.

Western ROAMs

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