This page contains information on how Western is taking steps to ensure that unauthorized access from outside of the campus network is being prevented.
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|
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.
|Remote Desktop Protocol||TCP 3389|
|Internet Relay Chat (IRC)||TCP 6667|
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.
|MS SQL||TCP/UDP 1433, TCP/UDP 1434|
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.
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