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Web Filtering

Improved security protection with Web Filtering when onsite

Web filtering is introduced to assist in minimising the information security risk to University and to protect all IT users from malicious phishing attacks as well as other threats of a malicious nature. 

Pro-active ‘web filtering’ of known harmful sites is intended to prevent inadvertent access to web sites that seek to compromise UoP individuals and University equipment, systems, services and data.

‘Web filtering’ is not a panacea and will not address all and every situation. It will, however assist in addressing the risks posed by such web sites.

As agreed with the University Information Security Group, web filtering is to be enabled from 22/01/2019 on University of Plymouth internet traffic for web sites identified to have malicious content.

Note that filtering will be effective for devices connected to the University internal network by physical LAN port, UoP wifi or by using the Fortinet VPN client. If you are connected by other means, including eduroam wifi, your own or public wifi or from your own internet connection then this implementation of web filtering will be ineffective and you may be at risk. 

In any case please continue to exercise due diligence when reading your emails or clicking links on web pages. If in doubt don’t click.

If you think that the website you are trying to access has been listed as malicious in error then please contact the Service Desk on Tel: 01752 588588 ; Portal: https://itselfservice.plymouth.ac.uk or via Web: www.plymouth.ac.uk/itservices

Should you click a link that is intercepted by ‘web filtering’ you will see a ‘Web Page Blocked’ message.


Q. Why is this technical measure being taken?
A. To further defend UoP IT users and resources from being compromised and unlawfully used or accessed.

Q. Will filtering be applied to any other Websites? 
A. No more than might be the case prior to this action being taken.

Q. What if I get the above message from a website I legitimately need to access?
A. Contact the TIS Service desk via the normal routes.

Q. Where does the list of malicious content websites come from?
A.  This is maintained by a trusted third party who identify sources of malicious content on the World Wide Web.

Q. How can I minimise my own risk?
A. Exercise due care and diligence when opening email, email attachments and clicking links to websites.

Q. Does this protection apply to all means of accessing UoP systems?
A. No. For all internet traffic originating from the UoP network, UoP VPN or UoP WiFi services this will be applied.

Q. Doesn’t Anti-Virus do this?
A. These measures are complementary to Anti Virus programs installed on your University of Plymouth PC or laptop. 

Modified 24/02/2020