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College Connection Blocking Irc And P2p Networks?


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#1 Sahn Frahnpsycho

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 09:11 PM

My connection here at the college, for some reason, makes it difficult to access IRC servers and P2P networks. Occasionally, I'm able to get on IRC when the port automatically switches to 9000 (I don't know how to do this manually) but it's never long before I'm disconnected again.

Is there any way around this?

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#2 Gary335

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 10:20 PM

Probably not. A number of colleges intentioonally block their students from using such programs, especially since P2P programs are often used for illegal purposes on college campuses. They also do this so that people can't get multiple downloads going, thereby draining the network of all its bandwidth, and leaving other people with terrible speeds.

Edited by Gary335, 18 September 2006 - 10:21 PM.


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Posted 19 September 2006 - 02:09 AM

Gary is quite right about the many reasons such activity is blocked, to which I mention the additional one of increased threats of malware, and the protection of the resident student (and the university) from lawsuits or criminal penalties.
I would not be surprised that somewhere in your University Catalogue or in your resident guidebook there is not something about severe academic penalties that may be brought against students attempting to override the university's security measures.

I direct attention to the forum rules, which state."No subject matter will be allowed whose purpose is to defeat existing copyright or security measures." This topic, therefore, is closed.


Regards,
John

Edited by jgweed, 19 September 2006 - 02:13 AM.

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