Information Technology

Internet and Network Restrictions

Does Reed Block Internet Traffic? Generally, Reed allows internet traffic initiated by individuals on the campus network. There are a few exceptions as described below:

Peer-to-peer traffic

By default, P2P (bittorrent) traffic is blocked on Reed’s network. Community members who have legitimate peer-to-peer traffic needs may obtain a waiver of this restriction. More about peer-to-peer traffic at Reed.

Malware-hosting websites

IT relies on the consensus of trusted Information Security resources to provide information concerning websites hosting malicious content. Malicious content includes Adware, Trojans, Ransomware, Potentially Unwanted Programs (such as Mackeeper), and more. Websites may be blocked if an active attack is in progress, such as a website linked in a phishing email to members of the community. IT routinely reviews the status of blocked websites and may allow access if requested by a Reed community member or if the threat no longer exists. More about malware and other threats.

Infected computers

Computers on Reed’s network infected with viruses and other malware will have network or internet restrictions put in place, to prevent them from infecting other computers and communicating with servers on the internet. When such restrictions are put in place, IT staff will reach out to the computer owner and arrange for remediation. Once a computer has been cleaned, network restrictions are lifted.

Copyright Infringement

As required by law, when Reed receives a copyright infringement claim under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the computer in question is blocked from accessing the internet while the claim is processed. More about DMCA at Reed.