Known Malicious Websites Will Be Blocked Starting July 2017

To help guard against malicious activity, UON IT Services is adding additional protection to the University network from July 2017. If you try to visit a website hosting known malicious content, you will receive a message that you are not able to access the site for security reasons.

The new web filtering capability enhances our existing antivirus, anti-malware, and anti-spyware capabilities; and supplements existing desktop web filtering on our managed desktop fleet using Sophos.

What kinds of websites is UON blocking?

  • Phishing websites designed to trick you into giving away confidential information
  • Websites containing programs or files that are harmful to computer users, like viruses, known as malicious malware and spyware
  • Proxy Avoidance and Anonymisers which are tools that can manipulate internet access and traceability

To verify a web page is blocked, click here and enter the URL of the web page you were trying to access.

If you believe a site has been misclassified, a request to have it reclassified may be made on this site as well. Palo Alto Networks will evaluate the request and respond to you with the status of the request.

If you cannot reach a specific website and would like to request an exception for genuine teaching, research or business purposes, contact the IT Service Desk at 17000@newcastle.edu.au or +61 2 492 17000.