Computing Rules

All users of computing facilities within Balliol are subject to the College Computing Rules, University Rules and Statutes, JANET rules and UK law. Please read the following sections. Breaches of rules will result in fines and other disciplinary action.

General

1. Users are subject to:

  • All JANET rules JANET Acceptible Use Policy
  • All Oxford University IT Regulations Oxford University Statutes
  • All Oxford University Computing Services’ rules

Review these rules

Concerning hardware

2. Only the assigned IP number may be used.

3. No equipment other than a single network card in a personal computer may be connected to the network socket.

4. The use of all wireless LANs or wireless equipment is banned, except connection to the Eduroam or OWL Wireless Services.

5. No hardware or software may be used which compromises the security of the network or the privacy of users.

The state and status of computers

6. It is mandatory that users MUST install a virus checker and keep it up to date monthly (a free virus checker is available from the University); this includes Apple Mac operating systems.  

7. It is mandatory that users MUST keep their operating system up to date with security patches (e.g. Windows update, free over the network). Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 8 (excluding 8.1),  and Mac OS versions including and prior to 10.11 will not be allowed on the network. Please ensure you have an up-to-date operating system installed. Also note that Microsoft Windows 7 and Apple OSX 10.12 (High Sierra) will be blocked from the beginning of Hilary Term 2020.

8. Users with computers in their rooms are responsible for the content of their computer and to any use to which their computer has been put.

9. Users who share their computer resources are not recognised as System Administrators and may not act in that privileged position in respect of the University Security and Privacy Policy.

10. College will not recognise any obligations made to outside parties concerning the use of a computer attached to the College network.

11. The network may not be used for commercial purposes.

Peer-to-peer programs and file sharing

12. The use of iTunes to share music (not video), which does not infringe copyright, across College, is permitted provided that the iTunes shares are password protected. The rules concerning peer-to-peer (P2P) software do not apply to iTunes.

13. The unauthorised use of peer-to-peer resource-sharing software on machines connected the Oxford University network is prohibited.

14. Users must REMOVE all programs from their computers which involve peer-to-peer file sharing.

15. Users may NOT have open shares on their computers; all shares must be password protected. iTunes (music) shares must be password protected.

16. Users may NOT download or exchange music or movies, including those from legitimate subscription services, using the College or University network. iTunes™ (music) and Internet radio are permitted but may be curtailed if necessary because of significant traffic.

Network services

17. Users may NOT run:

  • mail servers (e.g. imapd, smtp)
  • network support services (e.g. DNS, DHCP, BOOTP servers)
  • games servers without the permission of the IT Manager
  • web servers (e.g. http, https) without authorisation from the IT Manager
  • their own wireless networks. Devices that are found to be transmitting a wireless signal will be disallowed from the network

A reasonably comprehensive list of forbidden P2P programs includes:

µTorrent

ABC

Acquisition

Adagio

Alliance

AllPeers

Amicima

aMule

ANts P2P

ApexDC++

Applejuice

Ares

Ares Galaxy

Audiogalaxy

Avalanche

Azureus

BCDC++

BearShare

BitComet

BitLord

BitSpirit

BitTornado

BITTORRENT

Blubster

Burst!

Cabos

CAKE

Caribou

Chord

CoolStreaming

Coral

Cybersky-TV

DC++

Dijjer

Direct Connect

EarthStation 5

eDonkey

eDonkey2000

eMule

eMule Plus

Entropy

expressLoad

FastTrack

Filecroc

FileScope

FileTopia

FlashGet

FreeCast

Freenet

FrostWire

G3 Torrent

giFT

Gnucleus

GNUnet

GNUnet-gtk

Gnutella

Gnutella2

Grokster

Groove

gtk-gnutella

Halite

Hamachi

Hydranode

IceShare

iFolder

iMesh

iMesh Light

IRC

Joost

Jubster

JXTA

Kad network

Kazaa

Kazaa Lite

KCeasy

Key network

Kiwi Alpha

KoffeePhoto

konspire2b

KONTIKI (Sky)

Krawler[x]

KTorrent

LIMEWIRE

lMule

Lphant

Madster/Aimster

Mammoth

MLDonkey

mlMac

Mnet

MojoNation

Morpheus

MUTE

Napigator

Napshare

NEO Network

NeoModus Direct Connect

Octoshape

Omemo

OpenFT

OpenNap

Opera

Overnet

PeerCast

Peersites

PeerStream

Perfect Dark

P-Grid

Phex

Piolet

Poisoned

PPLive

Pruna

QTorrent

Rawflow

Retroshare

rtorrent

Scour

Shareaza

Solipsis

soribada

Soulseek

SPIN

StrongDC++

Swapper

Swarmcast

The Circle

Transmission

Tribler

TrustyFiles

TVants

TVUPlayer

Warez P2P

WASTE

WinMX

Winny

xMule

XoloX

ZEPP

Zultrax

If in doubt, ask the ICT Department.