Although the use of Skype is not prohibited, your computer can become a SuperNode responsible for routing Skype traffic from thousands of users across the Internet. When this happens, ITS will block your entire computer from Internet access.
To make sure you don't become a SuperNode, and become vulnerable to blockage, configure Skype to not start automatically by following the instructions outlined below.
Preventing Skype From Starting Automatically
You should ensure that Skype is not loaded at start-up and only running while receiving or making calls. There are two ways to ensure that Skype does not start when Windows Starts:
On the Sign in window in Skype, un-check the box labelled Start Skype when the computer starts and continue to sign in normally.
If Skype is already running, you can disable it from starting when Windows starts as follows:
- On the toolbar in Skype, click Tools > Options.
- When the Options windows appears, click on the Advanced tab located at the bottom of the left-hand pane.
- At the top of the Advanced tab under the Startup option, un-check the option labelled Start Skype when I start Windows.
- Continue by selecting Save at the bottom of this tab and restart Windows.
Disabling Supernode Status for Skype
In order to use Skype on campus, Supernode status MUST be disabled. The following instructions/patch will disable supernode status. More information about supernode status can be found here.
1. Download the patch by right clicking here and saving link as a .reg file
2. Open file, and confirm all prompts.
3. If everything is done correctly you should get the following message.
4. You can now delete the original downloaded file as well.
1. Open Skype and go to Tools--> Options
2. Under the Connections tab, UNCHECK "Use port 80 and 443 as alternatives for incoming connections" and then click Save.
Supernode status will now be disabled.