What is Winston Port 443/HTTPS and Port 80/HTTP interception?


The default setting for Winston is to filter data in and out of these ports.


Port 443 is where traffic connects to your devices from websites using SSL, starting with "https". Port 80 is the same, but for sites not using SSL, starting with "http".


For more information on Winston filtering, please visit this article about how Winston provides security and privacy of your data.


Why manage Winston Interception settings?


In the rare event that Winston does not immediately interact well with another device, turning off Port 443/HTTP and Port 80/HTTP interception may help with diagnosis and troubleshooting. Turning interception off removes protections for data through those ports, so it is not recommended to turn off interception for long-term use. Please contact us for troubleshooting assistance.


How to disable Winston interception:




  1. Visit http://winston.conf (not https) on a computer connected to your Winston network

  2. Click on the Privacy Settings tab

  3. Click on Advanced Settings

  4. Port 443/HTTPS:


    1. Toggle the slider next to “Intercept port 443/HTTPS requests” to make it disabled/grey and then click Save Settings.Advanced_Settings_-_port_443_intercept_off.PNG

    2. Determine if your external device or application is working properly. If not, toggle the slider back to enabled/purple and then click Save Settings.


  5. Port 80/HTTP:


    1. Toggle the slider next to “Intercept port 80/HTTP requests” to make it disabled/grey and then click Save Settings.Advanced_Settings_-_port_80_intercept_off.PNG

    2. Determine if your external device or application is working properly. If not, toggle the slider back to enabled/purple and then click Save Settings.



Note: To maintain the highest level of protection possible, determine if disabling interception to just one port or the other is sufficient before disabling interception to both ports.