User Agreement / AUP / TOS

User Agreement

This document is intended to provide a basic understanding of Gr8Host's Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and Terms Of Service (TOS). The following are guidelines for the establishment and enforcement of Gr8Host's AUP & TOS:

Ensure reliable service to our customers.

Ensure security and privacy of our systems and network, as well as the networks and systems of others.

Comply with existing laws.

Maintain our reputation as a responsible service provider.

Encourage responsible use of the internet and discourage activities which reduce the usability and value of internet services.

Preserve the privacy and security of individual users.

Gr8Host intends to provide its customers access to everything the internet has to offer.

While Gr8Host is firmly committed to the principles of free speech, certain activities that may be damaging to the resources of both Gr8Host and the internet cannot be permitted under the guise of free speech.

We support the flow of information and ideas over the Internet and do not actively monitor subscriber activity under normal circumstances. However, in accordance with our TOS, we may remove any materials that, in our sole discretion, may be illegal, may subject us to liability, or which may violate this AUP. Gr8Host may cooperate with legal authorities and/or third parties in the investigation of any suspected or alleged crime or civil wrongdoing. Your violation of this AUP may result in the suspension or immediate termination of your Gr8Host account without prior notice.

The resources of Gr8Host and the internet are limited, and abuse of these resources by one user has a negative impact on the entire community.

The following constitute violations of this AUP/TOS:

Illegal use:

Gr8Host services may not be used for illegal purposes, or in support of illegal activities. Gr8Host reserves the right to cooperate with legal authorities and/or injured third parties in the investigation of any suspected crime or civil wrongdoing.

Harm to minors:

Use of the Gr8Host services to harm, or attempt to harm, minors in any way, including, but not limited to child pornography.

Threats:

Use of Gr8Host services to transmit any material (by e-mail, uploading, posting or otherwise) that threatens or encourages bodily harm or destruction of property.

Harassment:

Use of Gr8Host services to transmit any material (by e-mail, uploading, posting or otherwise) that harasses another.

Fraudulent activity:

Use of Gr8Host services to make fraudulent offers to sell or buy products, items, or services, or to advance any type of financial scam such as "pyramid schemes," "ponzi schemes," and/or "chain letters."

Forgery or impersonation:

Adding, removing or modifying identifying network header information in an effort to deceive or mislead is prohibited. Attempting to impersonate any person by using forged headers or other identifying information is prohibited. The use of anonymous remailers or nicknames does not constitute impersonation.

Unsolicited commercial e-mail / Unsolicited bulk e-mail (SPAM):

Use of the Gr8Host services to transmit any unsolicited commercial or unsolicited bulk e-mail is expressly prohibited. Violations of this type will result in the immediate termination of the offending Gr8Host account.

E-mail / News Bombing:

Malicious intent to impede another person's use of electronic mail services or news will result in the immediate termination of the offending Gr8Host account.

E-mail / Message Forging:

Forging any message header, in part or whole, of any electronic transmission, originating or passing through the Gr8Host service is in violation of this AUP.

Unauthorized access:

Use of the Gr8Host service to access, or to attempt to access, the accounts of others, or to penetrate, or attempt to penetrate, security measures of Gr8Host or another entity's computer software or hardware, electronic communications system, or telecommunications system, whether or not the intrusion results in the corruption or loss of data, is expressly prohibited and the offending Gr8Host account is subject to immediate termination.

Copyright or trademark infringement:

Use of the Gr8Host service to transmit any material (by e-mail, uploading, posting or otherwise) that infringes any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or other proprietary rights of any third party, including, but not limited to, the unauthorized copying of copyrighted material, the digitization and distribution of photographs from magazines, books, or other copyrighted sources, and the unauthorized transmittal of copyrighted software.

Collection of personal data:

Use of the Gr8Host service to collect, or attempt to collect, personal information about third parties without their knowledge or consent.

Network disruptions and unfriendly activity:

Use of the Gr8Host service for any activity which affects the ability of other people or systems to use Gr8Host service or the internet. This includes "denial of service" (DOS) attacks against another network host or individual user. Interference with or disruption of other network users, services or equipment is prohibited. It is the Member's responsibility to ensure that their network is configured in a secure manner. A Subscriber may not, through action or inaction, allow others to use their network for illegal or inappropriate actions. A Subscriber may not permit their network, through action or inaction, to be configured in such a way that gives a third party the capability to use their network in an illegal or inappropriate manner. Unauthorized entry and/or use of another company and/or individual's computer system will result in immediate account termination. Gr8Host will not tolerate any subscriber attempting to access the accounts of others, or penetrate security measures of other systems, whether or not the intrusion results in corruption or loss of data.

Fraud:

Involves a knowing misrepresentation or misleading statement, writing or activity made with the intent that the person receiving it will act upon it.

Infringement of Copyright, Patent, Trademark, Trade Secret, or Intellectual Property Right:

Distribution and/or posting of copyrighted or the aforementioned infringements will not be tolerated.

Distribution of Viruses:

Intentional distributions of software that attempts to and/or causes damage, harassment, or annoyance to persons, data, and/or computer systems are prohibited. Such an offense will result in the immediate termination of the offending account.

Inappropriate Use of Software:

Use of software or any device that would facilitate a continued connection, i.e. pinging, while using Gr8Host services could result in suspension or terminatation of service.

Third Party Accountability:

Gr8Host subscribers will be held responsible and accountable for any activity by third parties, using their account, that violates guidelines created within the AUP.

Security

You are responsible for any misuse of your account, even if the inappropriate activity was committed by a friend, family member, guest or employee. Therefore, you must take steps to ensure that others do not gain unauthorized access to your account. In addition, you may not use your account to breach security of another account or attempt to gain unauthorized access to another network or server.

Your password provides access to your account. It is your responsibility to keep your password secure.

Sharing your password and account access with unauthorized users is prohibited. You should take care to prevent others from using your account since you will be held responsible for such use.

Attempting to obtain another user's account password is strictly prohibited, and may result in termination of service.

You must adopt adequate security measures to prevent or minimize unauthorized use of your account.

You may not attempt to circumvent user authentication or security of any host, network or account. This includes, but is not limited to, accessing data not intended for you, logging into or making use of a server or account you are not expressly authorized to access, or probing the security of other networks. Use or distribution of tools designed for compromising security is prohibited. Examples of these tools include, but are not limited to, password guessing programs, cracking tools or network probing tools. You may not attempt to interfere with service to any user, host or network ("denial of service attacks"). This includes, but is not limited to, "flooding" of networks, deliberate attempts to overload a service, and attempts to "crash" a host.

Users who violate systems or network security may incur criminal or civil liability. Gr8Host will cooperate fully with investigations of violations of systems or network security at other sites, including cooperating with law enforcement authorities in the investigation of suspected criminal violations.

Network Performance

Gr8Host accounts operate on shared resources. Excessive use or abuse of these shared network resources by one customer may have a negative impact on all other customers. Misuse of network resources in a manner which impairs network performance is prohibited by this policy and may result in termination of your account.

You are prohibited from excessive consumption of resources, including CPU time, memory, disk space and session time. You may not use resource-intensive programs which negatively impact other customers or the performances of Gr8Host systems or networks. Gr8Host reserves the right to terminate or limit such activities.

Reporting Violations of Gr8Host's AUP/TOS:

Gr8Host requests that anyone who believes that there is a violation of this AUP/TOS direct the information to the Abuse Department by contacting us, in writing, via email.

If available, please provide the following information:

The IP address used to commit the alleged violation.

The date and time of the alleged violation, including the time zone or offset from GMT.

Evidence of the alleged violation.

E-mail with full header information provides all of the above, as do system log files. Other situations will require different methods of providing the above information. Gr8Host may take any one or more of the following actions in response to complaints:

Issue written or verbal warnings.

Suspend the subscriber's forum posting privileges.

Suspend the subscriber's account.

Terminate the subscriber's account.

Bill the subscriber for administrative costs and/or re-activation charges.

Bring legal action to enjoin violations and/or to collect damages, if any, caused by violations.

Revisions to this AUP/TOS:

Gr8Host reserves the right to revise, amend, or modify this AUP, our TOS and our other policies and agreements at any time and in any manner. Notice of any revision, amendment, or modification will be posted in accordance with our TOS.