An Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is a set of rules and conditions systematized by a network, system or a website owner that define and restrict the ways in which the network, system or website may be utilized.
The AUP of HOSTneeded is aimed at explicitly outlining the purposes for which customers CANNOT use our SEMI-DEDICATED hosting services and position data on our network servers.
This Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is accepted as part of the Semi-Dedicated Terms of Service each customer agrees to abide by when signing up for a Semi-Dedicated server account with our hosting services. Any violation of these AUP terms will be considered as violation of our Semi-Dedicated Terms of Service.
We – HOSTneeded, shall be the final part to determine whether an act constitutes a violation of this AUP and misuse of our services. We reserve our right to respond accordingly and/or immediately terminate the provision of the services, shall we become aware, and/or have sufficient evidence, of any prohibited conduct outlined in this AUP, or any other action threatening the secure environment of our Semi-Dedicated hosting customers and/or network of servers. We shall be the sole arbiter in determining the sufficiency of the present evidences.
In order to protect our company’s reputation and responsibilities, and guarantee robust and reliable Semi-Dedicated hosting services to all our customers, as well as the privacy and security of all our individual users, we – HOSTneeded – hereby state the following AUP conditions to come into force for each user signing up for a Semi-Dedicated server account with our hosting services:
Any Semi-Dedicated hosting customer in violation of our system or network security will be subject to criminal and civil liability, as well as immediate account termination. Examples include, but are not limited to the following:
Background processes are not permitted on any of our Semi-Dedicated servers, as they usually lead to CPU overload and can be used for malicious and/or illegal actions. As our primary task is to provide highest quality web hosting service to all our customers, we cannot permit any background processes to be executed and threaten the performance of our server network.
If any Semi-Dedicated server hosting account is found to be causing degradation of the server and/or our hosting network’s performance, regardless of the reason, the account will be subject to suspension or immediate removal, depending on the situation. HOSTneeded will be the sole arbiter in determining whether a given account is excessively using the server resources and/or causing server degradation.
SPAMMING IS PROHIBITED. Users MAY NOT utilize our Semi-Dedicated server hosting services to transmit, distribute or deliver any unsolicited bulk or commercial messages over the Internet (an action known as “spam” or “spamming”).
Spamming is a violation of ethic norms and will be interpreted as an infringement. HOSTneeded will not tolerate the sending of unsolicited bulk or commercial messages through our Semi-Dedicated server server hosting services, as well as through another service that is mentioning, in some way, our customer’s domain name or implies the utilization of our server network or our e-mail services for sending the unsolicited bulk or messages.
SPAMVERTISING IS PROHIBITED. -Spamvertizing’ refers to the practice of sending unsolicited spam messages for the purpose of advertising a particular website.
If such e-mails are relayed through 3rd party (e-mail spoofing) and/or are promoting a domain hosted on our servers, this will lead to immediate account suspension unless an evidence of legitimacy for non-involvement of the domain owner in the particular illegal action is provided.
‘E-mail spoofing’ is a fraudulent e-mail activity in which the sender’s (3td party) e-mail address and other parts of the e-mail header are changed so as to appear that the e-mail has been sent from a different source (e-mail address owner/server).
BLOCK REMOVAL: If Customer actions have caused Company mail servers or Company IP address ranges to be placed on black hole lists and other mail filtering software systems used by companies on the Internet, the Customer will incur a $100 charge to the Customer’s account and $100 per hour for administrative charges incurred to remove and protect mail servers and IP ranges.
MASS MAILINGS: Sending mass unsolicited email is considered spam. Unsolicited email is defined as email sent to a recipient who has not double-opted in to mailings from the Customer. Senders of mass mailings must maintain complete and accurate records of all opt-ins, including the email and its headers if applicable, and provide such records to the Company upon request. If positive and verifiable proof of opt-in cannot be provided, complaints from recipients of the mailing are considered proof they did not subscribe and the mailing is unsolicited.
MAILING LISTS: Company’s mass mailing rules also apply to mailing lists, list servs, or mailing services contracted for by the Customer. The policy is stated as follows: An acceptable mailing list will be focused at a targeted audience that has voluntarily signed up for e-mail information using a double opt-in process or that has made their e-mail address available to the Customer for distribution of information. The list must also allow for automatic removal by all end Customers with non-distribution in the future
CONTENT published or transmitted via HOSTneeded’s Semi-Dedicated hosting services includes website content, email content, forum/blog postings, chat content, and/or any other type of content hosted on our servers, published online or transmitted through our Semi-Dedicated server hosting services.
The user of our Semi-Dedicated server hosting services is NOT permitted to post online content or have links to content that:
Copyrighted material must not be placed on customers’ Semi-Dedicated accounts without the explicit permission of the copyright owner or a person specifically authorized to give such permission by the copyright owner. Upon receipt of a claim for copyright infringement, or a notice of such violation, we will immediately run full investigation and, upon confirmation, will promptly remove the infringing material from the services. Further procedures (in accordance with our stated below corrective measures) will be carried out if necessary. We will assume no liability to any customer of the Semi-Dedicated hosting services for the removal of any such material.
We reserve our right to be the sole arbiter in determining the seriousness of each infringement of this AUP and to immediately take corrective actions.
We will disable the customer’s Semi-Dedicated hosting account if we deem necessary, at our sole discretion. Upon closing of the customer’s account we will send an e-mail notification to the customer, stating the reason for the termination and quoting our terms’ chapter that has been violated. The customer will be given an opportunity to respond and take measures to remedy the situation should he/she consider him/herself abused by a third party. Upon fulfilling of this obligation, we may re-activate the customer’s Semi-Dedicated account, if we find, at our own discretion, sufficient evidence pro customer’s side.
Closed Semi-Dedicated accounts due to repeated violations will not be re-activated. A backup may be requested, however it will be subject to certain penalty fees imposed according to the breach of this AUP terms. The final penalty fee will be determined by the type and frequency of the violations.
If you need to report a violation of this AUP agreement or believe that you or your system has been subject to attack originating from our hosting network, please contact us immediately. Our team will fully investigate the situation and provide you with professional assistance.
We reserve our right to change this AUP at any time, without prior notice. We encourage our Semi-Dedicated hosting users to periodically review this Acceptable Use Policy and our Semi-Dedicated Terms of Service.