Terms & Conditions - Hosting

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Unauthorized use of other people's accounts or computers

Almond will strongly react to any use or attempted use of an Internet account or computer without the owner's authorization. Such attempts include "social engineering" (tricking other people into releasing their passwords), password cracking, security hole scanning etc.

Any unauthorized use of accounts or computers by a Almond customer, whether or not the attacked account or computer belongs to Almond, will result in action against the attacker. Possible actions include warnings, account suspension or cancellation, and civil or criminal legal action, according to the seriousness of the attack.

Adult Sites

Adult-oriented sites, pornography and sex-related merchandising are prohibited. This includes sites that may infer sexual content of any kind or provide links to adult content elsewhere. We also prohibit sites that provide storage, sale, distribution, hypertext link to, advertisement, promotion or hosting of material that is unlawful, defamatory, obscene, harmful, threatening, harassing, or an intrusion of privacy or publicity rights, or otherwise objectionable.

Child Pornography

The use of Almond's services to store, post, display, transmit, advertise or otherwise make available child pornography is prohibited. Almond is required by law, and will, notify law enforcement agencies when it becomes aware of the presence of child pornography on, or being transmitted through, its services.

Usage of Server Resources

Customer agrees that Customer shall not use excessive amounts of server resources (such as, but not limited to, CPU time & memory usage) on any of Almond's servers. Any violation of this policy may result in corrective action by Almond, including assessment of additional charges, disconnection or discontinuance of any and all Services, or termination of this Agreement, which actions may be taken in Almond's sole and absolute discretion. If Almond takes any corrective action under this section, Customer shall not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid in advance prior to such action.

Users may not initiate the following:

  • Use too much of system resources There are numerous activities that could cause such problems; these include: CGI scripts, FTP, PHP, HTTP, etc.
  • Use no more than 500 MB / day bandwidth by single domain.
  • Run any type of interactive real-time chat applications that require server resources. Remotely-hosted services are fully allowed.
  • Run stand-alone, unattended server-side processes at any point in time on the server. This includes any and all daemons, such as IRCD.
  • Run any software that interfaces with an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) network.
  • Run any gaming servers such as counter-strike, half-life, battlefield1492, etc.

Traffic Policy

Almond allows for very generous traffic, and most sites never exceed 500MB per day, unless they offer shareware, sound, video, image and multimedia archives, are mirror sites or any site whose primary purpose is file distribution. Almond customers are discouraged from storing any files that cause excessive traffic on Almond servers. 99% of the sites do not fall into this category and never reach our traffic limits.

We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason not prohibited by law. Also we reserve the right to terminate service to any customer for any reason not prohibited by law.

Any deliberate attempt to cause damage to Almond or any other Internet servers will result in immediate account deactivation without prior notice. No refund is given in this case.

No mass email marketing or free email businesses allowed

We do not allow mass email marketing sites on our servers. We simply do not allow sites of that nature to be hosted on this shared environment. Sites such as "safe lists" and "free email" are also strictly prohibited. We reserve the right to shutdown such sites, that we consider harmful to the server's performance.

Commercial advertisements with e-mail

Sending unsolicited bulk and/or commercial messages over the Internet (known as "spamming") is prohibited, regardless of whether or not it overloads a server or disrupts service to Almond's customers. The term "spamming" also includes, but is not limited to, maintaining an open SMTP policy, engaging in spamming using the service of another ISP or IPP and referencing in the spam a Web site hosted on a Almond server, and selling or distributing software (on a Web site residing on a Almond server) that facilitates spamming.

Violators will be assessed a minimum fine of $200 and will face immediate suspension. Almond reserves the right to determine, in its sole and absolute discretion, what constitutes a violation of this provision.

Email limits

These limitations apply to ALL email accounts, mailing lists and anything else that you use to send email using your Almond account.

The limits have been introduced in order to clearly define what is permissible and to provide a stable platform for all users. These limits apply to each Reseller Account. The combined total of all email received/sent via your account/mail lists must not exceed these figures:

  • A Maximum of 10 recipients per email is permitted.
  • A Maximum of 100 emails per hour is permitted.
  • A Maximum of 1000 emails per 24 hour period, per reseller user account is permitted.

If your mailings exceed these limits, you are likely to receive the emails back into your inbox as undeliverable.

If your mailing list would / does exceed these limits, then you would need to outsource the list to a 3rd party provider.

Almond no longer hosts sites that deal with mass email type services. Failing to observe the above limits will result in the mail list software being disabled or having your account suspended.

Fraudulent Content

Offering or distributing any fraudulent goods, services, schemes or promotions (e.g. - make money fast schemes, chain-letters, pyramid schemes), or submitting false data on any sign-up form, contract or online application through registration, or any fraudulent use of information obtained through the use of the Plans, including, without limitation, use of credit card numbers, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, or home addresses is strictly prohibited.

Prohibited Sites and links

Almond do not host:

  • Pirated software
  • Hacker programs or archives
  • Warez sites
  • Online gambling
  • Financial sites (such as bank, brokerage) without verification of accreditation and company papers. Company has to be verified by us prior to account activation. Any illegal activity, including adult content, links to adult content web sites, online gambling, spamming or hacking will result in your site being shut down. Almond will be the sole arbiter as to what constitutes a violation of this provision.

Not allowed scripts and applications

IRC software. We do not allow running any IRC related software, programs or services. This includes but not limited to: IRC servers, IRC clients, IRC bouncers, IRC proxy, IRC bots, and other related software.

Background process. We do not allow any kind of background running software, programs or services.

Any kind of proxy server. It is not allowed to run any kind of proxy server whether it is running as a background process, CGI scripts or any other means. This includes all kind of proxy servers for any protocol.

Abuse of Traffic and Storage

Almond customers are privileged to be offered high traffic and large amounts of storage for their web sites. We expect our customers to use these resources in good faith. The intention of Almond is to provide a large space to serve web documents, not an offsite storage area for electronic files. Sites that fall under "storage area" are large archives of images, compressed files, movies, or sound files. Almond allows up to 50 Megs of archive storage per active account, i.e. movies, sound files (including mp3, real audio files), images, compressed files, Real Audio or Video archives etc. we reserve the right to remove the abusive files.

To prevent abuse:

  • Almond's web space must be used as a facility for web hosting only.
  • Almond's storage must not be used as a facility for backup purposes.
  • All non-HTML files must be referenced by HTML files. All web pages (HTML) must be 'linked' with all files (.gif, .jpeg, .exe, etc.) stored on Almond's servers. Web sites that are found to contain no html documents or a number of unlinked files are subject to warning, suspension or cancellation at the discretion of Almond management.

Almond email accounts may not be used for permanent storage of email, and must be cleared periodically. In other words, don't click the "leave mail on server" box found in many popular email clients and/or if You use Webmail delete your email. Almond will remove all emails older than 90 days. Almond will terminate pop3 account if there will be more than 1000 emails in pop3 account. Almond will be the sole arbiter as to what constitutes a violation of this provision. Customer agrees to pay for additional generated transfer over his/her account limit. Customer shall be charged according to our current price list posted on the Hosting page of this web site.

Backups

Resellers and customers are responsible for maintaining their own backups on their own personal computers. Almond does not provide any sort of compensation for lost or incomplete data in the event that backups do not function properly. We will do our best to ensure complete and accurate backups, but assume no responsibility for this duty. Always back your site up to your personal computer! We make no guarantees about the availability of backups.


Almond reserves the right to revise its policies at any time without notice.