Acceptable Use Policy
Virtual Web Designs has created this Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for hosting customers to protect our resources, and the resources of our customers and peering networks in order to provide a high speed network, high availability services and to ensure that Virtual Web Designs complies with all relevant UK laws. This AUP must be read in conjunction with our Terms and Conditions.
It is the responsibility of all customers of the Virtual Web Designs network and services to ensure that they comply with the latest edition of the AUP at any given time.
This AUP may be revised, without notice, at any time, at the sole discretion of Virtual Web Designs. Completion of the relevant application form, or connection to the service for the first time, is deemed to be an agreement to our Terms and Conditions and this AUP.
In the event of a breach of this policy, Virtual Web Designs reserve the right to terminate all or part of any service with immediate effect, without recompense, and delete any files held on our servers.
If you have any questions about any of our policies, please contact us.
Compliance with UK Law
It is an offence under UK law to transmit, receive or store certain types of files.
Customers may not use our services to engage in activities, or store, transfer or receive material of an indecent, offensive or otherwise illegal nature. Any such activities may result in prosecution by the UK authorities under the relevant Criminal Acts including but not limited to the Computer Misuse Act 1990, the Protection of Children Act 1978, the Criminal Justice Act 1988 and the Prevention of Harassment Act 1997.
It is also a criminal offence under UK law to knowingly infringe intellectual property rights, such as copyright, patents, database rights and registered trade marks. Customers are reminded that sharing copyright material through the use of peer to peer software may consequently constitute a criminal offence if done without permission of the right owner in question. Virtual Web Designs will co-operate with any agency or rights holder wishing to assert their rights in these matters and Virtual Web Designs reserve the right to withdraw service under such circumstances.
The Data Protection Act 1998 imposes numerous duties on any organisation that processes personal data relating to third parties. Failure to comply with many of these duties constitutes a criminal offence. Customers who are not merely processing personal data for domestic (including recreational) reasons are reminded of their likely duty to register with the Information Commissioner.
Under the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002, Virtual Web Designs is in general not liable to any criminal or pecuniary penalty for any unlawful acts carried out using our service unless we have actual knowledge of those unlawful acts. Accordingly, if we become aware of credible evidence that a customer has carried out any unlawful acts we will take preventative measures to bring those acts to an end.
Compliance with foreign law
The Internet is global in reach. Consequently it is possible for anyone using the internet to break the laws of foreign countries. Customers are therefore advised to take all reasonable steps to avoid breaching relevant foreign laws.
Warranties and Disclaimers
Our service warranties and the extent of our liability are explained fully in our Terms and Conditions.
By connecting to the Virtual Web Designs network, Customers agree to hold Virtual Web Designs harmless in the event of any legal claim regarding our services.
Customers acknowledges that they have a responsibility to ensure that their connection is not used in an irresponsible manner. Virtual Web Designs deem irresponsible use of the services to include, but not be limited to, sending unsolicited e-mail ("spamming"), attempting to breach the security of a 3rd party machine, flooding Usenet by placing a single post in a large number of newsgroups, and if a service with unlimited or uncapped data usage is abused to the extent that it detrimentally affects other customer's services.
In the event that a customer's services are used for any purpose that Virtual Web Designs deem irresponsible then Virtual Web Designs reserve the right to suspend service while the usage is investigated in consultation with the customer. Should investigation determine that the service has been used irresponsibly, Virtual Web Designs reserve the right to terminate the customer's account with immediate effect. Wherever possible the customer will be notified in advance of any termination.
Security and privacy
Login names and passwords must be kept secret and not be communicated to any third party. Virtual Web Designs must be notified immediately if they are compromised. If a customer forgets or loses their password, they will need to contact support to have it changed.
Customers are responsible for all traffic that is sent from their server. It is therefore the customer's responsibility to ensure that all software is virus-free and up-to-date with all relevant security patches. In particular, server software running on public-facing ports, such as mail servers and proxy servers, must not be remotely exploitable.
If Virtual Web Designs find malicious traffic emanating from a customer's server, Virtual Web Designs have an obligation to our other customers and peering networks to take urgent measures to block that traffic. In many cases, this can be achieved by selective port blocking, but in other cases, this will involve disconnecting and suspending the account until the issue has been resolved. Virtual Web Designs understand that in many cases a customer may not be responsible for or aware of the problem, and therefore Virtual Web Designs will work with the customer to resolve the issue as efficiently as possible to restore normal service.
Customers may not use Virtual Web Designs services to send unsolicited commercial e-mail (UCE, also known as 'Spam'). Virtual Web Designs will block the mail services of any customer found to be sending such mail.
Customers may not have 'open mail relays'. Virtual Web Designs will close the relay or connection of any customer found with an open mail relay.
Opt-in mailing lists are allowed, where it can be proved that subscribers did opt-in and that a suitable opt-out mechanism is available.
Virtual Web Designs reserve the right to remove any mail older than 60 days from shared mail servers. It is the customer's responsibility to ensure that mail is regularly collected and removed from Virtual Web Designs' POP3 server. Virtual Web Designs strongly advise against the use of the POP3 option to keep mail on the server. If a POP3 mailbox contains an excessive amount of mail, Virtual Web Designs reserve the right to remove older mails from the mailbox to reduce its size.
If Clients have not logged into any mailbox provided by Virtual Web Designs within a 6 month period this may result in the deletion of the mailbox.
By uploading to the services, the customer will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to the Terms and Conditions of use of the Web space service.
The Customer will be responsible for the content of their website, including obtaining the legal permission for any works they include and ensuring that the contents of these pages do not violate UK law. Virtual Web Designs reserve the right, without notice or explanation, to remove material which does not comply with this AUP or our Terms and Conditions, such as material of an adult nature or pirated software.
Virtual Web Designs reserve the right to suspend any or all of the service at any time, without prior notice, explanation, or recompense.
Customers will be held solely responsible for any defamatory, confidential, secret or other proprietary material made available via their website. Virtual Web Designs reserve the right to suspend any sites containing such material. Customers must be careful when using peer to peer networking software to ensure that they do not download or transfer material which they do not have the right to download or transfer.
You may not use our services in any way that would disrupt, impair, or interfere with our servers or with other customers' use and enjoyment of our services. This includes, but is not limited to, employing applications such as Shoutcast and Minecraft utilities that consume excessive CPU time, memory or storage space. Any file you store on the Server will be reachable via a hyperlink from a page. Chat/IRC, web proxy and mailing list scripts are not allowed on our network under any circumstances. Streaming media can be a drain on web server resources and as such is not allowed. CGI based message forums which use flat file databases are often found to use excessive system resources, to avoid disappointment please use a PHP/ASP message forum. The use of web cam applications that maintain a constant FTP connection uploading an image at regular intervals is forbidden.
Should your use of our services result in an overly high load on our servers in our sole discretion, we may suspend your account until the cause of any such overload is determined and resolved, or we may terminate your account if we believe that the situation cannot be satisfactorily resolved. Abuse of an "unlimited" service (e.g. bandwidth or hosting) to the extent that it detrimentally affects other customers' services will be treated in the same manner, such abuse to be assessed and decided upon at Virtual Web Designs's sole discretion. We ask customers who intend to use high volumes of data to first discuss their requirements with our Support Team.
Login names and passwords must be kept secret and not communicated to any third party, except for agencies, such as Webpage designers, working on the customer's behalf. Virtual Web Designs must be notified immediately if they are compromised. If someone were to gain access to a customer's account password, they could tamper with files held on the customer's website.
The customer has sole responsibility for ensuring that any data is suitably backed-up. Virtual Web Designs will not keep backups of customers' websites. Virtual Web Designs will accept no responsibility whatsoever for loss of data or information resulting from the use of this service.
If the account is suspended for any reason, such as non-payment, access to the customer's website, both for viewing and uploading, may also be suspended.
On closing an account, the relevant data on this Web space will be deleted.
Attempted security breaches
Any attempt to breach the security of any machine is forbidden. Attempting to do so will result in immediate account termination and possible further legal action. Users may not run any program that monitors network packet data or any program that compromises the privacy of network traffic.
It should be noted that attempting to breach security may lead to prosecution under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 or any other relevant criminal legislation.
Attempts to circumvent copy protection technology and encryption are also likely to be illegal under the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended).
Customers may not mount an attack, by whatever means, against our system, or any other systems. Customers may not run unauthorised mailing lists from or through any of our machines or mail servers.
Any IP addresses assigned to customers are owned by Virtual Web Designs.
Using the Services for any activity which adversely affects the ability of other people or systems to use Virtual Web Designs Services 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, network services or network equipment is prohibited. It is the Customers responsibility to ensure that their network is configured in a secure manner. A Customer may not, through action or inaction, allow others to use their network for illegal or inappropriate actions. A Customer 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