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Run The Lattice Project only on authorized computers

Run The Lattice Project only on computers that you own, or for which you have obtained the owner's permission. Some companies and schools have policies that prohibit using their computers for projects such as The Lattice Project.

How The Lattice Project will use your computer

When you run The Lattice Project on your computer, it will use part of the computer's CPU power, disk space, and network bandwidth. You can control how much of your resources are used by The Lattice Project, and when it uses them.

The work done by your computer contributes to the goals of The Lattice Project, as described on its web site. The application programs may change from time to time.

Privacy policy

Your account on The Lattice Project is identified by a name that you choose. This name may be shown on the The Lattice Project web site, along with a summary of the work your computer has done for The Lattice Project. If you want to be anonymous, choose a name that doesn't reveal your identity.

If you participate in The Lattice Project, information about your computer (such as its processor type, amount of memory, etc.) will be recorded by The Lattice Project and used to decide what type of work to assign to your computer. This information will also be shown on The Lattice Project's web site. Nothing that reveals your computer's location (e.g. its domain name or network address) will be shown.

To participate in The Lattice Project, you must give an address where you receive email. This address will not be shown on the The Lattice Project web site or shared with organizations. The Lattice Project may send you periodic newsletters; however, you can opt out at any time.

Private messages sent on the The Lattice Project web site are visible only to the sender and recipient. The Lattice Project does not examine or police the content of private messages. If you receive unwanted private messages from another The Lattice Project user, you may add them to your message filter. This will prevent you from seeing any public or private messages from that user.

If you use our web site forums you must follow the posting guidelines. Messages posted to the The Lattice Project forums are visible to everyone, including non-members. By posting to the forums, you are granting irrevocable license for anyone to view and copy your posts.

Is it safe to run The Lattice Project?

Any time you download a program through the Internet you are taking a chance: the program might have dangerous errors, or the download server might have been hacked. The Lattice Project has made efforts to minimize these risks. We have tested our applications carefully. Our servers are behind a firewall and are configured for high security. To ensure the integrity of program downloads, all executable files are digitally signed on a secure computer not connected to the Internet.

The applications run by The Lattice Project may cause some computers to overheat. If this happens, stop running The Lattice Project or use a utility program that limits CPU usage.

The Lattice Project was developed by The Laboratory of Molecular Evolution. BOINC was developed at the University of California.

Liability

The Lattice Project and The Laboratory of Molecular Evolution assume no liability for damage to your computer, loss of data, or any other event or condition that may occur as a result of participating in The Lattice Project.

Other BOINC projects

Other projects use the same platform, BOINC, as The Lattice Project. You may want to consider participating in one or more of these projects. By doing so, your computer will do useful work even when The Lattice Project has no work available for it.

These other projects are not associated with The Lattice Project, and we cannot vouch for their security practices or the nature of their research. Join them at your own risk.

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