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Run Pirates@Home only on authorized computers

Run Pirates@Home 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 Pirates@Home.

How Pirates@Home will use your computer

When you run Pirates@Home 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 Pirates@Home, and when it uses them.

The work done by your computer contributes to the academic nonprofit research being performed by Pirates@Home. The current research is described here. The application programs may change from time to time.

Pirates@Home Privacy policy

Your account on Pirates@Home is identified by a name that you choose. This name may be shown on the Pirates@Home web site, along with a summary of the work your computer has done for Pirates@Home and other BOINC projects. If you want to be anonymous, choose a name that doesn't reveal your identity.

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

To participate in Pirates@Home, you must give an address where you receive email. This address will not be shown on the Pirates@Home web site or shared with organizations. Pirates@Home may send you periodic newsletters; however, you can choose not to be sent these at any time.

Pirates@Home use of browser cookies

The web site for Pirates@Home uses browser cookies to maintain an interactive session between you and the server, and to identify you during that session via your Account Key. If you check the box when you login, then the cookie with your Account Key is kept in your browser even after the session ends, so that you do not need to login again at a later time.

A cookie may also be used to remember your settings for the discussion forums. No other cookies are used by Pirates@Home.

You can still browse the web pages if you have cookies turned off, but you will not be able to inspect or manage your Pirates@Home account unless you enable cookies in your browser.

Is it safe to run Pirates@Home ?

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. Pirates@Home has made efforts to minimize these risks. We have tested our applications carefully. Our servers are configured for high security. To ensure the safety of program downloads, all executable files are digitally signed .


Pirates@Home, Vassar College, and the University of California 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 Pirates@Home.

Other BOINC projects

Other projects use the same platform, BOINC, as Pirates@Home. You may want to consider participating in one or more of these projects. By doing so, your computer will do useful work even when Pirates@Home has no work available for it. However, these other projects are not associated with Pirates@Home, and we cannot vouch for their security practices or the nature of their research. Join them at your own risk.

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