Rules and policies

Run SETI@home Beta only on authorized computers

Run SETI@home Beta 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 SETI@home Beta.

How SETI@home Beta will use your computer

When you run SETI@home Beta 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 SETI@home Beta, and when it uses them.

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

Privacy policy

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

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

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

Private messages sent on the SETI@home Beta web site are visible only to the sender and recipient. SETI@home Beta does not examine or police the content of private messages. If you receive unwanted private messages from another SETI@home Beta 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 SETI@home Beta 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 SETI@home Beta?

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. SETI@home Beta 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 SETI@home Beta may cause some computers to overheat. If this happens, stop running SETI@home Beta or use a utility program that limits CPU usage.

SETI@home Beta was developed by University of California. BOINC was developed at the University of California.

Liability

SETI@home Beta and 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 SETI@home Beta.

Other BOINC projects

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

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


 
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SETI@home and Astropulse are funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, and donations from SETI@home volunteers. AstroPulse is funded in part by the NSF through grant AST-0307956.