What information are you collecting and how are you collecting it?
Every computer connected to the Internet is given a domain name and a set of numbers, that serve as that computer's "Internet Protocol" IP address. When a visitor requests a page from any Web site within the ToolHelp.org Network, our Web servers automatically recognize that visitor's domain name and IP address. The domain name and IP address reveal nothing personal about you other than the IP address from which you have accessed our site. We use this information to examine our traffic in aggregate, and to investigate misuse of the ToolHelp.org Network, its users, or to cooperate with law enforcement. See also Will you disclose the information you collect to outside third parties? We do not collect and evaluate this information for specific individuals. Our Web servers do not record e-mail addresses of the visitors.
What are cookies?
How do you use single-pixel gifs?
ToolHelp.org and its advertisers may use single-pixel gif images, sometimes referred to as or web beacons, to count Web page accesses and gather some general statistical information. ToolHelp.org does not gather personal information through the use of these images. Our advertisers may use single-pixel gifs that can track personal information from cookies that may have been previously placed on a user's computer by an advertiser.
What information do you collect when I register for something?
ToolHelp.org offers access to some services that are free but that may require registration. We may use your registration contact information to send notification of ToolHelp.org products and services by e-mail and/or postal mail. We also may share that information with our clients *provided* you have explicitly chosen to let us do so (opt-in). In such a case our clients may send you promotional material that is related to the topic of the service for which you registered unless you have chosen not to receive it. We may also use your IP address internally and share it with third parties. See Will you disclose the information that you collect to outside third parties?
What other information do you request?
We may also request your e-mail address or mailing address for the purposes of conducting a survey or to provide additional services (for example, subscriptions to e-mail newsletters, announcement lists or information about conferences and trade shows). Whenever we request the identity of a visitor, we will clearly indicate the purpose of the inquiry before the information is requested. We maintain a strict "No-Spam" policy that means that we do not intend to sell, rent, or otherwise give your e-mail address to a third-party, without your consent.
We may from time to time send e-mail announcing new ToolHelp.org products and services. Except as stated above, ToolHelp.org will not send you e-mail that you have not agreed to receive.
When you sign up for an ToolHelp.org forum, your name or alias is recorded solely for purposes of maintaining your own account within the forums. This information is not used to monitor your activity within a forum, nor is it used to identify you outside the ToolHelp.org network in any way.
When you enter a contest or other promotion, we may ask for your name, address, and e-mail address so we can administer the contest and notify winners.
What information do you collect when I purchase something?
If you are purchasing something from an ToolHelp.org media property, we need to know your name, e-mail address, mailing address, credit card number and expiration date. This allows us to process and fulfill your order and to notify you of your order status. This information may also be used by us to notify you of related products and services. Credit card and e-mail information will not be shared or sold to third parties for any purpose without your express permission.
Certain ToolHelp.org media properties use a shopping cart feature that safeguards this information by using industry standard SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encrypted servers. SSL codes the information transferred between you and the server, rendering it unreadable to anyone trying to intercept the information.
Will you disclose the information you collect to outside third parties?
ToolHelp.org will disclose personal information and/or an IP address, when required by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to:
1) Conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on ToolHelp.org,
2) Protect and defend the rights or property of the ToolHelp.org Network of sites and related properties, or visitors to the ToolHelp.org Network of sites and related properties,
3) Identify persons who may be violating the law, the ToolHelp.org legal notice and Web site User Agreement, the rights of third parties, or otherwise misusing the ToolHelp.org Network or its related properties,
4) Cooperate with the investigations of purported unlawful activities.
ToolHelp.org uses reasonable precautions to keep the information disclosed to us secure. ToolHelp.org reserves the right to transfer all such information in connection with the sale of all or part of ToolHelp.org's capital stock or assets. Furthermore, we are not responsible for any breach of security or for any actions of any third parties that receive the information. We are not responsible for such third party privacy policies or how they treat information about their users
See below, What else should I know about my privacy when online?
What else should I know about my privacy when online?
Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online - for example through e-mail, discussion lists, or elsewhere - that information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return.
Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your personal information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you're online.
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