To reach its goal of providing the best business class web hosting services to our users, ProperHosting offers users a full range of commercial hosting services. Abuse of these services is considered a violation of our Terms of Service/AUP ("Contract Agreement" You have executed before the service was started.) One of the most serious abuses is using your account to send unsolicited commercial e-mail, otherwise known as "spam." The following are examples of spam and are blatantly contrary to our TOS/AUP.
- Commercial e-mail: Defined as sending unsolicited commercial e-mails. This is prohibited. You are not permitted to use your ProperHosting account or e-mail alias/account of your Virtual Server to send unsolicited commercial e-mail. Using an e-mail address hosted anywhere on ProperHosting servers to collect responses from unsolicited commercial e-mail is prohibited. This includes using a throw-away, free e-mail account to promote your ProperHosting account and redirectors for the same account. Mail Bombing: Defined as sending large volumes of unsolicited e-mail to individuals from your ProperHosting account. This is strictly prohibited.
- Harassment: Defined as sending threatening or harassing e-mail after being requested to stop, is prohibited. Extremely threatening or harassing e-mail never is allowed.
- Newsgroup Spamming: Defined as excessive cross-posting, or posting the same article to several newsgroups. This is prohibited. Generally accepted standards allow no more than 15 newsgroups, or cross-postings, for a single article or substantially similar articles. Such articles may be canceled. You are not allowed to use your ProperHosting based mail facilities to SPAM the newsgroups.
- Off topic or inappropriate postings: There is no restriction on content, except as defined by each newsgroup. Continued posting of off-topic articles is prohibited. Please note that commercial advertisements are off-topic in the vast majority of newsgroups.
Should you violate ProperHosting's SPAM Policies, you WILL be charged $200 per hour for the time it takes us to "clean-up" your SPAM. This shall include but not be limited to the time required to answer e-mail from angry recipients of your SPAM and/or repair of a damaged server due to the "Mail Bombing" or other actions of the angry recipients in retaliation of your SPAM. You will also be charged $20 per gigabyte of data transfer that your SPAM incurred, including bandwidth used by answers to or complaints about your SPAM. We will invoice this amount and should it not be paid, we will take legal action against you in court, and/or we will contact a collection agency to recover the funds. Please note also that it is now considered a crime to send UCE (unsolicited commercial e-mail) as it falls into the category of "junk faxes." ProperHosting will turn over all names and personal information to the proper local, state, federal, and international officials of any person who violates this policy.
We take a very dim view of SPAM. It is one of the most annoying things encountered on the Internet. Any ProperHosting client found to be spamming will have his/her account terminated immediately - no questions asked (we will investigate the report thoroughly before terminating any account). There is no warning or second chance. If we find that you have violated our Acceptable Usage Policy, we will report you and the incident to the proper local, state and federal authorities and will prosecute you to the full extent of the law.
We are not attempting to censor, nor are we attempting to curtail the business of our customers. But as a whole, spamming hurts our members and us more than it helps the one spammer. Do yourself, and us, a favor: PLEASE DON'T DO IT.
If you know of any ProperHosting client that is or might be violating this policy, please send a message or, if possible, forward the SPAM or UCE in full (including headers) to [email protected].