Your information is collected via two ways. Firstly, by browsing â€œetherwork.netâ€ will cause the phpBB software to create a number of cookies, which are small text files that are downloaded on to your computerâ€™s web browser temporary files. The first two cookies just contain a user identifier (hereinafter â€œuser-idâ€) and an anonymous session identifier (hereinafter â€œsession-idâ€), automatically assigned to you by the phpBB software. A third cookie will be created once you have browsed topics within â€œetherwork.netâ€ and is used to store which topics have been read, thereby improving your user experience.
We may also create cookies external to the phpBB software whilst browsing â€œetherwork.netâ€, though these are outside the scope of this document which is intended to only cover the pages created by the phpBB software. The second way in which we collect your information is by what you submit to us. This can be, and is not limited to: posting as an anonymous user (hereinafter â€œanonymous postsâ€), registering on â€œetherwork.netâ€ (hereinafter â€œyour accountâ€) and posts submitted by you after registration and whilst logged in (hereinafter â€œyour postsâ€).
Your account will at a bare minimum contain a uniquely identifiable name (hereinafter â€œyour user nameâ€), a personal password used for logging into your account (hereinafter â€œyour passwordâ€) and a personal, valid email address (hereinafter â€œyour emailâ€). Your information for your account at â€œetherwork.netâ€ is protected by data-protection laws applicable in the country that hosts us. Any information beyond your user name, your password, and your email address required by â€œetherwork.netâ€ during the registration process is either mandatory or optional, at the discretion of â€œetherwork.netâ€. In all cases, you have the option of what information in your account is publicly displayed. Furthermore, within your account, you have the option to opt-in or opt-out of automatically generated emails from the phpBB software.
Your password is ciphered (a one-way hash) so that it is secure. However, it is recommended that you do not reuse the same password across a number of different websites. Your password is the means of accessing your account at â€œetherwork.netâ€, so please guard it carefully and under no circumstance will anyone affiliated with â€œetherwork.netâ€, phpBB or another 3rd party, legitimately ask you for your password. Should you forget your password for your account, you can use the â€œI forgot my passwordâ€ feature provided by the phpBB software. This process will ask you to submit your user name and your email, then the phpBB software will generate a new password to reclaim your account.