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Using the latest technology, I ensure that your copy of The Monkey is a genuine copy. To do this, The Monkey needs occasional access to the Internet. However, it also has a number of great benefits for you too.


Why?
With good reason, most computers users are very wary of the information that's passed over the internet from their PC. It's a sad fact of life, that there will always be people out there who try to make a quick buck by exploiting others, and the Internet simply opened up more doors for these kind of people.

As a software vendor, I too come under attack from software crackers trying to break my software so that they can distribute it illegally. So, to try and combat this, I have employed the latest technology that ensures that your copy of our software is a genuine copy. It also has a number of benefits for you too.

I'm totally open how this system works as I believe this openness is the key to a good relationship between any company and its customers.

How does it work?
When you start The Monkey, The Monkey makes a 'call' to a security website to see if your copy of The Monkey is valid. If it's a legal copy, then you're allowed to use the software. If it's not, then The Monkey simply will not run.

The only information that is sent, is information directly related to your use of The Monkey. Nothing else - Period. You can read a full, simple and clear explanation of exactly how this software protection system works and what information is sent, here:

www.copyminder.com/privacy.php

Still not acceptable?
For some people, even this is not acceptable and I understand that too. For this reason, I offer you the facility to install The Monkey manually. This means there is absolutely no internet access required from your PC at all.

Did you know...
Without you probably realizing it, your computer makes many conversations to the Internet already. For example, your Anti-Virus program and MSN (the instant messaging service) and also your email program. In fact, a lot of programs these days require, and do access the Internet but they seldom choose to tell you when they are doing so. In your Windows package, you will probably have a Firewall installed by default. This Windows Firewall will attempt to block access to your PC from unauthorized access from the Internet, however, it does little to stop information leaving your PC. If you really want to know how many programs from your PC are trying to access the Internet, get a free copy of the award winning Zone Alarm. This brilliant firewall program will ask you first if a particular program or service on your PC is allowed to 'talk' to the Internet. You will be amazed at how many programs and services are already trying to do this without your knowledge or permission.

Why do you need to know?

Because it's your personal information and in my opinion, nobody has the right to send information from your PC without you knowing. Simple. I hope my openness on this subject, telling you exactly what is going on, gives you some idea of how seriously I take your your concerns over privacy whilst using my products or services. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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