Fair Usage Policy


What is an acceptable use policy (AUP)?

An Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), sometimes called a Fair Use Policy, is a set of rules that defines what may or may not be done with the assets and data within a website, network, or service. It is created by the owner, creator or administrator to guide end-users, subcontractors, and agents.


While we provide our services to you for certain legitimate purposes, there are certain purposes for which you should not use our services under any circumstances. This policy describes what you cannot do with our services. We trust you as our customer and person of integrity to abide by this policy, but if you breach the policy or help others to do so – we may suspend or terminate your use of the services.


In this policy, the following words have the following meanings:

Content: means any submissions made to the website, whether public or private, including messages or comments on the content of other users;
Policy: means this acceptable use policy;
Services: means the web services offered by us on or through the website;
Website means the website located at https://hostcow.co.za; and
System: means any network, computer or communications system, software application, or network or computing device.


You are responsible for your conduct, profile, and content on the website. You understand that your actions could have consequences, and may result in criminal or civil liability. We do not endorse, take any responsibility, or accept liability for your actions.

Prohibited content

You may not use, or help others to use, the website for any illegal or harmful purposes, including:

Illegal content – including sharing or advertising child pornography or content that infringes the intellectual property rights of others (such as their copyright or trademarks), inciting or encouraging harm against others, or conducting or advertising illegal transactions (such as selling drugs or promoting unlicensed gambling);

Fraudulent content – including offering, sharing or promoting false information relating to goods, services, or schemes, or otherwise misleading others in a way that is harmful or illegal;

Abusive content – including content that is defamatory or vulgar, infringes another’s right to privacy (such as their personal information), or is otherwise unreasonably or objectionable; or

Destructive content – including content or software designed for the purpose of malicious damage to computers, systems, or data, or to control or otherwise access any of these things.

The following services are prohibited on our platform/network:
– gaming servers

– torrents

– proxies

– VPN services

– tunnels

– gateways

– streaming

– crypto / mining – of any kind

Prohibited conduct

You may not use, or help others to use, the website or its services to interfere with the connections or security of networks, systems, or other users including:

Unauthorized access – including accessing or attempting to access a network, system or user’s profile without permission;
Surveillance – including the surveillance of any data on a network, system or user’s profile without permission;
Intentional harm – including intentionally damaging the structure or efficient working of a network, system or user’s profile through physical or electronic means (such as Denial of Service attacks);
Spam – including sending or promoting unsolicited mass electronic communications without permission;
Data manipulation – including the malicious and fraudulent altering of any data on or sent by a network, system, or user’s profile without permission; or
System manipulation – including the malicious and fraudulent alteration of a network, system, or user’s profile without permission.

Investigation and enforcement

We will investigate any breach of this policy. During and after an investigation, we can alter or remove any content that breaches this policy, or share this content or related information with any relevant third party, including other users or law enforcement agencies. This section applies to any agreements that you have with us.

Your duty to report breaches

You agree to notify us of any breach of this policy, via email or any other reporting process that we have set up.


HostCow has the discretion to update this fair usage policy at any time. When we do, we will: post a notification on the main page of our Site, revise the updated date at the bottom of this page, send you an email. We encourage Users to frequently check this page for any changes to stay informed about how we are helping to protect the personal information we collect. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this privacy policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

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