Promoting World Community Grid

December 17, 2010

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Privacy and security:

Privacy & security
World Community Grid assures Members that applications will not damage their systems or invade their privacy in any way. Our agent runs unobtrusively in the computing background and is not invasive. It cannot detect or change any other files or material on Members machines. It can only update project-specific data in its own files.

World Community Grid Members will always be told what projects they are running. They also will have access to Web pages outlining which organizations are providing the project applications and explaining those projects. Members always have the option of opting out of a project.

Members will be able to control how much of their system resources are used by World Community Grid and will be given user preference options on a wide range of factors, including:

1) Whether the program runs as a screensaver or an application
2) When computation and communication can be done
3) Whether connections should be made automatically
4) Which proxies and firewall settings to use

To protect Member privacy, Members are asked to create a member name when they install the World Community Grid Software. This member name is maintained in the Member profile and used to identify each member on the World Community Grid web site and on any scoreboards.

There are security risks in every application downloaded from the Internet, period. However, we take security very seriously at World Community Grid. We have a comprehensive system of technology and policies to protect you, your computer, and the data running on it. The measures that we use include, but are not limited to, virus scanning all of our build environments, digitally signing information sent to the World Community Grid Agent, encryption both of locally stored files and files sent to the World Community Grid Agent, and biometric access control to the World Community Grid servers. We do everything we can to keep both the World Community Grid Agent and our server systems as secure as possible.


More about Member policy, privacy and security issues could be found at



Ranjit Nilacanta Venkata