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Why You Should Read User Agreements and Terms of Service
Every time you click a box on a form that says, "I Agree", it means that you are agreeing to the Terms of Service (user agreement). These user agreements appear all over the place, like when install software or when you sign up for a service like your Internet Service Provider. Many Web sites have a user agreement that you automatically agree to, just by using their Web site. User agreements are typically very long and contain very dry, legal terms that aren't very fun to read. Reading them is time-consuming but you really should because you may be agreeing something that you don't want to.
Although, in some instances these User Agreements may not hold up in court, most are legally binding. Of course, if the User Agreement said "by using this software or Web site, you agree to sign over your life savings" it probably wouldn't hold up in court but you could end up with extra charges that you are responsible for, signing up for piles of spam or even a company using your computer to perform other customers calculations. The only way to know what you are agreeing to is to read what you are virtually signing.
You Can't Change User Agreements, So Why Bother Reading Them?
Different Types of User Agreements
I agree that reading the user agreements is boring but you never know what they may contain, so you should read them. Taking the time to do it before you install or use a service may save a lot of aggravation down the road.
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