This is a very basic TOS and it's way more than 1024. (Also there's another suggestion for the same thing, the title of this particular suggestion is very poor. Anyway, something like below is what I was trying to put in when I discovered the limitation and went WTF. There is not a legal disclaimer on earth that fits in 1024 characters. Also, if someone is trying to connect to my hotspot, and I have to link them to an external TOS, they can't actually get to it since they haven't accepted the terms yet. So it creates a catch 22.
WARNING: This free service is an open network provided for your convenience and its use is at your own risk. It is available to the general public at some City facilities, and is NOT INHERENTLY SECURE. The providers cannot and do not guarantee the privacy of your data and communication while using the service.
There are potentially serious security issues with any computer connected to the Internet without the appropriate protection, ranging from viruses, worms and other programs that can damage the user's computer, to attacks on the computer by unauthorized or unwanted third parties. By using this service, you acknowledge and knowingly accept the potentially serious risks of accessing the Internet over an unsecured network. It is recommended that users take steps to protect their own computer system, such as installing current anti-virus software and maintaining appropriate firewall protection. For further information on how to protect yourself on this open network, consult a security professional.
You acknowledge and agree that YOUR USE OF THIS SERVICE IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.
By using the Service, you also agree to all terms set forth in the following Disclaimer.
Service provided "AS IS." This Service provides access to the Internet on an "as is" basis with all risks inherent in such access. The providers of the Service make no warranty that the Service or that any information, software, or other material accessible on the Service is free of viruses, worms, trojan horses or other harmful components. By connecting, the user acknowledges and accepts the risks associated with public access to the Internet and public use of an unsecured wireless network. No technical support will be provided to users of the Service.
Service provided "AS AVAILABLE." The Service is provided on an "as available" basis without warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, that the Service will be unrestricted full internet access, uninterrupted or error-free, including but not limited to vagaries of weather, disruption of service, acts of God, warranties of title, noninfringement, NOR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. No advice or information given by the providers, affiliates, or contractors of the service or their respective employees shall create such a warranty.
Indemnity. Under no circumstances shall the providers of the Service, or affiliates, agents, or contractors thereof, be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive or consequential damages that result in any way from user's use of or inability to use the Service or to access the Internet or any part thereof, or user's reliance on or use of information, services or merchandise provided on or through the Service, or that result from mistakes, omissions, interruptions, deletion of files, errors, defects, delays in operation, or transmission, or any failure of performance.
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the providers of the Service, including affiliates, agents, and contractors thereof, from any claim, liability, loss, damage, cost, or expense (including without limitation reasonable attorney's fees) arising out of or related to your use of the Service, any materials downloaded or uploaded through the Service, any actions taken by you in connection with your use of the Service, any violation of any third party's rights or a violation of law or regulation, or any breach of this agreement.
I agree. I came here to make this same suggestion. a limit of 1024 characters does not give you enough text to create an adequate legal disclaimer for a public hot spot that needs to be provided as-is and the appropriate indemnity clauses and such. I would think it should be able to handle a couple pages of text just like any other Terms of Service legal agreement.
I'm adding this small tidbit because a Sophos employee I was discussing this with recently did not know what CPANEL was. Cpanel (or Cpanel/WHM) is a commercial web hosting platform that is Linux based. It's a powerful hosting and management platform and is one of the most widely used hosting platforms out there. Many hosting providers use Cpanel, and when you host through them, you get a CPANEL based control panel for your website. For example Godaddy and Hostgator both provide cpanel controlled web hosting.Marvin Huffaker shared this idea ·