CC User Information
CC Services for Registered Users
CC operates electronic platforms/systems, including web and mobile applications that authorize users such as students, instructors, and at times certain administrators access and use of certain Sites and Services offered by CC and affiliates through our Sites. The material on our Sites and through our Services and/or Affiliate Content includes proprietary and non-proprietary information available to all users of our Sites and Services, but to access and use the Sites and/or Services you will be required to register, enroll, and pay a fee on our Sites. If you register, enroll, and pay a fee to use the Sites and/or Services on behalf of your educational institution, you may be required to agree to additional terms and conditions in connection with the registration process through your institution or through an additional agreement made by CC.
Access to CC Sites and/or Services and/or Affiliate Content
CC and/or our Affiliate Partners make no warranties or representations about the contents of our CC Sites and/or Services and/or Affiliate Content. We are not liable for any interruptions or delays at our CC Sites and/or the Services for whatever the reason. You agree that you use the CC Sites and/or Services and/or Affiliate Content at your own risk. CC Sites and/or Services and/or Affiliate Content are not perfect, and may contain things such as outdated material, technical inaccuracies, typographical errors, punctuation errors, and/or omissions. CC is not responsible for those. CC can make changes, corrections, and/or improvements to our CC Sites and/or Services and/or Affiliate Content at any time without notice.
CC Intellectual Property Rights
You must not: Modify copies of any materials from CC Sites and/or Services and/or Affiliate Content; Use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from the accompanying text; Delete or alter any copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights notices from copies of materials from the CC Sites and/or Services and/or Affiliate Content; Reverse-engineer or otherwise attempt to steal the software code of the CC Sites and/or Services and/or Affiliate Content.
CC Limitation of Use
Only you are to access the CC Sites and/or Services and/or Affiliate Content using only your username and password. If CC believes or has reason to believe you have shared your password information or access for your account or have used the CC Sites and/or Services, or any Affiliate Content in violation of these provisions, we may do any of the following: suspend your account, terminate your account, and/or refuse all use of the CC Sites and/or Services. You agree to not copy, loan, sell, or change any materials from the CC Sites and/or Services and/or Affiliate Content, or transform or remove any proprietary notices, or create or byproduct material. You may not transfer any portion of the CC Sites and/or Services and/or Affiliate Content through electronic means. You may not reverse engineer the CC Sites and/or Services and/or Affiliate Content. You are not to disable or impede any technical and/or other limitations, especially security-related features. You acquire no title or right to any CC Sites and/or Services and/or Affiliate Content except for the limited access license granted to you by registration, enrollment, and payment, and CC reserves all rights and title to the CC Sites and/or Services and/or Affiliate Content.
CC Limitations of Liability
CC Sites and/or Services and/or Affiliate Content may contain links to third-party applications or external websites. These links are not an endorsement by CC. When you access a link or an external website, CC has no control over what services or content it provides. CC rejects all liability arising from the conduct from these external websites, whether legal or illegal.
You agree to hold harmless CC and our officers, instructors, service providers, and all our affiliates against any claims or liabilities, and losses incurred from damages or expenses (including reasonable legal and accounting fees) arising from or relating to your breach of this Agreement or your access to, use, or misuse of the CC Sites and/or Services and/or Affiliate Content. In such case, you agree to cooperate with any reasonable requests assisting our defense of such matter.
CC Sites and/or Services and/or Affiliate Partners will never be liable for any incidental consequences or damages of any kind in relation to lost time or money, good will, or profits, either in tort, contract, or negligence, whether foreseen or unforeseen with respect to use of CC Sites and/or Services and/or Affiliate Content. Never will the liability exceed the fees paid by you to utilize CC Sites and/or Services and/or Affiliate Content, even if advised of such damages. If the law prevents this previous exclusion, CC liability will be limited to the greatest extent of the law.
Couch Courses ensures the appropriate collection, use, sharing, and handling of your personal information. We take the privacy and security of your personal information seriously whether you are a student, agency, vendor, or instructor. Couch Courses may, from time to time, modify the notices of privacy changes to reflect legal, technological, and other developments. The changes will appear here, and you may be notified directly as required by local law.
How Do We Keep Your Information Secure?
We use a secure socket layer, otherwise known as that SSL, so your information is encrypted using the https:// protocol.
Intelligent IP address blocking on our web hosting server detects intruders and blocks them across all sites on all servers within seconds. Monitoring popular points of entry for hackers and immediately locking out any IP address trying to get through. These points include:
Failed SSH Access Attempts
Failed WordPress Login Attempts
Spam WordPress Comments
XMLRPC Connections (which we fully block by default)
Our hosting company uses a variety of techniques to block traffic starting with preventing known malicious IP addresses from opening a session with the server, which is a very severe and immediate action. Another softer layer of security we provide is our proprietary caching ban. This method detects “banned” access attempts and displays a cached page to the visitor stating that their connection has been banned. This method stops the connection at the highest layer of our website hosting software stack and utilizes the fewest server resources while still presenting a user-friendly response. On the rare occasion that a user has forgotten their password and keeps trying dozens of times in just a few minutes, they’ll see a ban page but will be presented with easy, on-screen instructions to get their IP un-banned.
Since banned IP information is shared across sites, we develop a kind of “herd immunity” to malicious actors in real-time as the attacks come in. So our site’s protected from hackers before they even try to attack.
We pride ourselves on keeping the bad guys out of our site’s files and database through the preventative security measures mentioned above. That being said, malware prevention is an ongoing cat and mouse game where systems have to react and adapt to the ever-changing security gaps introduced by third-party plugins, third-party themes, or weak passwords.