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Reviewing End-User License Agreements

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Before accepting an end-user license agreement, make sure you understand and are comfortable with the terms of the agreement.

What is an end-user license agreement?

An end-user license agreement (EULA) is a contract between you and the software’s vendor or developer. Some software packages state that by simply removing the shrink-wrap on the package, you agree to the contract. However, you may be more familiar with the type of EULA that is presented as a dialog box that appears the first time you open the software. It usually requires you to accept the conditions of the contract before you can proceed. Some EULAs only apply to certain features of the software, so you may only encounter them when you attempt to use those features.

Unfortunately, many users don’t read EULAs before accepting them. The terms of each contract differ, and you may be agreeing to conditions that you later consider unfair or that expose you to security risks
you didn’t expect.

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