How we use this information?
In a slightly different order, the terminal type tells us what special characters (escape codes) to send to your computer so that your screen formats properly. Since this is connect session specific information we ask it all the time, but you can set your own default by using the shortcut command [g terminal].
You login name is how the Internet knows who you are. It is publicly available information, readable from the password file along with your real name. If you know enough about Unix, which is the operating system that runs Chebucto's Sun Sparc 20, you can find users on any system that you have a login account. My sites, like ours, also make this information available to all users of the Internet.
Your password is a secret exchange of information between you and the Unix operating system. It is stored encrypted so that not even I can find out what it is. The choice of password is up to you, but the system itself won't let you pick one that is "guessable" - based on many years of Internet experience. The way some users pick a password is available from the Chebucto Help Desk.
Once your login name and password are entered, Chebucto reports to the world you are who you say you are. We have verified it with the registration and you have signed the Chebucto User Agreement. Everything that happens thereafter is in your name. If mail is sent out or a news posting is made, it is in your name. If the Internet gets 'spammed' or 'mail bombed', you did it.
With the increased commercialization of the Internet, products can be ordered. I hope they didn't get a look at your charge card, too!
We have also received some requests from families to share an account. Metro*CAN policy is that it is one user per account. We have good reasons.
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