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What is E-Prime Check for Updates?
E-Prime Check for Updates introduces the ability for E-Studio to check the web (www.pstnet.com) for updates to the E-Prime software. When E-Prime Check for Updates checks the web for updates, it requires that certain information is sent to PST including details about the machine and E-Prime software. This is to determine if an update to the E-Prime system is necessary.
Why is the information necessary to be sent to E-Prime Check for Updates?
The primary reason to send this information is to provide the most personalized results of the machine running E-Prime. For example, if an update is not deemed necessary for the operating system, then a prompt would not occur to obtain the update.
Additionally, the version of the currently installed E-Prime system is sent so the check determines if the most recent version of E-Prime is on the machine. A prompt would not occur if the most recent version is already on the machine. If something specific to your machine configuration is found, it is most beneficial to update the machine(s) in which the updates are necessary.
How is the information sent to E-Prime Check for Updates? Is E-Prime Check for Updates secure?
E-Prime Check for Updates uses the HTTPS secure protocol to send the information to the Check for Updates web services. This secure protocol uses the exact security certificate technology used in online banking and order processing. The Psychology Software Tools SSL certificates are issued by Thawte and use the best encryption technologies allowed by law.
Are any personal information about me or my machine being sent to E-Prime Check for Updates?
Although it is possible that some personal identifying information can be sent, the information is sent via the most secure methods available currently under law.
In no way does E-Prime Check for Updates purposely search for items such as bank information, credit card numbers, or email addresses. The main area where personal information is likely to be sent is when the "Send Machine Configuration Details When Querying for updates" option is selected. When sending the machine configuration details, the PST-specific branches of the registry are sent and include the name/institution used when E-Prime was installed. Please see the sections below on the information that is collected and how it possibly could contain personal information.
What information is sent when the "Send basic details when Checking for Updates" is checked?
Windows 10 Version 1709 (OS Build 16299.611)
E-Prime's Serial number
E-Prime / Installed Extensions versions
E-Prime 3.0 (220.127.116.11) / E-Prime Extensions for fMRI 3.0 (18.104.22.168)
What information is sent when the "Send machine configuration details when Checking for Updates" is checked?
|E-Prime Serial Number||XXX-XXXXXXX-XXXXXXXX|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Version 1709 (OS Build 16299.611)|
|Manufacturer and Model||Microsoft Surface Pro|
|CPU||Intel® Core™ i7-7700 CPU @ 3.60 GHz|
|Memory||8.0GB System Memory|
|DirectX||Description about Display/Sound adapters in machine with information about capabilities of adapters, driver file/date|
|Registry||HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Psychology Software Tools|
|File||C:\Program Files (x86)\PST file versions/dates|
I don't want any information sent, how can I disable E-Prime Check for Updates?
- Open E-Studio.
- Navigate to the Tools...Options menu.
- Navigate to the Updates tab.
- Uncheck the "Routinely check for updates to E-Prime on the web and prompt when they become available" option.
Additionally, upon first run of E-Studio after E-Prime is installed a prompt to turn on/off E-Prime Check for Updates appears. E-Prime Check for Updates can be disabled at that time.
I am unable to change the settings to E-Prime Check for Updates.
If the options to E-Prime Check for Updates are disabled or greyed out, then consult your network administrator about enabling/disabling E-Prime Check for Updates. Please contact E-Prime Technical Support or your network administrator if this is not reflective of your network policies.
In some instances outside of the standard installation of E-Prime, your license agreement indicates that certain portions of E-Prime Check for Updates are required.
GETTING STARTED: E-Prime Check for Updates