Topaz Studio uses your email address to log you into the application, to access our application server. This email address is only referred to at the login point, since this bit of information is converted to an anonymous user GUID for use in our systems. This anonymization protects your privacy. The only time you’ll be identified within the application will occur after you have publicly shared a preset with the Community. For presets shared with the Topaz Studio Community, only your username will be shown. Topaz Studio does not collect any information about you from other applications or web browsers on your machine.
What is a GUID?
GUID (or UUID) is an acronym for ‘Globally Unique Identifier’ (or ‘Universally Unique Identifier’). It is a 128-bit integer number used to identify resources. The term GUID is generally used by developers working with Microsoft technologies, while UUID is used everywhere else.
How unique is a GUID?
128-bits is big enough and the generation algorithm is unique enough that if 1,000,000,000 GUIDs per second were generated for 1 year the probability of a duplicate would be only 50%. Or if every human on Earth generated 600,000,000 GUIDs there would only be a 50% probability of a duplicate.
How are GUIDs used?
GUIDs are used in enterprise software development in C#, Java, and C++ as database keys, component identifiers, or just about anywhere else a truly unique identifier is required. GUIDs are also used to identify all interfaces and objects in COM programming.