Way back, I wrote a post from the point of view of the housebreaker...the poor homeless noob who comes across a luxurious home standing vacant, just packed with toys to play with. Today, I'm going to write from the opposite point of view...the home owner who is disturbed by a naked newbie popping in during a romantic interlude and insisting on joining in. What can you do to prevent this unwanted intrusion? (Some earlier thoughts on this can be found in my post, "Privacy")
There is NO real privacy in SL, and locks on doors are only for fun,
not for real deterrence. But there are some security features you can
employ, and some actions you can take.
Ban lines. In About
Land/Access tab, if you uncheck the public access box, yellow "police
tape" ban lines will surround your property and roof it over at 50
meters. You and people on your Access List will not see them, and be
able to enter your parcel. I don't like ban lines. They ugly up the
landscape and prevent innocent people who just want to pass over or
through your land from doing so. But it is one option.
systems. You can get many types of "security orbs" from the
Marketplace, some of them free. I don't like these either...they can be
tricky to set up, and you have to make sure they are not affecting
people OUTSIDE your parcel or you can be reported for abuse. This is especially critical when neighbors are close together, as they are in the Linden Home areas.
Ban lines and security orbs only prevent physical intrusion. People
can still move their cameras inside your house and look at you. In
About Land/Options tab, un-check the box "make avatars and chat visible
to people outside my parcel". People outside your parcel will still be
able to see a blip from you on their radars, but cannot see you or hear
your local text chat. (And you cannot see or hear them either.)
can also limit voice chat and gesture sounds to your parcel with the
Sound tab of About Land. And of course, IMs (text and voice) are always
Open access poseballs: Many pieces of scripted
furniture allow the owner to set them to "group access only". You and
your partner will have to wear the correct group tag to use them, but no
one else can. (You may need to create a private little group to use
this feature. That's another topic!)
As I said, I don't like any of
these methods much. We are only in SL a few hours a day, and it seems
uncharitable to block off a bit of it for all the hours we are not
there. Besides, people can't actually take or damage any of your
stuff. But there is a very effective method of dealing with intruders
when you ARE home: The eject and ban function.
Right click an
intruder on your parcel. Select Eject. You will get a menu with
choices to eject, ban, or eject AND ban. I generally select the last
one. Poof! They are tossed out of your home and can not get back in
unless you remove them from the parcel ban list.
all that's needed. If they were extremely rude or did some nasty
griefing while they were there, you could Abuse Report them, but in the
usual run of things, it's a case of overkill.
I teach a class on
Avatar Safety on Saturdays at 12 noon SL time, at Caledon Oxbridge University. We cover all this and many more Second Life hazards, and
the class is free. I hope to see you there!
(Thanks to RickerR Resident for providing the inspiration for this entry!)