The team at Second Life is dedicated to ensuring you have a safe and fun experience while exploring all that Second Life offers. You will come across many opportunities offered by other users in a virtual world, but not every offer is genuine. The allure of free Linden Dollars, or land for example, can be a tempting one, but as the saying goes: if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
We wanted to take some time today and caution our Residents to be mindful of unsolicited messages that include links asking you to log in or download something from an unknown source. A few months back, we made a post about how to protect yourself from phishing scams: How to Keep Your Account Safe from Phishing Scams.
Our friend, Inara Pey, has recently published a blog which illustrates the need to be very careful when receiving an unsolicited link coming from someone you don't know: https://modemworld.me/2023/11/06/dissecting-the-free-l-viewer-scam-chaser-zaks/
It is important to remember that downloading software from unknown sources has a very real risk associated with it. You could unintentionally allow someone to monitor your keystrokes or even gain complete control over your computer. It has the potential to expose not just your Second Life password, but all other important information you have on your computer.
We want to remind our Residents about best practices for account and computer safety.
- Be wary of suspicious links or attachments sent by other users. These may be attempts to compromise your account or computer.
- Use strong, unique passwords for your Second Life account and enable multi-factor authentication.
- Keep your viewer and operating system up to date to benefit from the latest security patches and improvements.
- Only download and install the official Second Life viewer, or an approved Third-Party viewer directly from the links provided by our site.
We hope that everyone continues to enjoy Second Life, and look forward to our continued safe, and secure explorations together.