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I've discovered a neighbors invisible prim following me or attaching to me is this against TOS?


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It's... probably not against the TOS to own objects that follow people around. Scripts can do this very easily, and for many innocent reasons.

It IS against Community Standards to cause "harassment", but it's probably hard to argue intent and tiny invisible prims probably aren't very harassing.

What you can do, on your own land, is prevent Object Entry and set-up Auto-Return using World > About Land > Options. It's far more effective to protect yourself against this type of attack, than expect someone to step-in and solve it for you. :)

 

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It's... probably not against the TOS to own objects that follow people around. Scripts can do this very easily, and for many innocent reasons.

It IS against Community Standards to cause "harassment", but it's probably hard to argue intent and tiny invisible prims probably aren't very harassing.

What you can do, on your own land, is prevent Object Entry and set-up Auto-Return using World > About Land > Options. It's far more effective to protect yourself against this type of attack, than expect someone to step-in and solve it for you. :)

 

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First of all, it's not attached to you...it's following you.  You have to accept an object and wear it in order for it to be attached to you, but an object does not need your permission to follow you.  "Follower" objects can be shaken off by teleporting to another region, but they will remain in the region where they are, and start following you again when you return to that region.

If the object "comes back" after you Return it, there are two possibilities.

  1. There is another object owned by that person in your region which is generating the follower objects, or
  2. The person has put the follower object back in your region, and now it's following you again.

In either case, I would ban the object's owner from your land, and Mute them.  Then, as Freya suggests, turn off Object Entry (and limit the ability to rez objects to yourself or your group.)  If you are sure it will not inadvertently return objects, you can also set a short auto-return time on your land.

Follower objects are not against TOS, per se.  However, one likely use of such an object is as a spy on your local chat.  The object can relay local chat it hears to its owner.  This IS against TOS, unless of course you have given your permission.

It sounds as if your neighbor has a "tracker HUD".  These devices are often advertised as a way to track and monitor someone in SL.  They are limited, however.  As I stated earlier, they cannot track you from region to region, only within one region.  And, through a different scripting function, they can show whether you are on line or not.

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Lindal's right.  It's a follower, not an attachment.  It's either a single object that senses when you have returned to the region and homes in on you or it's an object that is spawned new each time that you come back.  In either case, it could be directed at you personally or it could be a generic tracker that is meant to keep track of anyone in the region.  It's also possible that your neighbor is telling you the truth -- that it's a device she picked up somwehere and lost control of.  I have stopped being surprised by the number of people who buy scripted tools and don't have a clue how to use them.  They end up being annoying booby traps.  In any case, it's not necessarily against the TOS, unless it is monitoring your chat.  Trackers are very common in RP regions and, of course, your own viewer has a tracker in the mini-map that shows where you are. If you take reasonable precautions to block object entry, as Lindal and Freya suggest, you should be free of it on your own parcel.

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In addition to preventing object entry, you might also want to consider turning off scripts, or at least  setting them to group members only.   That setting is in the same section as the one to turn off object entry.

This won't affect people's AO s (attachments, if they are properly configured, will continue to run) but will disable the scripts inside these mysterious followers and thus stop them following you and doing whatever else it is they're supposed to do.

 

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