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Red zone and Imprudence


Jenni Genira
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Redzone's creator was banned from SL and Redzone should no longer exist, so there shouldn't be anything to worry about.  The Phoenix viewer opens a little dialog box if you have your parcel media turned on and enter a new parcel where streaming media is active.  I assume that most of the other viewers do too now.  You have the option to Accept or Deny the media stream, or to permanently blacklist or whitelist it.  That window is a response to residents' concerns about IP snoopers.  If Redzone or anything else tries to determine your IP address by seeing where the stream is being sent, that should stop it.

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Just to make sure: Whenever you play media or use shared media aka media on a prim, your IP will be send to whatever address you are browsing and sets you at risk of getting datamined. So this is not only restricted to RedZone, because practically everyone offering a stream or similar can track you IP.

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True, but if you have set up your computer configuration correct, they won't be able to datamine you. In SL however, you can create a dynamic URL with LSL scripts that invoke a URL transmitting data to identify you, for instance your UUID. Getting back to RedZone which was asked in the original question: RedZone made the assumption that IP addresses do not change and assumed that when another avatar with the same IP address contacts the RedZone servers it was an alt.

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Oh yeah, redzone was rubbish in the first place because of all the false-positives, let alone move to a public wifi spot and give it a false-negative. What got them banned was the misuse though, not the logging.

:-) And the very reason for a lot a lot of features in browsers and other stuff is that any site can, very much, be the start of a data-mine. It doesn't have to store a cookie on your computer, it just has to 'phone home' with the fact you've visited; *bang* another hit against your IP address.

Opinion is divided on all this though - the "tracking is bad" camp includes just about everyone who knows about it. "Tracking is good" gets support from sociopath advertising agencies. "Don't know" belongs to ... er, probably 90% of people who know nothing about the issue at all ... and politicians who are bribed not to take the advertising companies to court.

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