Saturday, January 30, 2010

Security and Privacy in SL?

While exploring places in SL this morning trying to find places blog-worthy, my partner and I encountered some difficulty with stepping over someone's security orb. Keep in mind that this place is listed in the Hot Spots of the SL search. One would think that highlighted builds to visit would have a requirement of being public access.

The owner was upset because we were booted three times. Well, if I'm booted and I fly and the security orb covers the area above where I was ejected from, it will probably boot me a few times. Even as an experienced avie in SL, I have to figure out where I can go.

We flew to the other side of the build and cammed in and sat. We didn't get a warning, so we figured it was okay to be there. Wrong. The owner appeared and was not pleased.

To be fair, I have to admit that I had a private apartment in my previous castle that housed Effie's Designs. But, that also gave me insight of how to do security right.

There is no privacy in SL.

Unless you own an island and have the land set for no public access, there really is no privacy in SL. You can put up ban lines, place security orbs, and hang signs; however, there always seems to be a way to get around things like the camera's ability to go most everywhere.

Most people are good.

Because of being a veteran builder in SL, I have very good camera skills and use the cam and sit procedure (especially in laggy places). That does not mean that when I do these things I am trying to be malicious. Most people care about others feelings and will not go where they are not welcome.

Also, relax about avies showing up on your private property. What can they really do there? Sit on a pose ball? Unless you have build abilities turned on or give them your building rights, avies visiting your property cannot do much of anything except look.

I had a number of newbies show up. All they did was marvel at how beautiful my castle was. I was kind and gracious and slipped in how this was my private apartment. I tried to make the encounter not traumatic for them because I hoped that one day they would come back as customers. I happen to know that few did come back.

How security/privacy should work.

Try not to mix public access with private areas. Keeping your private areas separate gives you land controls to set security.

If you do want or need to have private areas on a public lot, here are some ideas to help it work:

1. Put up great signage. Outside the doors to my apartment, I put up signs that said "Effie's Apartment - Please respect her privacy." People react in a more positive way to signs rather than just being booted by a security system.

2. Know what your security system is covering. Read the instructions. Rez prims to measure and know exactly that is being covered by the system. If your system does not cover all areas to be off limits, know that avies may show up there.

3. Put private areas behind a locked door. If avies miss the signage, the locked door is an indicator that they are not welcome in an area. Again, people would rather encounter a locked door rather than all of a sudden being ejected from the property.

4. If avies do show up on your property, be gracious until you know that the visit has malintent.

Of course, these are all my views of security/privacy in SL. If you have other ideas, please feel free to comment.


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Rock the Castle 5 - Come Party!

We are going to start Rocking the Castle again at Effie's Designs! We have three great Rock artists on tap this week. Hmmm... you know Colt Arun as a country crooner? Well, you're in for a surprise! Colt can rock with the best of them!

I hope to see you there. Here is the info:

CLICK HERE to join the party! (Snow Crash 38 111 46)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Arcachon - A French Seaside

About a week ago, I discovered a beautiful French seaside called Arcachon. Arcachon is made to resemble the seaside resort in the south of France by the same name.

The teleport point lands you in the small, quaint village square complete with a center park graced with a fountain, Mayor's office, cafe, and church. From the town square, you can take a balloon ride to get an overview of the sites.

As well as beauty, this harbor town has many activities to enjoy. Take a relaxing boat ride in the harbor, take a tour on a scooter, hang glide through the skies, horseback ride over the different terrains, speed through the waters on a jet ski, and more! A few surprises are in store for you along the way such as the falling pine cones in the forest.

Whether you want to just enjoy the beach, explore this fascinating place, or find some activities to do, Arcachon has it all for you.

Additional pictures and information in French for Arcachon can be found on the Arcachon blog. CLICK HERE to view the blog.

To visit Arcachon, CLICK HERE. (Arcachon 215 228 26)