Security in Second Life – Protect yourselves

SL Login Screen

Looks innocuous enough, doesn’t it ?

There you were just enjoying a normal, quiet day in Second Life, dancing in a club, chatting with some friends, wandering around the stores looking for a new pair of boots to go with that fabulous top you just found, or maybe doing a bit of furniture rearranging in your lovely new home. All was well in the SL world.

And then one of the group chat tabs flashed to indicate a new message…

You clicked on the tab and there’s a link to the Market Place!

http:/marketplacesecondlife852.my9gb.com/store 73660/secondlife.htm

It may even have been preceded by some text that said something like “Great bargains at my new store!”…

“Ooooo !”, you thought, “I wonder what’s on offer?”…

You clicked on the link, were presented with the above Market Place Login Screen, filled in your Username and Password, and pressed the enter key…

*sigh*

Congratulations! You just gave your Username and Password to a crook! A Phisher.

(Quoting Wikipedia) “Phishing is the act of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.”

Don’t bother trying to log in to Second Life again because they will be there faster than you will and will have changed your password before you know it.
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