…one man's contribution to the Weeeeerly Wild World
“My account got hacked.”
How many times have I heard this now in Second Life?
A fair few.
Similar things happen with other accounts, of course, but I mostly witness it in SL, since that is what I use most.
Here are the few ways I read into this statement:
1) It didn’t get hacked – you have things to avoid from that account… messed up relationship, trouble with ‘friends’ etc. Saying your account got hacked is just a way to explain that you’re not as new to SL as your avatar’s age states.
2) It didn’t get hacked – you’re still using that account, you’re just now logged in as an ‘alt’.
3) You entrusted your login details to someone who in the end couldn’t be trusted. A little naive. If you want to give someone access to your account, to help with a problem, even if you trust them, do yourself a favour and change your password straight after. If they want to play the “Don’t you trust me?” card, m’eh.
4) Someone who wanted to cause you trouble knew the answers to your security questions – I guess you could say your account got hacked, but really, again, you pretty much handed them access.
Really, my point here is that I think accounts (SL or otherwise) rarely get hacked by random hackers somewhere out there in the world who just happened upon your account – your account has been accessed by someone you know/thought you knew. You pissed someone off and gave them cause to seek childish revenge.
There is a 5th theoretical scenario. You recently transferred in a wad of RL money to your SL account to spend in the virtual world – there is something and/or someone that detects this (behind the scenes perhaps), gains access to your account, grabs the money, and locks you out of your account, by changing your password.
Oh, and 6), someone gained access to your e-mail account using your computer or phone, after going through the “Forgot your login information?” procedure.
From the few people I’ve heard have their account “hacked” and have to follow Linden Lab’s procedure, LL have been pretty swift to act – assuming you can confirm you are indeed the genuine owner of the account, so there is hope.
I’ve not/yet to had/have my account access compromised, but other people have asked questions, such as “What would you do if Second Life disappeared overnight?” – when we lose temporary access to such an account, or even when we have a power cut, think this makes us question “What if it was more than temporary?” Well, the best we can do is try and make our temporary lack of access less likely to happen, firstly by looking after our accounts.