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Second Life® is a very social world, but sometimes you just want some peace and quiet.  Privacy has long been a concern of many Residents. This article explains how to get some time to yourself inworld.
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==Hide your online status from everyone except your friends and groups==
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In general, Residents who don't know you won't be able to see you online if they search in the '''People''' tab of the Search window. To ensure that others can't see you online unless they are your friends or members of a group you belong to:
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# Choose '''Me > Preferences > Privacy'''.
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# Uncheck '''Show me in Search results'''.
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# Check '''Only friends and groups know I'm online'''.
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==Hide your online status and location from friends==
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By default, friends are able to see you online, even if the '''Show me in Search''' checkbox in the Preferences window isn't selected. To control your online visibility on a per-friend basis, go to '''Me''' > '''Profile''' and click on the '''People''' icon. Choose a Resident from the list, click on the '''Gear''' icon next to his or her name, and choose '''Permissions'''. Deselect '''See my online status''' to hide your status from that Resident. Deselect '''See me on the map''' if you don't want your friend to be able to track your inworld location.
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==Go into busy mode==
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When you select '''Me''' > '''Status''' > '''Set busy''', chat and instant messages are hidden, and an auto-reply is sent to those who IM you. You can customize this reply by opening the '''General''' tab of the PREFERENCES window and typing text into the '''Busy mode response''' field.
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{{KBwarning|1=While you're in busy mode, inventory offers will also be rejected automatically. It's a good idea to make sure you're not in busy mode if you're making a purchase or expecting to receive gifts from friends.}}
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==Hide on an Estate==
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Private [[region]]s and [[estate]]s, can be configured for geographical privacy. This means that if you have access to an island that others don't, they won't be able to teleport in or see what's happening. They can still {{IM}} you, but it's up to you whether you reply.
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An Estate Owner or Manager sets privacy options from the Region/Estate window's '''Estate''' tab. If you own or manage an Estate, then you can adjust these settings yourself!
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Each of the options has a '''?''' button to tell you more about what it does, but in short: Deselecting the '''Allow Public Access''' checkbox restricts acccess to the Estate Owner, Manager(s), and people on the '''Allowed Residents''' and '''Allowed Groups''' lists.
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See the [http://support.secondlife.com/ics/support/KBList.asp?folderID=72 articles on Estates] for more information.
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==Live in a skybox==
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A "skybox" is basically a home that's many hundreds of meters in the sky.
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If you own a parcel of land, you can have a skybox. To make one:
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# Rez a prim (right-click the ground and select '''Create''').
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# Right-click it and select '''Sit Here'''.
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# Once seated, click the '''Object''' tab of the Tools window (you may need to click the '''More >>''' button to expand the tools).
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# Set '''Position (meters) Z''' to '''500''', which is a typical skybox height.
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Watch this movie to see how it's done:
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Without a flight assist script, Residents will not be able to fly high enough to disturb you in your sky box. However, it's worth noting that more persistent Residents with such scripts will be able to get to you at that height.
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==Make use of the ACCESS tab for parcels you own==
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You can use the About Land window's '''ACCESS''' tab to control who can come in (select '''World > About Land''' to open the ABOUT LAND window). The '''ACCESS''' tab can be used to limit access to only specific groups or Residents, while the '''Ban''' tab enables you to specifically exclude individuals; using both tabs together, you should be able to get the right list of permitted Residents onto your parcel. Each tab sets access barriers at different heights around your parcel, however; see [http://support.secondlife.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=4417&task=knowledge&questionID=4261 What are the parcel ban and access heights?] for more details.
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Related info for some of the above options can be found in the [[Preferences Window Guide|Preferences Guide]].
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[[Category:Abuse and Griefing]]
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[[Category:Social]]
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Latest revision as of 14:28, 13 February 2012

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