The monthly Governance User Group meetings have now ended according to Tommy Linden. The Governance user group has been removed from the User Groups wiki page today and on the Second Life Public Calendar. Tommy Linden has said this on the Second Life Forums today “at this time there is no scheduled user groups for Governance, the majority of questions asked at the user group meetings are questions that we are just no going to be able to answer“.
The monthly Governance meetings were useful really for those that wanted to discuss issues around in-world abuse, abuse reports, forum reports, marketplace reports etc. It’s a shame they are no longer happening.
Tommy Linden and the Governance team are exploring other better options to share updates etc. It looks unlikely Governance user group meetings inworld will return anytime soon.
On Wednesday 22nd September Linden Lab announced an additional way for Second Life residents to protect their accounts. The Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is now available to all residents and it provides an extra level of security.
MFA is an industry standard and there is now the option to opt-in by visiting the MFA status page.
The blog post reads this….
Today we’re introducing an additional way for you to protect your account!
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is now available to all residents on their accounts. MFA is an additional step to prove your identity before gaining access to sensitive information or actions on your account. It provides an extra layer of security to supplement your username and password. Widely adopted by many products, MFA is an industry standard.
How does it work? You can learn more about MFA, find out what you’ll need to do, and activate it in the knowledge base article!
You will need to take action in order to activate MFA. It is entirely opt-in. Go to accounts.secondlife.com/mfa/status and get started!
Note: MFA adds protection only to your accounts.secondlife.com login. MFA does not affect how you log in to the SL Viewer. If you activate MFA, you should continue to change your password regularly and choose strong passwords.
In future releases we plan to extend MFA’s protections to additional pages on secondlife.com, the marketplace, and the viewer. We are also exploring an email-based implementation.
There is a useful FAQ on the MFA Settings page worth reading through.
What is MFA? Authentication is how Second Life knows it’s you attempting to log in, by verifying the username and password you provide. When authentication involves only a username and password, it is known as single-factor authentication. MFA adds another layer of security. MFA is not unique to Second Life. It is used by many products.
Why might I want to use it? Activating MFA provides additional protection against unauthorized action on your account, such as changing your payment method, changing your password, or performing L$ transactions.
How does it work? MFA requires an authenticator app on your mobile device which generates secret codes (called “tokens”). When you log in, Second Life connects to the authenticator app to make sure the token you provide matches the one generated by the authenticator app. MFA adds protection only to your secondlife.com login. MFA does not affect how you log in to the SL Viewer (desktop app). Even if you activate MFA on your account, you should continue to change your password regularly and choose strong passwords. MFA is opt-in. You are not required to use it. You can turn off MFA at any time.
How do I set up MFA on my secondlife.com account? To turn on MFA you will need to: Install an authenticator app on your mobile device. We do not supply this app or directly support any third party app, but we have tested Google Authenticator with this feature. From your mobile device, connect the authenticator app to Second Life. On secondlife.com, enter tokens that the authenticator generates.
We will take you through these steps in more detail when you set up MFA.
How will MFA change how I use Second Life? After you turn on MFA, accessing secondlife.com will be a little different. Some pages may prompt you for a token in order to continue. Your browser will remember that you have been authenticated, but you will periodically be asked for a new token. If you use a new browser to access secondlife.com or you clear secondlife.com cookies, or if it’s simply been a while since you entered a token, you will be asked for a new token. You will never use the same token twice, so there is no need to remember it, write it down, or keep it secret.
If anyone has any problems then Second Life Support is the best way of resolving it before and after you turn on MFA.
In the near future Linden Lab plan on extending MFA’s protections to additional pages on secondlife.com, the viewer and the marketplace etc. Email based implementation is in the works apparently.
On Tuesday 7th September Linden Lab announced details about the 360 Snapshot Tool which allows for the capture of 360-degree snapshots of inworld locations in Second Life in all three dimensions. This new feature allows you to see everything above and below your avatar which is really cool. The 360 snapshot can be clicked on and dragged around with. The snapshots can then be saved on the users local computer and then viewed or shared on social media.
The Second Life Project 360 Capture viewer is available to download which includes the release notes for reference. Once downloaded and installed go to World > 360 snapshot to use the 360 Snapshot Tool.
You can now take a 360-degree snapshot of a location in Second Life. Better than a simple panoramic image, the 360 snapshot covers 360 degrees in all three dimensions, allowing you to see everything both above and below your avatar as well, as though the image is projected on the inside of a sphere. Technically speaking, the snapshot is an equirectangular image projection. Better than a static image, the 360 snapshot can be clicked and dragged so you can move your ‘camera’ anywhere in the snapshot, at any angle, as if you are inside it.
Corky Linden will be hosting Skill Gaming User Group meetings starting Tuesday 14th September 2021 then every 2nd Tuesday after that. These Skill Gaming User Group meetings will be 11am to 12pm SLT over at Gaming Island.
The focus will be about the Skill Gaming Program mainly and how to be part of the SLSG Program. This is a good opportunity to ask questions about the processes, known issues or concerns.
User group meetings are hosted by a handful of Lindens covering different areas of Second Life from content creation, land, web, server, open development and more.
The Firestorm Project reached it’s 11th anniversary on 3rd September 2021 which is another big milestone. The Firestorm viewer is one of the most popular and most used third party viewers out there today. I personally use the Firestorm viewer for all things Second Life and sometimes I log into OpenSim grids. I think the Firestorm team have done a great job on maintaining and improving the Firestorm viewer with new updates through the years.
The Firestorm team have announced that there will be a big party happening at 11am on Sunday 26th September 2021. There will be epic gifts (some limited collectors items) from content creators from across the grid. More details will be announced soon on the Firestorm Viewer website.
The BURN2 Virtual BURN week in Second Life starts today at 6pm SLT on Sunday 29th August through until midnight on Sunday 5th September 2021. The event will be held at the Burning Man – Deep Hole region and everyone is welcome to attend. There will be many workshops, stories being told, fire dancing, live DJs, live performers and more.
The Temple and The Man will be burning once again towards the end of next week (4th – 5th September). The Man creation is based on the original Man by Zoren Manray and the Temple Caelum of Stars is a original design by Daark Gothly.
The virtual Burning Man event has been running every year in Second Life since 2003. The event is one of the oldest running events on the grid. In 2010 Linden Lab downsized and the ownership of Burning Man was transferred/renamed to BURN2 where the community carried on the annual events.
I have blogged about my experiences over the years attending BURN2 and sharing snapshots with the community. I have volunteered at the welcome gates during various years which I really enjoyed doing. The burns of the man and the temple are probably the best highlight for me. The annual events are really good fun on the playa as it brings everyone together to make new memories.
Join the BurningMan 2.0 group in Second Life to stay updated on the latest news and upcoming BURN2 events. Please spread the word about BURN2 Virtual BURN week starting today.