The following is a transcript of " Traveling Avatar's Quick and Dirty Tips for a Richer Life ," a podcast from QuickAndDirtyTips.com . The audio program is available via RSS feed here and at TheStreet.com's podcast home page .
(Editor's note: You may need Second Life software installed on your computer to access the addresses below.) Will Ross here. Welcome to The Traveling Avatar's Quick and Dirty Tips for a Better Second Life. On this show we discuss tips and tricks for the game Second Life, created by Linden Labs. This week's episode "Lock Down: How to Secure Your Land from Griefers." (Eerie music begins) Submitted for your consideration: a man, new to Second Life, buys a parcel of land and builds himself a home. At first things go well, but then suddenly strange, terrible things start happening. The ground rises around him swallowing his home. Signs, tip jars and empty containers appear out of nowhere, cluttering the landscape and keeping him from setting down as much as a single chair. And every now and again a little person wearing a tutu runs into his house and round kicks him across the entire sim after screaming, "YOU JUST GOT CHUCK NORRISED!" Did he build his house on the edge of... the twilight zone? (End music) Nope, he just got a little sloppy with his land settings. Remember, as cool a place as it is, Second Life is still the Wild West, and so it's a good idea to have some basic security knowledge. And just a little know-how can mean the difference between home sweet home and spending all of your time returning self replicating party hats to some Gorean named Baron Darkspire. The easiest security involves two factors: land settings and elevation. But first let's talk some basic security settings.