Traces


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• Am I traced in Active Worlds ?



Yes.

But this is not much different from the traces you leave behind from surfing the Internet.
When visiting the worlds, information can be provided to the worldowner, same as the information your normal webbrowser is providing when you surf the net visiting websites.

The principal information is your IP address which every world can have, independant of which type of protection or firewall you may have installed on your computer system.

A worldowner has in general a file named "world.log" which records the events in that world.
In this file is indicated a timestamp, IP address of the visitor, his or her alias name, citizen number as well as the citizen number whom privileges have been acquired.
This file also records your entrypoint (coordinates) when, or rather where, you enetered and the different actions you've performed, like teleportation, object clicks or sending messages.
The contents of the sent messages are not recorded in the world.log file.

Bots to monitor events in a world are also frequently used, it's not uncommon that the chat in a world is read or recorded by the owner (Note : a bot is not counted as a visitor and thus not listed in the concerning world). This only applies to the chat which is send to all (public chat).
It is not possible to know if your chat is recorded or not, hence it should be preferable to choose telegrams if you are a citizen or to use whispers for transmission of "sensible" information. The last option might be inaccessable for tourists in worlds where whispering is deactivated.

The rumours concerning the possibility to read private messages (whispers) is completely false.
This is impossible as well for the worldowners as for the hosting company who performs the hosting services for a concerning world.
Only certain members of the Active Worlds staff would have this possibility.
Only them can obtain access to your contact list as well as to your unread telegrams, can enter worlds completely invisible without leaving any traces in the world.log file.


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