School of Computer and Information Science, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
The advancement in Internet and bandwidth has resulted in a number of new applications to be developed. An area of advancement has been in the development of virtual worlds, where people can interact together via virtual characters. Virtual World systems have been so complex that virtual lives can be lived, including all aspect of life such as education, commerce, social activities etc. Not surprisingly, the problems that exist in the real world such as theft, fraud, vandalism and terrorism, also exist in the virtual worlds. The more developed these virtual worlds become the greater the breaches of security will be in the virtual as well as the real world.This paper explores and categorises several security issues within the Virtual World of Second Life. It contributes to practice and research by emphasising the importance of security awareness for businesses and the general public in Virtual Worlds.