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9/27/2012

Blocking Quickware and Redzone

Quickware and Redzone are 2 popular Alt Detector in Secondlife. Its purpose is to perform task which is otherwise not permited by normal viewers. However the method that they had deployed had clearly violated the terms and condition of Secondlife as well as the privacy of individual and as a result is banned.

So, what did they do so badly that the item deserve a ban? They bascially track IP address in order to determine if 2 avi are from the same owner. However IP address is not something which Secondlife should be revealing. As such, I suspected they had used server to ping the clients or trying to initial a media streaming in order to illegally obtain the IP address of the targets without permission.

I love streaming, but to enjoy streams, you will find that you need to actually reveal some information, which IP address had to be one so that the source streaming server can directly connect to you to deliver streams. These devices had killed the fun though.

Although the item had been banned and in fact the Redzone writer had been put into jail for laws involving the violation of privacy, such device may still exist and you never know if someone is trying to scan you. Actually sometimes you do. When you have a strange media stream request which you did not initials, it is likely it.

For those who knows how to set youre firewall, simply ban the following domains and you should be able to stream without fear of these products stealing information from you.
  • isellsl.ath.cx
  • isellsl.com
  • zfire.isellsl.com
  • girlsofthevip.com
  • hamlinpro.com
  • syscast.net
  • media.syscast.net
  • apache2-blow.port-au-prince.dreamhost.com
  • quickware.net
  • www.quickware.net
  • quickware.zapto.org
  • wh0.zapto.org
  • m.sparkgap.info
  • policedepartmentonsl.info
  • sparrowindustries.net
Or simply enough, put these into your hosts.etc file and point these to 127.0.0.1 and you are ok. But bare in mind that access to these location will then be denied for you too as well.

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Elotte Bridger was borned in 2L on Christmas Day in 25th December 2009.

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