What To Do If Your Account Has Been Compromised

How do I know if my account has been compromised?

Your account may have been compromised if:

  • You can't access your account;
  • You suddenly notice a reduced available balance on the payment source you have on file.

If this happens, contact us immediately!

How to contact us

  • Go to the Second Life Help page and click Submit a Support Ticket on the right.
  • Click Sign in to your Second Life Accountand log in if you can. If you are already logged in, you will skip this page and go directly to the ticket submission form.

    If you can't access your account, use the Forgot your login information? link on the right to recover your username and reset your password.
    If you cannot use the self service password reset function, please instead click Continue as Guest to submit your support ticket.
  • Under Issue Type, select Account Issue. A second dropdown appears.
  • Under Account Issue, select Account Compromised.
  • Fill in the rest of the fields as directed.
  • Click Submit.
  • Check your email for your ticket number.

Once you do this, Linden Lab will place your account on hold and investigate the relevant transactions. This may take a few days. Once we have concluded the investigation, we'll send you an email explaining our conclusion and the action we will take. Note that all transactions involving Linden dollars are subject to Linden Lab's Terms of Service.

What should I do next?

After contacting Linden Lab to ensure your account compromise is investigated, if you are still able to log in please take the following steps:

  • Change your password!
    • Even if you are able to log into your account, we recommend that you change your password immediately to something secure and unique.  Changing your password regularly is one good way to protect the safety of your account.  For information on how to change your password, see our documentation on How to change your password.
  • Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
    • Multi-factor authentication adds a second method of verification to the login process, in addition to a password. As such, we strongly recommend enabling MFA as an extra layer of security for your account. This second method is a code (or token) that's generated by a special app called an authenticator. Once enabled, MFA requires someone to enter a unique secret token to be entered when making changes to your account, protecting it from unauthorized changes to your password, email address, or payment method. For more information on MFA and how to add it to your account, see our documentation on Multi-factor Authentication (MFA).

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