Another Good Reminder of Why You Should be Careful with Facebook Applications

By Akemi Iwaya on November 30th, 2010

Scammers never stop looking for an angle to trick you into installing rogue applications and using you to help spread them to other people. The latest one to hit Facebook teases people with the possibility of seeing who has been viewing their profiles.

This is the message that people are seeing in relation to the rogue application:

OMG OMG OMG… I cant believe this actually works! Now you really can see who viewed your profile! on [Link]

Now you may be wondering how successful this particular rogue application has been. Picture this in your mind…

From the blog post: Ever wondered how many people fall for a scam like this? Well, the figures can be shocking. This current campaign is using a variety of different links – but via bit.ly we can see that at least one of them has already tricked nearly 60,000 people into clicking.

The chance to know who has been looking at your profile can be really tempting and that is exactly how the scammers get to people. What better method to use than promising something that so many people want? If you do decide to install an application make certain that it is trustworthy. Remember the old saying about something “Sounding too good to be true…”

For full details about this latest rogue application be sure to read through the full blog post linked below. And if you know someone who tends to be careless with Facebook applications then send them the link!

Photo by nakedsecurity (Sophos Blog).

Can you really see who viewed your Facebook profile? Rogue application spreads virally [via Lifehacker]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 11/30/10
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