Bikini-clad women and photo tags aid Facebook scammers

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

If you’re a Facebook user, please repeat after me:

Facebook doesn’t let you track who is viewing your profile.

Third-party Facebook apps aren’t allowed to do it either, and if they claim to offer the ability they are banned from Facebook.

Don’t believe me? Here is the official word on the issue from Facebook itself:

And yet, we continue to see scams spread far and wide across Facebook claiming to offer the functionality.

See this example, for instance, which tags a photograph of a woman sunbathing in her bikini with the names of Facebook users.

Because the photograph has been tagged with the names of Facebook users, they will see it appear in their newsfeed and will – no doubt – be curious to find out more.

A comment on the photograph claims to point to a way for Facebook users to see who has been viewing their profile…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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