18 months later, and Facebook Profile Viewer rogue apps still successfully tricking users

Back in January 2011, I wrote an article bemoaning the state of Facebook security, and specifically its apparent inability to stamp out fake messages which claim to let you find out who has viewed your Facebook profile.

18 months on, and has anything changed?

Seemingly not, judging by the messages many Facebook users are seeing in their newsfeed.

COOL!! i cant believe its real and official we can now see who’s viewing our profile, Check Who’s Viewing Your Profile here: <LINK>

Here are some other variations, where the messages are being spread via shared photos on the social network:

Typically such messages, shared with you by your already-duped Facebook friends, lead to a rogue application or money-making online survey.

Once you have handed access of your account over to a rogue app, the scammers behind it can post whatever they like to your profile -…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity 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 analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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