Can you see who viewed your Facebook profile? Scammers would like you to think so

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Earlier this year I blogged about how scammers were abusing Facebook users’ curiousity about who might be viewing their profile. Surprise surprise, they’re at it again.

Right now we’re seeing messages spreading across Facebook claiming to have found a way to allow you to sneakily tell who has been looking at your profile. And it’s no shock to see that many people are intrigued as to who might be checking them out online (maybe it’s a secret admirer? or an ex-girlfriend or boyfriend? or a prospective employer?), and clicking on the link.

A typical message reads:

See who viewed your profilee original version 2.0:
now you can see who viewed your facebook profile
<LINK>

However, this is not new legitimate functionality that Facebook has built into its social network. Instead, if you click on the link you are taken to a third-party…

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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