I got another one of those posts on my Facebook wall this week, supposedly from a friend, with a link to an application which promised to let me know who is "stalking" my profile. I covered this and other Facebook scams about a year ago, but some things never change.
First, I know this friend well enough to know she wouldn't send out those kinds of links. Second, if I was worried about people looking at my Facebook profile, I wouldn't BE on Facebook. Yes, I'll admit, there have been times when I was curious to see if a certain "person of interest" had cared enough to look at my page, but as for everyone else - well, if I don't want the world to know it, I don't post it on the Internet.
Anyway, this is a good opportunity to remind all of us that Facebook (wisely) does not allow its users to track the browsing activity of other users. The potential abuses for such a "feature" would be legion. Any app that is developed which promises to do this is operating against Facebook's terms of service, and will eventually be taken down. Most of them are not legitimate - I know this because I've received several posts thanking me for frequenting peoples' profiles that I haven't looked at since I added them. All of them are either spam apps and/or malicious viruses. By "allowing" the app to scan your friends list, you are setting yourself up to be hacked. In many cases, these apps will then start sending spam psts or e-mails to your friends, as if they are from you.
So, what do you do if it's too late, and you've already fallen victim to one of these applications?
First, while you're signed into Facebook, go HERE and delete the application. It's probably named "stalker" or "top friends," or "who views my profile," or something similar. Actually, it's a good idea to delete any of the applications you're not using, or not familiar with.
Next, log out of Facebook then log back in, and go HERE, change your password, and log back out again.
That should do the trick. Now, repeat after me: I cannot see who is viewing (or "stalking") my profile...I cannot see who is viewing (or "stalking") my profile...
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.