Stopping Rogue Facebook Apps

Rogue Facebook apps are applications that spread spam through your wall, contact your friends without direct permission, and perform other unwanted tasks that can annoy you and cause Internet security problems.

It’s pretty easy to see how this happens. When you accept a Facebook app, you give it permission to do all kinds of things, including access your private info and contact information. That’s all a rogue app needs to start reeking havoc.

If you have already given a rogue app access to your Facebook account, then you’ll need to know how to stop it. Follow these steps to disable the app and prevent it from accessing your profile.

  1. Click on the “Account” button at the top right-hand corner of your screen.
  2. Click “Privacy Settings” in the drop down menu.
  3. Click “Edit your settings” located at the bottom of your screen under “Applications and Websites.”
  4. Choose “Edit Settings”
  5. This will give you a list of the applications that you use on Facebook. Find the rogue app and delete it.
  6. If you want to keep the app, but you would like to limit its access, then you can do this under “Edit settings.”

If an app has been causing you a lot of problems, then you might also want to contact Facebook’s security team to let them know. In most cases, the application isn’t breaking any rules. It’s just annoying you. If enough people complain about abuse, though, the Fb team could decide to remove the app or, at very least, limit its ability to access info on the site.

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~ by facebookhoaxes on January 27, 2011.

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