Who’s been looking at your profile?

Facebook can bring out the voyeur in people. Since profiles are linked together, it’s easy to hop from page to page, reading information and looking at pictures of people that you don’t even know. Most people will readily admit that Facebook voyeurism is a little creepy… and then they do it as soon as they spot an interesting comment on a friend’s wall or see a picture of an attractive Fb member.

To many people, Facebook enables them to satisfy their inner voyeurs without having to admit that they are doing something a little creepy. You don’t want people knowing when you’ve looked at their profiles because then you are busted. At the same time, you want to know who has been looking at yours.

Well, tough luck. Rumors keep popping up about applications that can show you who has looked at your profile. None of these rumors, however, are true. In fact, Facebook’s security team has even stated that no one has an application that can do this. It’s easy to see why Facebook might want to protect benign voyeurism: it keeps people on their site.

According to the Internet security firm Sophos, the most recent profile scam snagged 60,000 victims in just a few hours. Links that promised to show members who had been looking at their profiles just led to pages filled with advertisements. Someone certainly got paid that day.

Facebook keeps an eye out for these posts, but it often takes a few hours to track them down and eliminate them. That’s why it’s best to check the legitimacy of these claims before following any links. Just read the Facebook security page and you will almost certainly find that the application is a phony.

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~ by facebookhoaxes on December 13, 2010.

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