You know those Facebook applications that occasionally pop up on your news feed, promising to add a “dislike” button, let you view who’s been looking at your profile, or implement some other feature that Facebook won’t ever support? A lot of these applications are not much more than thinly disguised malware designed to harvest personal information or trick the user into participating in a click fraud scam.
Well, it looks like we’re in for a lot more of them, thanks to a new, cheap toolkit that allows users with little to no programming knowledge or experience create these malicious applications. For the low price of $25, this application will guide you through the process of creating your own nefarious Facebook applications with promises of enormous return on investment by tricking your friends into filling out surveys for various third parties.
So remember, folks – be careful when you allow applications access to your Facebook profile – not all of them are safe, and not all of them deliver on their promises. Personally, I haven’t installed any apps on Facebook, and I probably never will.
On an unrelated note, don’t forget – today is patch Tuesday! Keep your Windows machines secure(ish) by applying those patches as soon as you can. (Details: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS11-feb.mspx)