Rogue Facebook apps can now access your home address and mobile phone number

January 16, 2011 by  
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In a move that could herald a new level of danger for Facebook users, third party application developers are now able to access your home address and mobile phone number.

 

Facebook has announced that developers of Facebook apps can now gather personal contact information from their users.

 

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I realise that Facebook users will only be allowing apps to access this personal information if they “allow” the app to do so, but there are just too many attacks happening on a daily basis which trick users into doing precisely this.

 

Facebook is already plagued by rogue applications that post spam links to users’ walls, and point users to survey scams that earn them commission – and even sometimes trick users into handing over their cellphone numbers to sign them up for a premium rate service.

 

Now, shady app developers will find it easier than ever before to gather even more personal information from users.

 

You have to ask yourself – is Facebook putting the safety of its 500+ million users as a top priority with this move?

 

Wouldn’t it better if only app developers who had been approved by Facebook were allowed to gather this information? Or – should the information be necessary for the application – wouldn’t it be more acceptable for the app to request it from users, specifically, rather than automatically grabbing it?

 

It won’t be take for scammers to take advantage of this new facility.

 

My advice to you is simple: Remove your home address and mobile phone number from your Facebook profile now. While you’re at it, go through our step-by-step guide for how to make your Facebook profile more private.

 

By Graham Cluley @ nakedsecurity.sophos.com

 

 


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