Is FacebookAgent Worth the Risk?

Saturday, February 16th, 2013 By

Don’t fall for FacebookAgent

Haven’t we been through this before, with MySpace? There are ads out there begging people to click on them and download FacebookAgent. Supposedly FacebookAgent is free software that allows you to view people’s private Facebook pages.

Of course, we all know better than this. FacebookAgent is just another scam. By now, all of us have learned that “It can’t hurt just to click on it and see what it is” is a fallacy. It can hurt, and it will. I don’t know whether FacebookAgent is trying to steal your identity or give your computer a virus, but I do know that I’m not falling for it. Just like the need for mortgage loan restructuring spawned all kinds of financing scams, Facebook has been at the root of a lot of online scams.

Facebook pros and cons

Clearly, millions of people love Facebook, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a fast, easy form of communication for many. Finding friends from way back, staying in touch with people all over the world and playing games are just a few of the reasons people think Facebook is fabulous.

Unfortunately, there’s always someone out there who wants to ruin everyone’s good time. Facebook phishing scams try to steal people’s login information, and I’ve known a lot of people who have fallen prey to these. Usually it results in spam messages being sent out from their Facebook pages. However, the consequences can be much worse if you use the same password for your Facebook account and, say, your bank account.

Is FacebookAgent a blessing in disguise?

You know, I am a big fan of finding silver linings, and I suppose some good could come of this FacebookAgent business. The idea is to con people into downloading malware by offering them software that lets them look at people’s Facebook pages even if the owners of those Facebook pages don’t want them to. So probably a lot of online stalkers and other such creepy types have gotten their computers infected, which teaches us an important lesson: Don’t be an online stalker.

Sure, there are probably plenty of people out there who had innocent intentions when clicking on FacebookAgent. After all, we’ve all run into the scenario when we think we might know someone on Facebook but can’t tell by the picture and name alone. However, for those who wanted to use Facebook to pry into people’s lives without permission, FacebookAgent might give them what they deserve.

Always good advice

Of course, this FacebookAgent issue brings up an excellent point that can’t be reiterated enough: Don’t put anything on Facebook that you don’t want the whole world to see. Sure, you can control who you are friends with, you can set your page to private and hope that your boss doesn’t see you complaining about your job online, but why risk it?

A good rule of thumb is to assume that nothing online is private or anonymous. We’ve all read stories in the newspaper about why we shouldn’t put anything we don’t want potential employers, teachers or our parents to read. If you want to keep your private life private, just setting your Facebook page to “private” isn’t enough. Take a lesson from FacebookAgent and don’t put private information online.

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  1. Kevin's Deals, Coupons, and Reviews says:

    Honestly, I really don’t care to even look at the profiles of people I have on my facebook page all that often… Let alone those who I am not friends with.. Any Ex’s or what have you… I really don’t care to know about either way… I let them out of my life for a reason.

  2. Arun Poudel says:

    I agree with Franrose. This site also says it as scam
    http://freakingtips.com/2009/12/03/facebookagent-…

  3. Franrose says:

    Yeah, this FacebookAgent crap definitely sounds like something worth avoiding. I visited the site just to see what the buzz was all about and I was not impressed. First off, and this is not to say I'm a grammar expert or fully understand proper sentence structure, I noticed off the back a few too many misspelled words and punctuation placement errors. I mean if a person like me can point that out, there's seriously something wrong. If it's such a reputable site, I would think the people behind it would actually take the time to proofread their displayed contents. Plus, just about every link you click on their site takes you to the exact same page where the program is automatically downloaded to your computer. I don't know about you, but I definitely smell some red flags.

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