Recently, a lot of people have been “liking” my photos.
Unfortunately, the notifications are sent out by various versions of a new form of Facebook spam application.
Clicking on “your photo” – in a hope to see which photo this person liked, takes you to a page where you’re asked to allow an application access to various parts of your profile:
“Allowing Lika access will let it access your Profile information, photos, your friends’ info and other content that it requires to work”
This is the important part of this application – clicking on “allow” will enable the app to get access to all the information on your profile. It then sends out notifications to ALL your friends, that you “liked” one of their photos.
Presumably, it is also sending all your information to the developer. This could be anything from your profile – work information, contact info, address, photos – anything.
One way to check if a notification you have received is genuine is to hover over “your photo”
After upgrading to Firefox 3.5.2, I’ve been having trouble with Facebook – certain pages would take ages to load (if load at all) The photos page was a particular problem.
At first, I thought the problem could of been with Facebook – some of their AJAX user interface getting carried away or something, however I narrowed down the problem to Firefox by trying the site in IE.
I did some Googling, and found other people were having the same problem, and that they had narrowed down the problem to the Skype add-on for Firefox.
The Skype add-on detects phone numbers within a web page, and renders them as a Skype call button – so that you can easily call numbers from a web page.
The amount I actually use this feature is far far less than that of Facebook, so I decided to disable the add-on (at least until they fix the issues with it)
1) Click the Tools –> Add-ons menu in Firefox
2) Click the Uninstall button next to the “Skype extension for Firefox” in the resulting dialog.
3) Restart Firefox.
That should fix the issues with Facebook (and any other website that is showing similar problems)