Aug 2, 2012
How many Facebook friends do you have? Have you already met them in person? Fake Facebook profiles are increasing due to the social networking site’s popularity as well as the huge user fan base to benefit from. As of today Facebook revealed that they already have a whopping 955 million monthly users. Out of those numbers, 8.7 per cent accounts to users classified as fake Facebook profiles. This is an increase by 2 – 3.7 per cent compared to the figures last March at approximately 42.25 to 50.70 million allegedly fake Facebook profiles.
The figures above seem to tell us something important. And I hope that it would change the way we interact with anybody that we haven’t met. Though the number of fake Facebook profiles increases, it seems that Facebook have widened the classification of bogus account that now includes “undesirable” and “user-misclassified” Facebook profiles.
The term “undesirable” Facebook profiles were describe as user accounts that violate Facebook’s terms and conditions. While the “user-misclassified” Facebook profiles refers to user accounts that exists for the purpose of promoting a business, organizations or even pets.
Do you have Facebook friends that you do not have any idea who they really are? Maybe it’s time to polish your friend’s list and check whether it’s a bogus account or not. If you (or your friends) have not met them in person I advise that you remove them because fake Facebook users could lead to malware infections wreaking havoc on your PC. Or worst it could lead to your online identity being stolen by cyber criminals.
It’s really difficult to spot a fake Facebook profiles. You can check this infographic that will tell you how to spot a fake Facebook profile. But prevention is better than cure. So I avoid making friends to anybody on Facebook that you haven’t met in person. What’s the use of having 500 Facebook friends if 200 of them were just false accounts?
The next time that somebody is asking you to ‘add’ him or her as a friend, think twice. You and your friends could be in jeopardy for that single mistake that you will make. Remember think before you click.