Aug 3, 2012
So how can you determine if a certain Facebook user is fake? Any ideas? If you will attempt and search the Internet, your browser will uncover tons of different methods and strategies on how you can spot a fake Facebook profile.
Some people say that a fake Facebook user tends to have a single photo on his profile page. While some say that most fake Facebook accounts use celebrity photos in their Facebook profile page. The images used are often racy that has the intention of attracting the opposite sex or even both.
While the above methods will allow you to spot fake Facebook profile, you really can’t be sure if what you’re doing is right. In that case we should be referring to someone that is authoritative in this area. A group of people or a company that conducts such experiment of detecting fictitious Facebook accounts.
In my previous post I refer you to Baracuda Networks that will show you how to spot fake Facebook users using their infographic. The information contained therein is a result of their study using a random sampling of 2,884 active Facebook accounts. For those of you who do not want to browse that page (because it tends to slow down your browser), a summary of the said infographic was posted below for your convenience.
- Most fake Facebook profiles identify themselves as female (97%) as opposed to real people accounting to only 40%.
- Almost 60% of fake Facebook profiles that are female were interested in both men and women.
- Fake Facebook profile tends to have lots of friends. According to their study, it’s almost six times more than real users. On the average if a real Facebook profile has 130 friends, fake Facebook profile tends to have 700+ friends on his/her profile.
- Fake Facebook accounts most likely to abuse the photo tagging feature in Facebook. Real people just tag once for every four photos while fake Facebook profile has the habit of tagging 136 times for each four photos.
- Most fake Facebook user never updated their Facebook status (43%) compared to real people (15%) who have never updated their Facebook profile.
The information above was collected by Barracuda Network from their Facebook app called Profile Protector. It’s a free tool that you can use to analyze and block malicious activity on your Facebook and Twitter account.
As we have mentioned before, making friends to Facebook users you didn’t met before could lead to friending fake accounts. This could lead to your Facebook profile from being compromised by malware and computer virus or your identity being stolen. If you want, you can try Barracuda Profile Protector to scan your account to check if you have fake Facebook friends.
So the next time that somebody pop ups from your friend’s request list; a racy female, who’s interested in both sexes, has a lots of friends, never updates her status and unreasonably tags every single photo, there is a high probability that it’s a fake Facebook account.