Facebook: What distinguishes a fake profile from a real one?
The security solutions provider Barracuda Networks has recently published a graphic illustrating the features distinguishing a legitimate Facebook profile from a fake one. Fake profiles are primarily used by cybercriminals to distribute malware or steal user accounts.
Facebook revealed a few days ago, while submitting first financial report to the U.S. agency for regulation and supervision of financial markets, that just over 8% of its 955 million profiles were "fake ones".
A graphic published by the security solutions provider Barracuda Networkss sheds the light on what differentiates a true profile from a fake one.
Among the main differences:
- The fake profiles are 97% female (40% for profiles of real users)
- The true profiles are tagged once, once after each 4 posted photos, fake profiles are tagged on average 136 times in the same range (!)
- The fake profiles have an average of 726 friends on Facebook, against 130 for legitimate profiles
- 68% of fake profiles say they went to university (40% for real profiles)
- 43% of fake Facebook profiles never published updates (15% of the true profiles)