Facebook Beware (social engineering)

Facebook is a network that enables you to communicate with your long lost friends. It is one of the most popular social networks. You can chat, share messages and photos and also make new friends.

But there are a lot of problems associated with it. This is because you can never be sure as to who is sitting up and operating this account. There are criminals who are always on the lookout for some easy targets. These fake profiles circulate links and spasm. So you will always have to be sure before associating with a friend that they are real.

There are certain fake profiles points you must remember to stay away from. If the profiles of friends that have pictures of attractive faces that are not casually, or of professional models, you must be cautious. Attractive faces find easy lonely victims.

Also if you surf the profile of such a person you will find only the profile picture. There will be no other pictures in the profile. This should strike you as odd.  Also i f you notice that the person is having too many friends that have been added in a short span of time, you must take care. The fake profiles seldom have real lifelike pictures. They are either of scenery or cartoon characters. They befriend friends who may also be false. So do not be in a hurry to include such a person in your friend list. Chatting on the wall or even connecting with your family members does not vouch for genuineness.

In this context I would like to inform you that if you want to opt for online dating, you are the most vulnerable victim. Most of the profiles that you see in the site for online dating are created by the company itself to attract people.

Do not share any personal data on the Facebook. An imposter will say all the things that you want to hear. You must know that such cases give rise to blackmailing and extortion. So unless you are provided with some real personal data, that only you and the other person is supposed to know, do not believe anybody.

Another sign that you can look for is that weather some of the friends of the new friend, has tagged him or her. Real life people have real life friends who post picture and group photos. Another sign that should raise a question in your mind must also arise if the new profile comments regularly. Though this is not an exclusive point, yet think, do you manage time to comment every day!

If you have thought of creating a fake account even in your dreams, abhor from it. Authorities can punish you with as much as ten years of imprisonment! The fakes are pretty easy to spot once you know their sneaky tricks.

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3 thoughts on “Facebook Beware (social engineering)

  1. This is a good post, because it goes hand in hand with our class discussion on social engineering and who we trust. For example, on Facebook you really have no way of proving that the person you are talking to is actually who they say they are. There are several dangerous predators that may be lurking around Facebook that may be a threat to your personal security, which is why it is very important that you do no post any personal or confidential information on these social media websites that can be used against you.

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