How To Protect Yourself From Fake Facebook Profiles

By David Cohen 

FakeOFFBannerThe issue of fake accounts and profiles persists on Facebook, despite the social network’s efforts to curtail the problem, and the latest tool aimed at helping users combat fraudulent accounts is Facebook application FakeOFF.

FakeOFF scans up to 365 days of Timeline activity for users’ Facebook friends and uses its algorithm to assign them credibility scores on a scale of one to 10.

The app also runs an image scan to search the Web for the source of images that might be considered suspect.

FakeOFF said in a release detailing its app:

We like to think of FakeOFF as a social “human antivirus” app that can offer users real-time protection through background profile investigations and safeguard our children from harm.

The FakeOFF app is ideal for single people who are looking for new relationships on Facebook, parents who want to keep their children safe online, and “heavy” Facebook users who meet new people online every day.

Readers: Have you ever encountered fake profiles on Facebook?