Has your facebook profile been cloned?

Facebook profile cloning is the latest hoax or scam to be swimming virally through the social site.

Statuses showing up read that said scammers are using programmes designed to ‘deep mine’ online accounts, bypass security features and ask friends for money.

What happens is that a second or third profile is created that looks exactly like your current one. Friend requests are sent to most of your friends from that cloned profile, (remember facebook restricts people from sending over a certain amount of requests so these are sent out periodically) the scammers then apparently post comments, add pictures and communicate with all your friends using your identity.

how do they get your info?

Some people say that they send you a friend request… Actually it is quite easy to clone an account that doesn’t have security settings, or where the person does not post to “friends only”.

Now there are ways to prevent Facebook profile cloning,

Don’t go hunting for your clone, because you won’t find it. You’ve been blocked from viewing it.

Edit your Facebook privacy settings by clicking on the Gear icon. (On mobile scroll to the bottom of your feed)

Select Privacy settings:
Change your feeds to viewed by “friends only” – for those who have twitter accounts linked, sharing your public posts, easily switch between “public” and “friends only” posts during the course of networking.

Change your Profile and Cover pics on a regular basis. It makes it more difficult for cloners to keep up.

Then… While in security settings choose to receive an email or sms/text notification when a strange IP address tries to log in to your account. Save your mobile and your personal PC (not your work pc) on the list of safe devices.

Instead of posting statuses which annoy most people check your security settings and share this article.

If you know your account has already been cloned, and you don’t have the warning systems in place to check if you’ve been hacked: this works with snooping ex’s too LOL

Log onto Facebook with your Computer click on Security
On Active sessions and click Edit

Look for log in IP’s you know you have NOT logged in from and deactivate them and change your password. (You should rightfully be changing your password on a regular basis)

When creating a password use capital, lower case and numbers in a password, this makes it hard to figure out.

Its fairly simple.
Get to know your friends.
Don’t just add anyone to your friend list.
And if you see their account was created in 2013… Well then you can be pretty certain that they aren’t your long time friend…

If you are alerted to your profile being cloned, visit the Facebook help centre and report it.

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Di believes that the most important and most fulfilling “job” she has is being a mom of two. She is an author and animal communicator. Her greatest passion is animals and their welfare. She enjoys writing about animals and topics to help others with their spiritual growth.

Posted on June 13, 2013, in Di's Articles, Social Networking and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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