An overwhelming majority of fake profiles use the images of a female, data collected suggests that as much as 97% of fake profiles using a woman’s identity. Fake profiles are mostly used for spamming you with products or websites, but could be used for cat fishing or blackmailing a person. That’s why it’s important to be able to spot a friend request from a fake page.
Here are some tips to help you spot a fake Facebook profile.
Do you know anyone in the City they claim to be living in? If it’s a City you’ve never been to or heard of then you probably do not know this person.
Look At the Photographs
Fake profiles tend to have only one image, or all of their photograph’s appear to be professionally shot images. Maybe the only images they’ve posted aren’t even of a person.
How Many Friends Do They Have?
The average Facebook user only has 113 friends, if the person adding you has thousands of friends all across the world then this should raise a red flag.
What Are Their Posts About?
Look at their wall to see if they are interacting with anyone. Are they being tagged in photographs by other people? Are people writing on their wall? Are they updating their status with more than just website links?
With College starting this, here are some important things to keep in mind to ensure your safety for the upcoming year.
Know the Number for Campus Safety
If you ever need to call Campus Safety having the number saved in your phone will be a time saver. Your school may even offer escort services which will another a level to your safety.
Know the locations for any Emergency Phones
Throughout campus there will be Emergency Call Buttons or Phones will automatically call Campus Security. Make sure to check out the campus, and locate them. If there’s ever an emergency it may be faster to run to the nearest location.
Never Leave Your Belongings Unattended In the Library
Without thinking you may get up to use the restroom or grab a snack from the vending machine leaving your laptop, phone or even text books on the table. Bring your belongings in a backpack so that if you need to get up you can quickly store your stuff.
Get a Lock for Your Laptop
If you are sharing a bedroom with a roommate you want to consider getting a lock for your laptop. Even if you trust your roommate one of you may forget to lock the door one day. A lock for your laptop can be purchased for as low as $12, and will be cheaper than replacing your laptop or missing work.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
A general tip we’re told time after time, but staying aware of your surroundings and not being distracted while walking may be one of the most important elements in keeping your safe.
- Don’t allow yourself to be distracted while walking especially late at night.
- Be aware if someone is nearby, and keep an eye on them for any suspicious activity.
- Try to walk in only well lit, high traveled areas. A shortcut may be faster, but with lower traffic it’s also a lot more dangerous.
- Keep your keys in your hand while walking. You’ll be ready to enter your home or vehicle must faster and wont be distracted if you need to search for your keys.
Use the Buddy System
If you’re going out to parties make sure to have at least friend with you, and avoid walking home alone at nights. If you need to walk home alone make sure that someone knows where you’re going, and text them when you get to your destination.