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)