No social platform (or any internet service, as a matter of fact) is free from cyberattacks these days. Popular social networking services like Facebook and Twitter are frequently in the news over being targeted by hackers. One of these includes Facebook account cloning.
Hackers have been cloning Facebook accounts of users for the past few years, trying to steal as much identifying information as possible.
What really happens in Facebook cloning?
Facebook account cloning isn’t exactly a difficult task. Those with malicious intentions can simply open a new Facebook account and make it look exactly like an existing user’s profile. This includes the same profile picture, cover images, album photos, account bio and even status updates. Using the cloned account, they can then send friend requests to users’ friends and families, fooling them
Once connected with enough people, the cloned accounts can be used to steal even more personal information your personal information. What’s worse is that all of this can be done without the actual user knowing anything about it.
How to check if your Facebook account has been cloned?
Unfortunately, there’s just one way to know if your Facebook account has cloned, and that is by searching for yourself on the social website. If you search with your name, you’ll be able to see in the results if there’s a mirror account or not. Generally, if a cloned account already has a couple of your friends and family members associated as friends, it will show on the top.
How can I fix this?