Tech Updates - January 29, 2014

FakeOff application for tracking for bogus Facebook accounts.

The occurrences of cyber impersonation on online social networking websites go up; an Israel-based start-up has developed a Plug-in application named FakeOff, which helps to recognize bogus Facebook accounts. The app on the world’s biggest social networking channel assures to shields account holders from scams created by bogus Facebook accounts, who are misguided for genuine ‘new friends’ .

 FakeOff Plug-in Developer Eliran Shachar shared this- “Recent statistics demonstrate the fact that at least 10% of about 1.35 billion are bogus Facebook accounts.Besides, there are lots of individuals who make fake profile and look as genuine users “.”FakeOff application apply complex algorithm to examine the activities of suspicious ‘friends’ and rank them according to a 1-10 credibility score. It scans around 365 days of timeline action for each and every suspicious Facebook friend and examines for unfamiliar action,” Shachar said.

The application checks timeline activity of the suspicious and attempts to identify unfamiliar action that shows a non-normal means of usage. It enables the user to scan the pics of the suspicious to discover whether it was stolen from somewhere on the web, he added. Also, FakeOff crosses details from all of the studies and computes final results of a user depending upon other studies on the similar suspicious, he said. FakeOff has been live for 2 months now and carries over about 15K users so far.

“24% of experiments performed in the app bring back as not genuine. A bogus profile can be extremely intricate and some of the fakes that we help out the Facebook members find is merely for their perspective so we can’t realize the outcome from the picture scan outcome, but the user snugly can,” he said. 

According to Facebook , around 14 .3 crore accounts on the social networking website may be bogus or copy , with an essential chunk of them originating from developing marketplaces like India and Turkey . 
The company claimed it assessments around 7 .9% accounts being replica and around 2 .1% and up to 1 .2% accounts being user-misclassified and stray, respectively.