Spotting Fake Profiles on Facebook

Facebook’s social network now consists of over 2 billion users. Not all of them are real people and not all of them have your best interest in mind. Facebook attempts to weed them out automatically using advanced algorithms. Many fake accounts still get through. In the first three months of 2018, Facebook cleared out 583 million fake accounts.

Why is it important to spot fake accounts and what is the motivation for them? Generally speaking, fake accounts are attempting to either gather your personal information, to direct you to sites full of clickbait, or to sell you other services. So how do you spot them and what should you do about it?

Spotting fake accounts is getting more difficult as the perpetrators’ techniques become more advanced. Some accounts are quite convincing, but there are a few tell-tale signs you can look out for..

  1. Profile Photos – Many fake accounts have only one or two profile photos available. Often times there will be a caption with an external website link – this is a dead giveaway. Take a look at when they uploaded the pictures and if it was within a few days of the request, chances are the account is not real. Also look to see if there are any likes or comments on the pictures. It’s very rare that a user will upload a profile picture and not have any friends respond to it.
  2. Friends – Most fake profiles only exist for a short time before they are reported. Therefore, it’s rare for those profiles to gather many friends – especially ‘Mutual Friends’. If an account has only one or two mutual friends, proceed with caution and dig a bit deeper into the publicly visible information. When in doubt, ask your mutual friends to see if they know the profile personally.
  3. Profile Activity – Even the most locked-down private profiles will have some activity visible to someone who has been sent a friend request. Take a look at their timeline. If it goes from their automatically generated birthday post directly to the post showing their profile pic, chances are very high that you are looking at a fake account.

fake facebook profiles

This is a good example of a fake account profile. Notice that Ms. Smith was born in 1956. In all that time, there is no public activity on her timeline. Also, she is extremely young looking for someone supposedly 60+ years old!

Fake accounts are rampant throughout social media and most are used for unethical marketing purposes. When one crosses your path, do everyone a favor and report the profile using the tools provided within Facebook. Look for the three dots on the profile picture and select the ‘Report’ option. Follow the instructions and help clean up the network for all of us real users!

Do You Even Petaflop Bro? The USA Now Has the World’s Fastest Supercomputer!

As of June 8, 2018 the fastest supercomputer in the world is now active at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Developed by IBM, the OLCF-4 or Summit supercomputer has been clocked at 200 petaflops. That’s 200 quadrillion operations per second! The Summit is 8 times more powerful than the previous system called Titan. This advanced computing technology is currently being used by the ORNL and also the US Department of Veterans Affairs for clinical research.

The Summit’s advanced architecture is helping them understand the genetic factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease, suicide, Alzheimer’s disease and more. Along with medical research, the Summit will also assist in our understanding of the universe, bolster US economic competitiveness and contribute to a better future.

ORNL has created a great infographic that helps illustrate the scale of this machine!

Summit Infographic

Welcoming a New Member to the Team…

Desktop support DaytonIt’s a bit of a tradition for us to shower gifts upon newborns in the office. When we heard the news that a baby was on the way, we scrambled to get some custom gear printed immediately!

Our go-to vendor for short-run custom printing is Zazzle. The people at Zazzle are equipped to customize nearly anything you can think of using their state-of-the art equipment and technology.

We added something special to this onesie and t-shirt combo since the father is one of our support techs. There’s nothing wrong with teaching them early!

Cookout Season is Here!

GrillOur company takes every excuse we can to grill meats and bring in barges of foods.  Grilling season is a real thing for OmniSpear and our team recently celebrated the beginning of spring with our first cookout of 2017!  While the gourmet menu changes, we are sure to include hot dogs, burgers, an assortment of side items and beverages as staple features. Most importantly, it was a great afternoon to enjoy the company of colleagues, say goodbye to the cold, winter months, and hello to the gorgeous days ahead this spring season.

OmniSpear teammates take a break from the tech world every now and then, but goals do include the automation of our grill and heat temperature alerts sent directly to our phone.

Full-Time Network Administrator

Positions Available: 1

Wage/Salary:
Varies based on experience of Candidate

Description:
OmniSpear, Inc. located between Dayton and Cincinnati is seeking a full-time Network Administrator to provide client support. Duties will include workstation and network troubleshooting and server administration. Position requires both inter-office technical support as well as client on-site services.

Candidates must meet or exceed our listed requirements to be considered for this position.

Technical Requirements:
Experience with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Windows, and Linux (or OS X).

Working knowledge of networking technologies such as ethernet, switches, computer hardware, and software.

Knowledge of Active Directory.

Knowledge of Linux operating systems.

Provide computer and network support to end-users, both local and remote.

Perform support and maintenance, both local and remote, of server and network hardware.

Provide resolution to help desk tickets, covering all IT technology issues and accurately document the nature of the problem with supporting details.

Diagnose reported PC/peripheral/client software problems and enact appropriate solutions with a high level of user satisfaction.

Configure, install and deploy user-issued hardware and software, ensuring reliability and a high level of performance.

Maintain inventory of both client and network assets (make, model, serial number, location, assigned user).

Ensure compliance to hardware and software standards and licensing.

Manage ticket queue and escalate tickets to upper tier network team, as needed.

Work with third party vendors to resolve hardware issues that are covered under manufacturer and extended warranties.

Maintain system image configurations and continue to improve software standardization.

Strong customer service through communications and follow-up.

Additional related duties as assigned by management.

Non-Technical Requirements:
Candidate should have completed or be actively be pursuing Associates or Bachelors in an Information Technology field.

Excellent troubleshooting and diagnostic capabilities.

Must be able to effectively prioritize tasks in a high-pressure environment with strong customer service orientation.

Must be able to balance working independently or in a team and provide effective communication communication skills to main office and client contacts.

Maintain the appropriate level of confidentiality.

Maintain and extend current knowledge of technology innovations in networking and computing.

Must be able maintain travel accommodations to client offices.

Other Considerations:
A+, MCSE 2003+, CCNA, or other certifications

Application Instructions:
Email resumes to careers@omnispear.com for consideration. Please include your name and the position in the subject of the email.

Office Location:
9039 Springboro Pike
Miamisburg OH 45342