How to find out if Facebook has cloned you: In the technological era in which we find ourselves, it is important to be able to keep your privacy under control, because being the victim of data or content theft is a risk that is always around the corner and you need to equip yourself to cope with it in the best possible way. Speaking of which, you have heard of friends who have ended up with the profile Facebook “Cloned” by some joker or malicious person, through photos and information taken from the real profile on the famous social network or from other online sources.
This thing has alarmed you a lot, so you are in doubt and would like to know if your information is safe. You do well to ask yourself these questions and if you want I’m here to help you find answers. In this guide, in fact, I will show you how to find out if they have cloned you facebook, how to intervene in the event that, unfortunately, this has already happened and how to protect yourself from the theft of data and information.
Grabbing someone else’s content online can be very simple, so it’s good to be careful about how you use the Internet, especially when it comes to social networks. In particular, on the latter, all the uploaded contents are often visible to anyone, unless you go to change the profile privacy settings: something I will talk about in the next lines, after the procedures to find out if any attacker has already got their hands on your data and report it to the social network. Happy reading and good luck for everything!
How to find out if Facebook has cloned you
Before showing you how to find out if they have cloned you facebook, it is good to analyze the reasons that can lead someone to do this, so as to understand their intentions and find a solution more easily.
The reason behind cloning a Facebook profile is to create a fake account, but that it seems true in all respects. To do this, in fact, simply take some photos from an active Facebook profile (or other online sources) and upload it to your own. In this way, it is easy to make anyone who has to do with that profile think that there is a real person managing it, as the photos are, in fact, of real people.
At this point you will surely be asking yourself a question: what can a fake account be for? Well, the answers are many. In most cases, fake profiles are used for promote deceptive activities, which can damage the safety of anyone who falls there. Having a profile built with pictures of real people helps make it look trustworthy and therefore increases the chance that someone will trust the person behind that profile.
In the worst case, however, the profile could also be used to do defamation on the person who is represented in the account itself, but of course the possibilities, unfortunately, do not end there.
This is why it is good to be careful with photos posted online, since it is really easy to extract a photo, or any other content, from a Facebook profile. For this, I invite you to continue reading this guide, so that you can be aware of what you can do to prevent your Facebook profile from being cloned.
The first thing you can do to see if your Facebook profile has been cloned is to do a quick one search for your name on Facebook. That way, if you find any results that seem suspicious to you, you can take action right away.
For search for a person on Facebook from PC, you need to head to the official site of the social network and then click on the field Search on Facebook, located at the top of the screen, on the left. At this point, type the first name And surname assigned to your profile and then press Enter.
If, on the other hand, you want search for a person on Facebook via smartphone or tablet, you simply need to open the social network application for Android or iOS / iPadOS and then press onmagnifying glass icon located at the top of the screen, on the right. From here, you need to type the first name And surname that you have assigned to the profile and finally you have to press again on themagnifying glass icon.
By doing so, Facebook will show you all the results on the site and therefore, if there is a profile that has cloned yours, you can immediately notice it.
Alternatively, you can also try making one search for your name on Google, as social media profiles can appear there as well.
To Google your name, all you have to do is open the browser, connect to the Google main page and click on white field. Then type yours name and surname in quotation marks (eg “Mario Rossi”, in order to obtain exact results) and then press Enter.
Now all you have to do is sharpen your eyes and take a look at the first results that come out. If you find anything suspicious, don’t hesitate to take action, as I will explain in the next chapters.
Please note, however, that if someone has actually cloned your Facebook profile, they may not have done so using the same name and surname. In fact, when you clone an account, it is not at all rare that you do it using a different name and surname, just to avoid being caught red-handed. You can still try to do a search, it costs nothing!
Search by images on Google
If the instructions of the previous chapter I’m not enough to make you feel safe, you don’t have to worry about it. There are, in fact, other methods to understand if your Facebook account has been cloned. For example, you can try making one search for images on Google.
With this method, you can upload any image from your profile to Google and use it as a search element. By doing so, the browser will then find all available results that are the same or similar to the image you uploaded.
To do this, just connect to Google Images from the browser, click on the icon camera and load the image to search from a URL (if this is already online) or loading it from your device. For all the details, I leave you to my guide where I will explain in detail how to search by images.
If you find your images uploaded to Facebook, which however do not come from your real profile, it means that someone took them to upload them to another account and therefore, possibly, to clone your Facebook account. If so, you need no further proof and can immediately take action to ensure that the Facebook profile in question is enforced.
How to report a cloned Facebook account
In case you have actually found a profile on Facebook that uses your content, you must report it. By doing so, Facebook will personally review the profile in question and take measures, such as closing the account.
For report a Facebook profile on a smartphone or tablet, you have to go to the profile page cloned from the app and press onthree dots icon. Then you have to press on the item Get help or report profile and follow the on-screen instructions.
For report a Facebook profile on PCinstead, you must go to the page of the account in question. From here, you have to click on thethree dots icon, which you find under the name and then, in the menu that is proposed to you, press on the option Get help or report profile.
On the page that appears, you can choose the reasons that prompted you to make the report. For the specific case of this guide, I recommend that you choose a motivation between Use of someone’s identity And Fake account. Then click on the option you want to choose and then press the button Forward. Finally, click on the box named I think this post violates the Facebook Community Standards and then on the button Report.
Now you have to choose the reasons behind the report. To do this, just press on one of the available options and then press the button Forward. Finally, just press the button end and the report will be sent to Facebook.
That’s all: in this way, Facebook will receive your report and will reply to you as soon as possible. You will be able to see the answer directly in your Facebook notifications, where they will tell you if any action was needed and if so, which ones.
How to protect your Facebook account
If you want to prevent your Facebook profile from being vulnerable and therefore from being cloned, you have to take some security measures. You must know, in fact, that Facebook offers many settings in order to make a profile as private as possible.
For example, you can decide the audience that has access to the content you publish on your profile, whether it’s simple posts or photos and videos. If, on the other hand, you want to take less drastic measures, you can limit the audience that can interact with the content on your profile.
To find out more, I suggest you take a look at my tutorial, in which I’ll explain in detail how to lock Facebook. I assure you that, thanks to my advice, the possibility of your account being cloned will decrease dramatically!