Because of the way Facebook sets up your privacy, there are limits to what you can see on someone’s profile if they are not a mutual Facebook friend.
The program has adopted a four-level system where users can define their preferred profile privacy level:
- If you’re friends with someone, you can usually see everything they have online, except for the messages they’ve specifically chosen to exclude you from viewing.
- If you are not friends with someone but their profile is public, you can see most of what they have online.
- If you are not friends with someone and their profile is private, you will not be able to see anything other than their existence on Facebook and their main profile photo.
- Finally, if someone is completely blocked, you won’t be able to see anything (even if you exist) regardless of your other privacy settings.
If the profile you want to review is private, you won’t be able to see much. If the user has blocked it, regardless of their privacy settings, they will not see it on Facebook at all. Although you can see your messages on Facebook Messenger accompanied by a static image of the “User” profile.
It used to be a technical weakness on the Facebook site that would allow you to get at least some of the information that interests you despite the privacy settings. Previously, you could manipulate a Facebook profile URL with the person’s name to see part of their timeline and images, although this vulnerability has been fixed for a long time.
Other similar exploits and cracks in Facebook’s armor, such as the ability to use a Facebook graphic URL to access private Facebook images or the option to use third-party tools to bypass Facebook’s own privacy blocks, have been patched. and sealed.
Facebook has come under scrutiny in recent years for its privacy errors and as a result; It has developed software to prevent privacy violations. In days gone by, Facebook would allow third parties to access private content.
After being under scrutiny, the company focuses on keeping user information private. As a result, there are no technical solutions to gain access to a private profile. This also means that sites and tools that claim to gain secret access to Facebook profile information are likely to break, if not already broken, and could be a scam on their own.
Ummm, useless it is then?
Not really. Where software engineering has managed to raise privacy walls, social engineering can overcome them. There are a few different approaches you can take and in this article, I will show you how to work with each of them.
Attack with all the power =P
Probably the easiest and quickest way to access a person’s profile information is to pay a data agent. It can be a private eye, an online search service, or an expert hacker using data purchased from Dark Web.
Not all profiles are available from this route, but many are. The drop? There is a lot of. First, you work with someone who breaks the law and depending on where you are, you can also break the law. If you are trying to access a Facebook profile as evidence in a legal matter, this method is not recommended.
Another downside is that no one does this kind of work for fun; you will pay for the information you want. Often, this is only a snapshot of the profile and does not give you permanent access to account activity.
Finally, even if you pay, you are not guaranteed to get the kind of results you want. The user profile may be out of date or contain information that is not relevant to your search.
Use your Charm, Maybe?
Depending on your relationship with the person in question, you can access it by sending a friend request. While this may seem obvious, it is the most effective way to view a private profile.
If you think it won’t work (either because they don’t know you, or because they just don’t consider you a friend), what can you do? In addition to becoming Facebook friends, there are a few options.
If you have profile information about the person, you can search for groups or close friends of that person for more information.
You want to get involved in groups and close friends of the person in question because you may find yourself in legitimate interactions with the person in question. It is in these interactions that you can familiarize the subject with his online character, present himself as a good and worthy Facebook friend, and finally find himself on his list of friends. Here’s what to do and what not to do.
What To do:
- “Like”, “Ha-Ha” or “Like” your messages/photos/comments, as appropriate.
- Make meaningful responses to your comments.
- Respond to other people in the group or other comments and posts from a third party, to present the image of someone who is just there.
- Post friendly responses and interact with your friends.
Post your own problems and ideas, regardless of the interests of the person in question.
Don’t Even Dare:
- Start reacting or commenting on everything they say or do. Let a good 2/3 or 3/4 pass without comment.
- Go back in time and you like old things, it makes you look like a deliberate stalker.
- Constantly comment to make them feel like you are suddenly an intruder in their flow.
- Spam the list of your friends trying to befriend everyone.
- Conflict with the person concerned.
With care and patience, you can become a stranger to a new friend of the person in question, and they will send you the friend request.
The Ultimate Plan:
If you can’t hire a runner and you’ve been deliberately blocked from a charm offensive that doesn’t work, what’s left? Tips and tricks, of course.
Security experts are unanimous: the weakest link in any security system is the human element. This is true with theft prevention systems, it is true with the decryption of passwords, and it is true with the security of the Facebook profile. The manipulation of this human element is the basis of the technique known as social engineering. A 2011 research paper by social scientists at the University of British Columbia reported experience in submitting friend requests to strangers.
As expected, sending a friend request to someone with whom the sender had no mutual friends had only a 20% success rate. However, if the friend request came from a person with even one mutual friend, the chances of a friend request greatly increased. Requests with a friend had a success rate of almost 50%, and each additional friend increased the chances of success.
With 11 mutual friends, the probability of success was around 80%. We tend to assume that anyone with whom we have mutual friends must somehow be in our social network, we are just mentally cheating on them. And then we press “OK”.
This research shows us how to help you access someone’s profile. We should be aware right now that this is not an honest, direct, or virtuous approach to connecting with someone on Facebook. If someone is unwilling to accept your direct friend request, it is probably unethical for you to use deceptive means to trap them and accept a “different” person’s friend request. That being said, if you are a sociology student or are legally interested in the limits of social engineering, the tips here can help you write a very successful dissertation.
Try going after Mutual Friends:
To increase the likelihood of approval, you will need to have mutual friends. This requires sending friend requests to mutual acquaintances. This could mean sending requests to friends of friends.
Many of our initial requests will be ignored or blocked, but many people simply approve any friend request semi-automatically without much investigation. This is another way to make your profile more legitimate and thus access the private profile.
The next step is to send a friend request to the profile in question and hope for the best.