Social engineering is the act of manipulating people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. This is a technique used by hackers to gain information from unsuspecting targets. Social engineering can be difficult to recognize because it often appears legitimate and trustworthy. They do this through various means, such as phishing, vishing, and smishing.
Key signs that can help you identify social engineering attempts.
1) Unsolicited emails:
If you receive an email with a link or attachment, don’t click on it. Instead, delete it and report the sender to their company’s IT department.
Phishing is one of the most common forms of social engineering and occurs when someone tries to trick you into giving them sensitive information by pretending to be someone they are not. Be wary of emails that ask for personal identification numbers, passwords, or credit card numbers.
3) Online banking:
If you pass a website that looks like a bank’s website, but it is not one you recognize, do not access your account. Talk to your bank and ignore anything that appears suspicious.
If someone sends you a photo or video of themselves explicitly and asks for something in return, don’t.
Explaining what phishing is?
Phishing is the act of tricking a user into giving up private information, typically by sending an email that looks like it comes from a reputable company. The phishing scam works by getting the victim to click on links or attachments in an email or enter personal information on a fake website that looks legitimate.
Phishing is not just limited to email; it can also happen through text messages and phone calls. If someone receives an email with a link to click or call, they should always check if the sender is legitimate before taking any action.
What is Vishing?
Vishing is a type of phishing that uses voice communication to solicit information from individuals. The term vishing is derived from the words “voice” and “phishing.”
Smishing is a type of phishing scam that uses SMS text messages to steal information. It is also called “wireless phishing,” and it often targets cell phone users. See also (The Complete Guide to Proactive Cybersecurity).
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