What is social engineering? Don’t let yourself be the next victim! Social engineering is the process of manipulating people so they pass along or give up confidential information that legally shouldn’t be shared with others who are not permitted to access or have knowledge of data.
Are you a target?
Beware as these criminals usually look to target someone who has access to pertinent knowledge regarding company, employee, and customer information, along with anyone who hasn’t been trained properly on privacy policies and safeguard measures.
Social engineering is becoming so common these days you won’t even recognize the common criminal. That’s because most social engineers are your average everyday people you trust the most. Their goal is to ultimately gain your trust through mind hacking your mind by using various tactics such as emails, face-to-face conversations, bribery, and earning your trust.
What’s to Gain?
Many of you may ask, “What do these social engineering criminals gain through doing this?” The common goal is for them to trick you into giving you access to personal information such as: bank account information, credit card numbers, your everyday passwords, and they will also try to gain access to your computer to install software in order to hack other data or take over your computer.
Common Tactics Used & To Avoid:
Phishing: What is Phishing? Phishing is a tactic commonly used by social engineers to extract important information by sending an email link, text message, comment, or instant message from a source posing to be a reliable and known company/brand when in reality they are not who they say they are.
Baiting: What is Baiting? Baiting is when a social engineer tries to scheme you into some kind of offer or free-be you might want. These offers usually are provided as some kind of item you download, such as: an offer, free music or movies often seen on websites with paid ad space and social networks.
Distrust: What is Distrust in Social Engineering? Most common social engineers use distrust or start conflict about how you feel about others. The reason being is then the social engineer can then manipulate you into trusting them and not others and posing as a hero to gain information through possible threats towards you.