Social engineering is a term used for numerous harmful activities performed through human interaction. It is an attacking phenomenon that relies heavily on human interaction to break standard security procedures and best practices, gain unauthorized access to systems, networks, and physical locations, and gain financial benefits.
In essence, social engineering is not a cyber attack. Instead, social engineering is all about persuasive psychology. The purpose is to gain the victim's trust, weaken their alertness, and take dangerous actions such as disclosing personal information, clicking web links, opening potentially malicious attachments, and so on.
Over time, social engineering attacks have become more sophisticated. Not only do fake websites and emails look realistic enough to trick victims into leaking data that can be used to steal personal information, but attackers can break the organization's initial defenses and damage the firewall. Some of the famous attacking vectors are given below:
Social engineers manipulate human emotions such as curiosity and fear to execute plans and lure victims into traps. Automatic security features such as email screening help prevent attackers from contacting victims. Still, the best defense against social engineering attacks is to have the latest knowledge about different types of malware practices.
In addition, the following tips can help be more vigilant about social engineering hacks.
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