The Internet makes it easy for people to distort their identities and intentions. Consider restricting the people who are allowed to contact you on these social sites. If you interact with people you do not know, be careful about the amount of information you reveal or especially agreeing to meet them in person.
According to 2019 data from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, about 1,300 complaints were filed with the agency each day that year. A substantial portion of these concerns contained some form of social engineering, a tactic that can be deployed online, over the phone or during in-person interactions. What is social engineering? A 2019 […]
After a hurricane or other natural disaster gets a lot of media attention, scammers will pose as charities via emails and phone calls, claiming that they’re collecting donations to aid the victims. This is an example of social engineering. Protect yourself from this kind of fraud by researching the source and confirming their legitimacy before […]
Smishing is a form of social engineering that exploits SMS, or text, messages. Text messages can contain links to such things as webpages, email addresses or phone numbers that when clicked may automatically open a browser window or email message or dial a number. This integration of email, voice, text message, and web browser functionality […]
Vishing is the social engineering approach that leverages voice communication. This technique can be combined with other forms of social engineering that entice a victim to call a certain number and divulge sensitive information. Advanced vishing attacks can take place completely over voice communications by exploiting Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solutions and broadcasting services. […]
In a social engineering attack, an attacker uses human interaction (social skills) to obtain or compromise information about an organization or its computer systems. An attacker may seem unassuming and respectable, possibly claiming to be a new employee, repair person, or researcher and even offering credentials to support that identity. However, by asking questions, he […]
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