Social Engineering

Social engineering refers to the psychological tricks hackers use to manipulate people into giving up confidential information. The hacker’s goal is to exploit human vulnerabilities rather than finding technical loopholes. For example, they may call someone posing as a tech support agent and ask for passwords to “fix an issue.” Or they might send a phishing email pretending to be from a trusted source to get login credentials or credit card numbers.

The Dangers of Social Engineering and How to Protect Yourself

Social engineering is a growing threat that everyone should be aware of. Hackers use manipulation and deception to trick people into giving them sensitive information or access. With the rise of social media and other online communication channels, these scams are becoming more common and sophisticated.

Hackers use a variety of clever social engineering tactics to achieve their goals. Here are some of the most common methods

Phishing emails

Fraudulent emails pretending to be from a legitimate company to trick people into clicking malicious links or attachments. They often threaten dire consequences if action isn’t taken immediately.


 Leaving infected USB drives or other devices in public places, hoping victims will plug them into their computers and launch malware.

Making up a believable cover story to obtain private data. For example, claiming to need a password reset code to access an account.

Offering a service or benefit in exchange for information. An attacker may pose as IT support and request a password to perform a fake system check.

Following an authorized person into a secure building or area without proper permission.

Real-World Examples of Social Engineering

Social engineering scams can be incredibly convincing, fooling even savvy internet users. Here are some real-life examples:

How to Protect Yourself from Social Engineering

The best way to avoid falling for social engineering is being aware of the common techniques used. Here are some tips to help you stay secure:

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