Social Engineering, is a term used to describe the act of tricking a person by the act of deception. In the case of malware, it’s usually an email or Facebook post that pretends to be a legitimate message, carefully crafted to look authentic, that urges you to click on a link to visit a malicious Internet website. The website then injects malware onto your computer.
Using social engineering techniques has become so lucrative for cyber criminal gangs that they’re concentrating on developing new and better social engineering approaches rather than develop or buy new viruses and trojans to steal information, identities, and money. Studies have shown that social engineered infections are using older tried-and-true malware. It appears to me that the cyber crooks are placing their resources on the key element of their trade—fooling the computer user.
The best way to protect yourself against a social engineering attack is to be suspicious of everything. Think carefully before clicking on a link, no matter how good the reason. Trust no message or status or post, no matter who sent it to you. Trust no one. Many socially engineered messages appear to come from someone on your contact or friend list. Trust no one. Open no email from a sender you don’t know, or from whom you don’t expect a message. Think before you click and…Trust no one!
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