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What is social engineering?

Many of you may have heard about social engineering. However, are you aware how it is done and the impact it may have on you?

Social engineering is one of the popular phishing methods executed using psychological manipulation. In social engineering, the hackers or attackers establish a rapport with the victim and gains access to confidential information.

Social engineering is usually executed in three steps:Establishing rapport->Collecting information->Executing the fraud.

How do you safeguard and protect yourself from being a victim of social engineering? Here are few tips:

  • Use your intelligence: You should always be able to identify a hackers from the set of questions. Whenever, the hacker is asking confidential information that is not relevant to the current scenario, then it could possibly a case of social engineering.
  • Know what you share: You should be cautious when dealing with strangers and should never share confidential information, such as your credit card CVV number and password to access your account. Additionally, even before sharing information such as your account number, PAN number, date of birth, or credit or debit card numbers, verify the authenticity of the person to whom you are sharing.
  • Keep yourself updated: You should keep yourself up-to-date with various social security techniques prevailing in the digital world.

Sujith

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