Social Engineering

Aug 11, 2016 | Blog

Don’t get socially engineered! You must ask who, what, when, and where!

Simply stated, “social engineering is the art of manipulating people so they give up confidential information.” There are various avenues and techniques which hackers utilize to gain access to sensitive information and exploit you or those you know. Criminals know that, outside of a weak password, social engineering tactics can be extremely effective in manipulating our natural inclination to trust others.

Criminals will often masquerade as reputable sources, be it a friend or a well-known company, to gain the trust of their would-be victims. One might disguise as a survey taker, charity fundraiser, or any other position which warrants requests for personal information or access to private areas. This puts hackers in an optimal position to take advantage of your trust and kindness. If you’re unsure of a person’s credentials or intent, it’s extremely risky to offer up private data. Doing so could jeopardize the safety of your financial information and personal data. Be wary of what and where you are giving people access to, even if they may appear dependable.

The bottom-line is that security is all about knowing who and what to trust, as well as knowing when and when not to take another person at their word, even if you know the other person. Perception does not always equal reality.
At ZBx Technology we want you to stay safe from hackers. Always use a strong password and don’t be a victim to social engineering tactics.

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