What is social engineering attack?
Social engineering attacks are a type of cyber attack that rely on human interaction to gain access to confidential information or privileged access to systems. These attacks often use psychological manipulation techniques to deceive victims into providing sensitive data or access to a system.
For example, an attacker may send an email posing as an IT support team member, requesting the user’s account login credentials. The message may appear to be from a legitimate source, such as the company’s IT department, and may include a link to a fake website that looks like the company’s legitimate login page. Once the user has entered their login credentials, the attacker can gain access to the system.
Another example of a social engineering attack is called “phishing.” Phishing attacks typically involve an email or text message that appears to be from a legitimate source, such as a bank or online retailer. The message may contain a link to a fake website that looks like a real website. When the user enters their username and password, the attacker can use that information to gain access to the user’s account.
Social engineering attacks are becoming increasingly common, and they can be difficult to detect. It is important to be aware of the signs of a potential attack and take steps to protect yourself from becoming a victim.
• Refusing to provide sensitive information in response to a request
• Hovering over links before clicking to make sure they are legitimate
• Keeping your passwords secure
• Installing anti-virus and anti-malware software
• Regularly updating your operating system and software
• Monitoring your bank and credit card statements for suspicious activity
• Backing up important data regularly
• Avoiding public Wi-Fi networks
• Using two-factor authentication whenever possible