One of today’s most effective cyber-attack methods is to take advantage of the human tendency to trust.
Social engineering, a form of psychological manipulation where an attacker cons users into divulging information or doing something they want the user to do, can occur through phone calls, email, text messaging, social media and online chats.
Indicators of social engineering attacks include:
- A tremendous sense of urgency, or pressure to make a quick decision
- Someone asking for information they should already know
- Something too good to be true
To avoid social engineering attacks, never share your passwords and don’t share too much personal information on social media, which can give attackers information to mislead you. If someone asks for something personal, verify their contact information first.