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We live in a world where we interact with multiple people on multiple communication platforms. Social media and email provide convenience and entertainment, but the sharing of personal information comes with the danger of revealing details that criminals can exploit through social engineering.
Social engineering is a technique used by criminals to trick users into revealing confidential information. The data obtained is used to gain access to systems and carry out actions to the detriment of the person or organization whose data has been compromised. It usually involves psychological manipulation that invokes urgency and fear that lead victims to reveal sensitive information through email or over the phone.
Here are some common social engineering attacks:
Other versions of phishing include: