Social engineering is an attempt to steal your personal information by disguising fraudulent activities with information that looks safe and harmless. Such attacks can be executed in a number of ways. There is the obvious method that most of us have probably heard of, or seen, such as email messages offering something that’s only “1 click away!” Other methods are more deceptive, involving seemingly innocent phone calls or random USB drives left sitting in a parking lot.
The objective is still the same: have you forfeit your information for their personal gain. There are no software programs that you can run to protect yourself from the most deceitful social engineering. (Although you may be able to combat some of the more basic attacks with an anti-virus program or anti-spyware.) Its not all bad news, though, knowing what to look for can help protect your information against disingenuous attacks. Let’s dive into the different methods on how to keep you and your information safe.