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Social Engineering Attacks


Cybercriminals know that the best way to breach defenses is to trick the user into doing something harmful. Their methods range from cleverly worded email, to fake websites, to even phone and snail mail. Everyone is a potential target and anyone who uses the Web risks social engineering attacks each time they open their email or browse to a website. To effectively defend yourself, you need to become aware of just how much personal information about you is publicly available via the Web and learn to control the information so it cannot be used against you, your friends, or your family.

1. What Are Social Engineering Attacks?

With social engineering scams, the attacker is relying on you to make the wrong choice. One wrong move and it's game over for you and your data. The first defense is understanding what social engineering attacks are so you're better able to recognize the signs.

2. Targeted Attacks: How Criminals Know So Much About You

Believability is key to a successful social engineering scams. Some attackers will go to great lengths to collect as much information about you or your activiities, so they can custom-design a scam just for you. That's known as a targeted attack. Here's how they collect that info.

3. Online Games and Social Engineering Attacks

People who play online games are at heightened risk of social engineering attacks. The reason is two-fold. First, they face the same high risks as everyone else of encountering social engineering attacks. Secondly, online gaming accounts (usernames and passwords) are a specific addiitonal target that gamers must confront. Here are some of the tricks used with the online gaming scams.

4. Five Reasons Victims Fall for Social Engineering Attacks

The Internet is built on anonymity and that makes it easy for cybercriminals to masquerade as anyone or anything. To avoid becoming thei next victim of a social engineering attack, you must learn to filter through the available clues and make the right decisions. To help you do just that, here are the top 5 reasons that otherwise sensible people fall victim to social engineering attacks.

5. How to Guard Against Social Engineering Attacks

Scams can cost you a great deal of money and even ruin your credit rating. Learn how to proactively take charge so you don't become the criminals' next victim.

6. Social Networking Scams: The .Con

Social networking sites allow users to engage one another, keep tabs on old friends, and even make new friends. However, if not used carefully, social networking sites can also leave you more vulnerable to scam artists and malware delivery.

7. Avoid Koobface and Other Social Networking Worms

Four easy-to-follow tips that can help you avoid infection by Koobface and other social networking worms.

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