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Top Social Engineering Tricks Hackers Use to Infect us with Malware

From the past few years, as the numbers of internet users are increasing, the count of hackers and cybercriminals is also multiplied. There are many attackers who use their technical knowledge to infect other’s computers while compromising sensitive data. You may hear about a variety of social engineering tricks that can harm your system by a great extent.

Eric Muntz from Keonesoftware.com says:

“The social engineers are those attackers who use their technical expertise, psychology and tools to exploit networks in large organizations. In order to do this, they may use social media, phone calls, or any other method and lure victims to provide sensitive personal or corporate information.”

Below we have highlighted details about some of the most common social engineering tricks that hackers may use to infect our systems with some malware:

Phishing

They are the most popular type of scams in the area of social engineering attacks. In this case, hackers try to obtain personal information of target individuals; it may include names, social security numbers, and addresses as well. They make use of some embed links or link shorteners to redirect users towards some suspicious URLs that usually appear to be legitimate. In this case, attackers create a sense of urgency to the victims so that they can act promptly and get trapped. Learn how to report phishing here.

Pretexting

Here is another type of social engineering where attackers try to create some good pretext or fabricated set up with an aim to steal personal information of victims. Such types of attacks are executed by some scammer who pretends that they require a specific type of sensitive information for your welfare. They often try to manipulate targets and force them to take some actions that could exploit the structural weakness of a company or organization.

Baiting

It may appear the same as phishing attacks to some extent. However, in this case, attackers make use of certain good or item to entice victims. It may be some free movie download or other online schemes that motivate people to surrender their personal details to a specific website. They may ultimately infect your system with malware and gain access to all your personal information.

Fake Tech Support Scams

Here is another type of attack that offers some attractive benefits to the victim for exchanging certain specific information. It may be in the form of some important service that is essential for the victim. The attackers may offer some IT assistance to the victims or promise some quick fix to the system. They ultimately end up infecting the entire system with malware and steal all important or sensitive information from the computer. Read this post and learn how to protect yourself from this scam.

In order to stay safe from social engineering attacks, experts advise not to share your personal information to any stranger, especially on untrusted sources. Prefer to install an anti-virus program and lock your laptop with a strong password. Never ever open emails or links sent by some untrusted sources.