Social engineering is the art of manipulating people so they give up confidential information. The types of information these black hat/notorious hackers are seeking can vary, but when individuals are targeted the criminals are usually trying to trick you into giving them your passwords or bank information, or access your computer to secretly install malicious software–that will give them access to your passwords and bank information as well as giving them control over your computer.
Criminals use social engineering tactics because it is usually easier to exploit your natural inclination to trust than it is to discover ways to hack your software. For example, it is much easier to fool someone into giving you their password than it is for you to try hacking their password (unless the password is really weak).
A company can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on firewalls, intrusion detection systems and encryption and other…
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