Are you Cyber Savvy?
|Social Engineering is defined as
“the art and science of getting people to comply to your
wishes”, “an outside hacker’s use of psychological
tricks on legitimate users of a computer system, in
order to obtain information he needs to gain access to
the system” or “getting needed information (for example,
a password) from a person rather than breaking into a
system”. It is the process with which others may
gain access to areas, property and information without
Social engineering can be any and all of these things, relative
to one's perspective and circumstances. It
is accomplished without force, coercion or hypnosis and does not
cause wild behaviourisms. The common
denominator everyone seems to agree upon is that Social
Engineering is generally a person’s manipulation of the
human being's natural tendency to trust.
Social engineers rely upon the fact
that people are not aware of the value of the
information they possess and are careless about
protecting it. Social engineers use the information to build a
platform for accomplishing their task, whether that is
stealing, hacking, gaining more information, predation
or other equally invasive tactics.
You might know the Social Engineer by another term -
Internet predators, white
collar theft and to an increasing degree, hacking,
depend upon social engineering.
Social Engineering techniques are utilized by predators
when they prey upon the innocent and naive.
Family Safety and Security includes educated and informed parents as well as youth.
Identity Theft protection involves an informed and aware public.
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Please don't allow yourself or your family to succumb
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[Note: Social Engineering has been
an accepted practice in all aspects of our lives and is
not necessarily evil. Who uses it ? Corporations (Sears,
Microsoft, Sun, Wal-Mart, Chevy, Ford - to name a
few) in their
advertising campaigns, all Houses of Worship,
Schools, Media, Governments throughout the world, and