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Dodging Deception: A Crash Course on Social Engineering

Social engineering attacks are becoming increasingly prevalent in the digital world. These attacks exploit human weaknesses, rather than technical ones, to gain access to sensitive information or manipulate individuals into performing actions that are not in their best interest. This brief blog will explore various social engineering attacks and provide tips on spotting and preventing them.

Types of Social Engineering Attacks


Phishing, a prevalent social engineering attack, uses deceptive emails, text messages, or websites that mimic credible sources like banks, social media platforms, or e-commerce sites. The objective is to dupe individuals into revealing confidential details like usernames, passwords, or credit card information.


Pretexting, a variant of social engineering attack, builds an artificial rapport with the target, impersonating a known contact or a credible organisation. Leveraging this false trust, the perpetrator aims to collect confidential data or persuade the target into actions like funds transfer.


Baiting is a social engineering attack that involves the promise of a reward or incentive to entice the victim to act, such as clicking on a link or downloading a file. The bait is often in the form of a gift card, movie download or software update.


Tailgating is a physical social engineering attack that involves an attacker following an authorized individual into a restricted area. The attacker often pretends to be an employee, delivery person or contractor.

How to Spot and Prevent Social Engineering Attacks

Be Skeptical

The first step in preventing social engineering attacks is to be sceptical of unsolicited communication, especially those requesting sensitive information. It is crucial to verify the legitimacy of the communication by contacting the company directly through a verified phone number or email address.

Enable Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication is an extra security barrier requiring two types of identification – typically a password and a verification code delivered to a mobile device – to access an account. Its activation can thwart attackers’ attempts to access the account, even if they possess the login details.

Educate Employees

Staff members frequently pose the greatest vulnerability in cybersecurity measures. Consequently, it’s critical to instruct employees about different social engineering attacks and equips them with the necessary training to identify and counteract these threats. Such training could involve simulated phishing exercises, in which employees are subjected to counterfeit emails to test their reactions.

Keep Software Up to Date

Keeping software updated is an essential step in preventing social engineering attacks. Software updates often contain security patches that address vulnerabilities that attackers can exploit.

Use Antivirus and Anti-Malware Software

Antivirus and anti-malware software can help prevent social engineering attacks by detecting and removing malicious software before it can cause harm.

Avoid Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi networks are often unsecured and can be easily compromised by attackers. Therefore, avoiding public Wi-Fi for sensitive information, such as banking or shopping, is essential.


Social engineering attacks are a real threat in today’s digital world. By understanding the various types of social engineering attacks and implementing the tips outlined in this article, individuals and organizations can better protect themselves from becoming victims. Remember always to be sceptical of unsolicited communication, enable two-factor authentication, educate employees, keep software up to date, use antivirus and anti-malware software, and avoid public Wi-Fi.

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