Top Social engineering attacks

How to protect against them


Phishing involves an email or message that appears to be from a reliable source. The attacker sends a message with a link or attachment that can install malware or steal login credentials when clicked.

#1 Phishing

Baiting attacks involve offering something of value, such as a free download or gift card, in exchange for sensitive information.

#2 Baiting attacks

Pretexting attacks involve creating a false scenario to gain access to sensitive information. For example, a cybercriminal could imitate as an IT technician and ask for login credentials.

#3 Pretexting attacks

Tailgating attacks involve following someone into a secure area without proper authorization.

#4 tailgating attacks

Watering hole attacks involve compromising a website that is frequently visited by a target group of individuals. The attackers then use the compromised website to distribute malware or steal sensitive information.

#5 Watering hole attack

Vishing attacks involve using voice communication, such as a phone call, to trick individuals into divulging sensitive information.

#6 Vishing attack

- Verify the sender's identity - Avoid clicking on suspicious links - Report any suspicious activity to the appropriate authorities. - Avoid sharing sensitive information

Protection against social engineering attacks

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