People envision hackers as pale, sleep-deprived figures sitting in darkened rooms, forcing their way through security systems by typing madly at their supercomputers. They are supposed to be experts in accessing any system, fluent in every programming language, and able to crack into the Pentagon’s network in five easy steps.
In reality, this kind of hacking is uncommon. It is far easier for hackers to gain access to systems by simply asking for it.
Through the process of social engineering, hackers bypass security systems by deceiving their victims and tricking them into surrendering important or confidential information. Social engineers avoid the complicated task of hacking through computer security systems by targeting the weakest link in the information security chain: the human user. Remember, you are a target.
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