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 into taking certain actions or surrendering certain information.
It’s often said that social engineers use our human nature against us. They manipulate our trust in order to get us to do what they want, whether that’s surrendering our personal information or taking actions that put us at risk.
A successful phishing attempt can result in the compromise of your personal information, your important accounts, and even your devices. Links and attachments can deliver malware to your device. That malware can harvest your information, make your device vulnerable to further attacks, and even give the phisher control of your device.
Did you know that the most common phishing attacks mimic banking institutions? Learn more about social engineering and phishing from this infographic.