In relation to cybersecurity, social engineering is a technique used by cybercriminals to manipulate and deceive individuals to gain sensitive and private information from them.
Scams based on social engineering are built around how people think and act. So, once a hacker understands what motivates a person’s actions, they can usually retrieve exactly what they’re looking for.
Some examples of information cybercriminals might be able to collect from you are:
- Financial data
- Personal information
Nowadays, everyone is using social media as a way to share parts of our lives with each other. Unfortunately, this is how a lot of cybercriminals are able to collect information on you. Individuals oftentimes don't realize just how much information they're sharing online.
A common example we see are vacation pics posted to social media which gives away a few things:
Another example that we see often are 'new home' photos where individuals will sometimes pose in front of their new home with their key.
What they might be giving away is:
Be aware of what you share on social media as it might give away valuable information to hackers and lead to a breach in your data.
Make sure you avoid sharing birthdays, locations, license plates, ID cards, and other information about yourself or loved ones which may put yourself at risk for a cyberattack.