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Hacking the Mind: How and Why Social Engineering Works [Infographic]

Think twice before you open that email you just received. Think three times if it came from someone you don’t recognize, and just go ahead and hit delete if the message is prompting you to find out who has a crush on you.

Guard your trust when you go online. For many people in today’s world, being “online” has become a constant status. High-speed internet, smart phones and tablet PC’s have enabled us to stay connected whenever and wherever we are.

Social hackers understand that the internet is contemporary society’s western frontier. They have been capitalizing on our many vulnerabilities when it comes to keeping our very personal details private, and the problem has only seemed to get worse as the digital age has developed.

No longer are these individuals characterized as being lonely nerds that never stray from their parents’ basement. Social hackers are a new breed of hacker, one that occasionally goes out into the world to manipulate people face-to-face. These social scammers are able to attain just enough personal information from the victim to gain access to their financial accounts and other private areas of their lives.

Techniques as simple as looking over a shoulder as someone enters bank details or passwords are often used, as well as sending out deceiving emails ridden with malware and viruses that can take control of your computer. Hackers pose as a trusted entity in email blasts that utilize mind tricks to get the viewer to click on the link that will trigger the infection of your computer.

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Literally everyone with an internet connection is vulnerable, no matter the brand of computer you use or the anti-virus software installed on your hard drive. The first step in ending this nonsense is public awareness, so think twice before you click on that link in your mysterious email.

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Infographic by Veracode Application Security

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