What is social engineering?

Social engineering is the umbrella term covering scams like phishing, pharming, spam, and scams. Unlike other forms of malicious hacking that exploit a user’s software, social engineering exploits our natural tendency to trust each other.

How does social engineering work?

Social engineering is often employed by fraudsters to impersonate a trusted authority. The goal is to manipulate a victim into performing a certain action or giving up private information, such as a password or credit card number.

Back to Glossary