Tag: social engineering

Cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs noted on his website the security and simplicity of adding a vocal password to your authentication process when you call a company such as a bank or investment firm to obtain access about your account. Voice passwords are a great idea. They can be a very effective security measure if a hacker calls your bank to open a fraudulent account in your name or requests a large transfer out of your account. Most banks require only your …

What is social engineering? It’s the art of manipulation that relies heavily on human interaction and psychology to trick people into revealing sensitive information about themselves or others. Social engineering works to exploit the human inclination to trust others, and for that reason, it’s one of the most dangerous and murky threats facing organizations today. Think about it—why waste time trying to crack a password that could take hours or days, when you could get someone at the company to …

Online Tech attended, exhibited and spoke at the 2012 SecureWorld Expo in Detroit, Michigan last week. Here’s a recap of some of the sessions: Day 1: Opening Keynote – Rick Moy: “Security Product Considerations” Key objectives of evaluations include security/performance needs, fitting into enterprise (policies and procedures), as well as the efficient use of funds and resources. Moy stated that ‘it used to be assumed that hacking is hard, now access is presumed’, underlining some of the changes in perspective …

Social engineering is an amorphous subject. In essence, the idea is to coerce someone into giving you information and/or access that, by all accounts, you shouldn’t have. However, the ways that social engineers can maliciously get anything from credit card information to usernames and passwords is almost infinite. And why not use this method? If I had the choice between breaking a door down, or having someone from inside opening it for me, I can assure you it wouldn’t take …

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