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The Impact Of Social Engineering—And How To Defend Against Social Engineering Attacks

Social engineering isn’t just a personal threat—it’s a corporate one.

More than half of all businesses are a target of a social engineering or spear phishing attack every year. It’s an increasingly pressing issue, and it’s one that many businesses are only just starting to take seriously.

Whether you’re the owner of a small, medium, or large business, know that social engineering attackers don’t discriminate due to size. If you don’t learn how to defend against social engineering, you could likely be the next victim of a social engineering attack.

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4 Of The Most Common Forms Of Social Engineering Used By Hackers

Ever been targeted by a social engineering attack? Chances are, the answer is “yes,” even if you didn’t realize it at the time. According to a 2019 report, 99% of cyberattacks use social engineering techniques to trick users into installing malware.

The good news is that they can be avoided. Learning about the most common methods used in social engineering is the best way to start. If that sounds overwhelming, don’t worry—we’re here to help you get up to speed. Here are four of the most common forms of social engineering used by hackers:

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Social Engineering Attacks: Different Types And How To Prevent Them

For many users, cybersecurity attacks can feel depersonalized—coming from scripted codes, automatic malware, or distant bots. But social engineering attacks differ in one key aspect: they’re based in human interactions.

Rooted in psychological manipulation, social engineering attacks occur when attackers trick users into sharing sensitive security information. With cybersecurity becoming stronger, different types of social engineering attacks allow bad actors to exploit something that firewalls can’t defend against: human weakness. According to a 2019 report, 99% of cyberattacks use social engineering techniques to trick users into installing malware. You’ve likely been the victim of one yourself, even if you didn’t realize it at the time.

There are many different types of social engineering attacks, but all of them exploit more than just a technical vulnerability. By targeting a human vulnerability, they gain victims’ trust—and ultimately use it against them.

What is social engineering?

What is Social Engineering? How Hackers Are Using Your Brain Against You

Imagine the following scenario: you receive a text message from a reputable company saying you’ve won a free vacation for being a valued customer. All you have to do is click the link to redeem it—but there’s a catch. Only the first five people to click will win a vacation, so you’d better act fast! Do you click it?

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How To Renew An SSL Certificate

If your SSL certificate expires, it can open your website up to harmful cyber-attacks that can result in a manual action (penalty) from Google leading to a loss in organic search rankings, traffic, and potential loss in revenue and customer trust. This is why it is essential to know how to renew an SSL certificate.

Thankfully, renewing an SSL certificate is easy. In this post, we will explain how to renew an SSL certificate in a few steps.

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How SSL Certificates Work-And What They Do

You already know what an SSL certificate is and how to get an SSL certificate. But how do SSL certificates work, and exactly what does an SSL certificate do? We’ll walk you through the ins and out of SSL certificate functionalities—starting by breaking down the basics.

What Does An SSL Certificate Do?

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How to Get an SSL Certificate for Your Website (and Why You Need One in the First Place)

It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, or what audience you cater to, you need make people feel safe while visiting and engaging with your website. To do that, you’ll need to obtain a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate. Having an SSL certificate is one of many signs that your website is secure, especially if users conduct financial transactions or exchange other sensitive data on your site.

A Small Business Owner’s Guide to Preventing SQL Injection Attacks

SQL injection is such a common tactic in cybercrime that it’s been named a top security threat by the OWASP Top 10, a powerful awareness document representing the most critical security risks to web applications. If you’re not protecting your website from this type of attack, your business and customers are at risk.

So what is an SQL injection attack, and why is this method so popular among professional and amateur cybercriminals?

Website Security for Clients: Are You Prepared?

This is the fourth and final chapter of our Making Security Make Sense to Clients series. In this post, I’ll be reviewing how to include website security in your freelance projects and the various benefits of doing so. I’ll also highlight some key points and answer the following questions:

  • Why should website security matter to your clients?
  • How does including website security as part of your project costs benefit your freelance business?
  • Why and how do websites get hacked?
  • How can you secure any website in five simple steps?

The Benefits of Securing Your Client Websites

Welcome to the second article in our Making Security Makes Sense to Clients series.

In our first post, I talked about the importance of securing your own site first, and what can happen if you don’t. If you’ll recall, a website hack ruined my first internet business and I want to make sure you’re doing all you can to mitigate the risks to your own website, and those of your clients.

Let’s assume your own site is secured. Great. Now, what about your client sites? Are you actively implementing basic security best practices on the sites you hand over? This post will talk about why securing your clients’ websites is important to your immediate and long-term business.

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