Social engineering is a broader term used for manipulating people and trying to get them to do things. For professional social engineers, it is a very interesting and challenging task because, unlike with other types of guesswork, with social engineering you do not need to guess about the right thing.
For example, a social engineer might try to convince you that there’s a mole in your company. He tells you that your company has been hit by a virus and needs to be fixed. He says that he has found some files that show that your company has been hacked. He brings along with him a CD that he says is full of possible problems. However, all those files just show that your computer has been working fine. He tells you that he’ll be taking a quick look at your computer and then he hands the device back to you.
But then, he didn’t really do anything. He just took your CD, put some software on your computer and left. You didn’t lose any data. However, you weren’t too happy about what happened. Why? Because you felt unrespected and taken advantage of.
So, what can you do to protect yourself from this behavior? The first thing you should do is to report such incidents to the authorities. You can do this by calling your local police department or FBI. You may also want to contact the companies that your merchant accounts are with. Tell them what you have found.
Next, once you have reported the incident to the authorities, contact cyber security firms. Do not try to solve the problem yourself. These firms can get you the software or hardware you need to prevent such things from happening to you again.
After you have work your way through the various databases and removed any viruses from your computer, you should run a system scan. This will bring up a list of all the viruses that are infecting your computer. When each one is detected, you can choose what you want to do with it. In some cases, the virus will be deleted permanently; others, you can simply delete it and allow it to run. Choose your virus protection program carefully. There are a lot of virus programs that really harm your computer. Before you download some, make sure to do your research and do a bit of research again. This time, make sure that you are doing your research properly as some of these programs could pop up again even after you have deleted them.
Be sure to get a cleaner for your computer. A cleaner will delete all the files that are part of the virus program and they will also give you the opportunity to start your computer again. When you are cleaning your computer, you will be asked to restart your computer a few times. By doing this, you will start your computer at the least twice. This will teach you that your computer is not at risk of being hacked by a virus. To be on the safe side, this is what you need to do.
When you are shutting down your computer for the night, you should make sure that there are no files left open. This is to encourage your computer to shut down at the proper time so that it can carry out its last update. If you do this wrong, you can get a virus.
In closing, anti virus programs are a good place to start if you want to protect your computer. However, you need to be aware that these programs can only protect your computer from viruses. They will not protect your computer from other types of malware.