Social engineering is a broad term used to describe a variety of practices that trick someone into being part of a cyber attack. We’ve all heard about a “friend of a friend” who has given money to a foreign prince in exchange for a piece of his inheritance, right? Today, the most common form of social engineering is phishing – when hackers use tactics to steal money or information from unsuspecting individuals. Most malicious software is brought in through phishing emails where employees mistakenly release viruses by simply opening a seemingly innocuous email. Many phishing emails are disguised as an important alert, either from a bank, PayPal, or even the IRS. They appeal to our fear and encourage us to act hastily. Don’t fall for it!