Every year, millions of attacks are successfully carried out against businesses just like yours. It’s important to know what you’re up against and how to protect yourself.

The most common social engineering tactic is phishing, often coupled with a strategy called pretexting. By gaining the trust of the victim, hackers are able to lure them into giving out sensitive personal information. Also be on the lookout for baiting, in which attackers offer free downloads, such as movies or e-books, and demand personal information from the victim. The best tools against phishing are online filters that automatically detect phishing scams, security programs, antivirus programs and education on best online practices. It should be obvious to your employees that giving out personal or company information is something they should never do outside of trusted sites that they can confirm are genuine. SmallBizTrends.com, 2/28/2019