Tech writer Anjali Rao says social engineering is not only an effective method for gaining control of a social situation, it can also be used to get a person to agree to something they don’t want.
“Social engineering is a form of persuasion that you can use to persuade a person,” she told Business Insider.
“It can also lead to an exchange of money, which is one of the main motivations for using it.”
Rao said the biggest challenge with social engineering was that it was so new, and people could not be sure if they were being targeted by the fake person or the real person.
“It’s hard to tell who’s telling the truth,” she said.
“If you are a victim of social engineering, you don’t have much recourse.”
She said social engineering had become so easy for some people to use that it wasn’t worth investigating further.
Rao suggested people try to use the techniques of other persuasion to get others to agree with their beliefs.
“Use social psychology to find out if your friend or relative or colleague is being swayed by an opinion or a message that might be misleading or deceptive,” she explained.
“Ask yourself: Am I getting this message because I’m gullible?
Or am I hearing it from someone who is in a position of authority and might be willing to take it on?”
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