malware through social engineering
Social engineering is a technique that involves manipulation. By presenting malware in an engaging way, it tricks the users into downloading malware without questioning. Users are also tricked into giving away their sensitive information easily by social engineering techniques. Some examples of social engineering are:
1. Phishing email
Phishing email is one of the primary tools in conducting malware attacks worldwide. In 2018, 92% of malware was distributed through phishing emails according to CSO. It is a deceptive email that pretends to be important and creates a sense of urgency. By pretending to be an email from a boss, authorities, or a friend, it convinces the user to act promptly. Once the user opens the email or downloads the attachment, malware installs on the computer without the user’s awareness. That’s social engineering. If you install anti malware, this malicious activity will be detected right away.
2. Phishing link/ URL
Another form of social engineering that redirects the user to a fake website. It is distributed on different websites. The hacker adds a link below a video or an article to download a game cheat or crack software. When the user clicks on the link, it generates a fake login page to be able to download. While the user is filling it out the information, malware is installing behind the background. Also, consider the personal information stolen, because it is automatically transmitted to the hacker’s end. If you don’t install anti malware, you will easily fall victim to a phishing link.
3. Fake software
One of the leading causes of malware infections. Fake software conceals malware. By pretending to be a legitimate software, it tricks the user into downloading it. It is often presented as a flash player update, a game app, and a video player. Once the fake software is installed, malware spreads in the computer. Without an anti malware installed on the computer, the malicious software will cause a malware infection.