5 emotions cyber criminals pray on

Social engineering is a category of cyberattacks that rely on manipulation through psychological means.

The top 5 emotions they will aim to fiddle with are:

  • Fear
  • Curiosity
  • Impatience
  • Anxiety
  • Excitement.

Be wary of emails, instant messages, phone calls or SMS messages that pressure you into acting quickly, scare you into doing a certain action or just seem too good to be true.

For example, scareware uses such tactics.

When our emotions get the best of us, that’s when cybercriminals have the upper hand. Keep your cool and analyze with untrusting eyes anything that seems suspicious. You’ll be much safer because of it!