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Learn Social Engineering

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Learn Social Engineering

Overview of this book

This book will provide you with a holistic understanding of social engineering. It will help you to avoid and combat social engineering attacks by giving you a detailed insight into how a social engineer operates. Learn Social Engineering starts by giving you a grounding in the different types of social engineering attacks,and the damages they cause. It then sets up the lab environment to use different toolS and then perform social engineering steps such as information gathering. The book covers topics from baiting, phishing, and spear phishing, to pretexting and scareware. By the end of the book, you will be in a position to protect yourself and your systems from social engineering threats and attacks. All in all, the book covers social engineering from A to Z , along with excerpts from many world wide known security experts.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)

To get the most out of this book

A step-by-step practical guide that will get you well acquainted with Social Engineering. You'll be able to get started with this book in a matter of minutes with the help of different tools such as the Social Engineering toolkit , Kali Linux and so on.

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We also provide a PDF file that has color images of the screenshots/diagrams used in this book. You can download it from https://www.packtpub.com/sites/default/files/downloads/LearnSocialEngineering_ColorImages.pdf.

Conventions used

There are a number of text conventions used throughout this book.

CodeInText: Indicates code words in text, database table names, folder names, filenames, file extensions, pathnames, dummy URLs, user input, and Twitter handles. Here is an example: "Whois.net lists information such as the email addresses, telephone numbers, and IP addresses of targets that one searches information about."

A block of code is set as follows:

intitle:"not for distribution" 
"confidential" site:websitename.com

Bold: Indicates a new term, an important word, or words that you see onscreen. For example, words in menus or dialog boxes appear in the text like this. Here is an example: "Company stalker: Company stalker is important for gathering email information."

Warnings or important notes appear like this.
Tips and tricks appear like this.