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3.3B Social Engineering Attacks in 2023

According to a report by the Ponemon Institute, there were an estimated 3.3 billion social engineering attacks in 2023. This is a significant increase from the 2.9 billion attacks that occurred in 2022. The report also found that the average cost of a social engineering attack was $173,000. Social engineering attacks are one of the most common and effective types of cyberattacks. They work by tricking the victim into giving up their personal information or clicking on a malicious link.

Be suspicious of emails and text messages from unknown senders.

  • Never click on links in emails or text messages unless you are sure that they are from a legitimate source.

  • Do not give out personal information over the phone or online unless you are sure that the person you are talking to is legitimate.

  • Keep your software up to date.

  • Use a firewall and antivirus software.

  • Be careful about what information you share on social media.

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