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DEFINITION: Pretexting is a form of social engineering in which an individual lies about his identity or purpose to obtain privileged data about another individual. A pretexter may then use this data to engage in identity theft or corporate espionage. Pretexting may be employed by telephone or email, through customer service instant messaging or a company Web site. A pretexter may use a variety of strategies  … 
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ESSENTIAL GUIDE: In this guide, you’ll learn more about phishing, why it has become such a widespread problem, and the negative impact that a phishing attack can have on your company and your customers. You’ll also learn how SSL and EV SSL technology can help protect your website, your business, and ultimately your bottom line.
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McAfee 15 Minutes to a Secure Business: Daily Security Practices
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Five Network Security Threats and How to Protect Your Business
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Measuring End User Susceptibility and Defenses Against Phishing Attacks with CORE Insight
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Protecting Commercial Online Banking Customers from Next-Generation Malware
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Data Sheet: Sunbelt Exchange Archiver
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Symantec Internet Security Threat Report: Trends for 2011
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Symantec Intelligence Report - June 2013
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SOCIAL ENGINEERING DEFINITION (continued): …  to obtain personal information. In one scenario, for example, the pretexter might call an individual claiming affiliation with a bank, survey firm or credit agency. In another scenario, a pretexter might claim to be a customer, client or employee of a company to gain access to phone or electronic records. After establishing trust with the targeted individual, the pretexter might ask a series of questions designed to gather key individual identifiers (like social security numbers, mother's maiden name, place or date of birth, or account numbers) under the guise of needing to confirm the individual's … 
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