The first book to reveal and dissect the technical aspect of many social engineering maneuvers...
From elicitation, pretexting, influence, and manipulation, all aspects of social engineering are picked apart, discussed, and explained by using real world examples, personal experience, and the Science & Technology behind them to unraveled the mystery in social engineering.
Kevin Mitnick - one of the most famous social engineers in the world - popularized the term social engineering. He explained that it is much easier to trick someone into revealing a password for a system than to exert the effort of hacking into the system. Mitnick claims that this social engineering tactic was the single-most effective method in his arsenal. This indispensable book examines a variety of maneuvers that are aimed at deceiving unsuspecting victims, while it also addresses ways to prevent social engineering threats.
Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking does its part to prepare you against nefarious hackers. Now you can do your part by putting to good use the critical information this audiobook provides.
©2011 Christopher Hadnagy (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Concepts I heard already a decade ago in selling and NLP. Almost nothing new presented under just a catchy title. Story is too self-centered, like look at me doing this and that. First two chapters are about what the book is going to be about, so a lot of time and space are wasted. Couldn't finish.
Probably in the distant future, but this book repeated a lot of concepts as it is.
Yes. It's important to keep abreast of how you or your organization can be exploited in the modern world.
All I ask of non-fiction narrators is to present the information as-is without being distracting. I feel like he mostly did that. At times he sounded a bit robotic; this was actually my first Audible audio book, and I initially wondered if they had used a computer program to narrate the book. But I wouldn't say it was distracting. Shoot... sometimes I talk like a robot.
This could totally be some Discovery Channel or TruTV series with no-name actors playing the roles of the malicious social engineers or hired auditors and victims. Kind of like the one crime show called "I Almost Got Away With It."
I gave it as long as I could, but when I started hearing "con man," or "a@@hole" every time the narrator said "social engineer" I knew I had wasted my latest credit.
The narrator did a great job reading the book to the tone of its message. The content of the book were fairly well explained and detailed where needed. Additional detail could be found on your own if needed
The content's relation to real world experiences.
This book gives important information on how to secure company and personal data. It's a book on deep psychology and hacking methods used by security personnel and bad guys. Very informative and interesting.
I found the reader spoke too slowly for me, so I increased the speed to 1.25%. This is the first time I have needed to do this for an audiobook.
everybody should read this book as introductory entrance to the real world. this way you can better understand how people., collegues, bosses and many people around had manipulating you and will manipulate. knowledge about this make you much more stronger and not get trapped on this.
As a computer scientist the idea of a dedicated discussion on this topic was very interesting, but after a while it started to feel a bit cold and as the author moves from topic to topic the new material lacked that refreshing feeling of moving deeper into the topic. I was not disappointed in the book, the content was there and the techniques are very interesting to me personally so I was able to contend with the simplification of some topics. But after a while the book began to feel like it was repeating the same information in different ways. I had to struggle through the last 2 hours or so. All in all it is worth picking up if the topic interests you, it is also a fantastic reference for someone who does not really understand where the world of information security is these days. I would have loved twice as many stories about actual field encounters and maybe a little less on the ideas of playing someones emotions against them. I get the connection to the con-man mentality, but the author seems to focus a little too hard on this particular aspect, without a clear purpose to the techniques.
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