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Social Engineering, Second Edition

The Science of Human Hacking
Narrated by: Christopher Hadnagy
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Social Engineering: The Science of Human Hacking reveals the craftier side of the hacker's repertoire - why hack into something when you could just ask for access? Undetectable by firewalls and antivirus software, social engineering relies on human fault to gain access to sensitive spaces; in this book, renowned expert Christopher Hadnagy explains the most commonly used techniques that fool even the most robust security personnel and reveals how these techniques have been used in the past. 

The way that we make decisions as humans affects everything from our emotions to our security. Hackers, since the beginning of time, have figured out ways to exploit that decision making process and get you to take an action not in your best interest. Networks and systems can be hacked, but they can also be protected; when the "system" in question is a human being, there is no software to fall back on, no hardware upgrade, no code that can lock information down indefinitely. Human nature and emotion is the secret weapon of the malicious social engineering, and this book reveals how to recognize, predict, and prevent this type of manipulation by taking you inside the social engineer's bag of tricks.

©2018 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (P)2019 Gildan Media

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  • RM
  • 04-10-19

Eye opening listen

You probably already know some of the concepts in this book, you probably use some of them on a daily basis to some extent. But The things you don’t know, he fills in and ties together with amazing clarity. This can also shape the way you communicate with people on a regular basis.

I now have a much better idea on how to formulate a quick short communication to people to get my point across. This is just one small take away from this amazingly great book. this book covers much more than history phishing emails though, it covers the entire methodology from gathering Intel through report writing. He does a deep dive on phishing, smishing, vishing, and other methods. Not only does he detail best practices, but he also goes into the science of why these things work.

If you are also looking for advice on how to break into the industry, this is the authoritative place to start.

I also do security awareness training where I work, and these concepts will be integrated into that training from here on out.

I cannot recommend this book enough!

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  • EAGLE RIVER, AK, US
  • 03-21-19

excellently preformed and great content

this is an excellent book about the methods of social engineering and how it is used in a professional manner. I recommend this to anyone who is curious or interested in security. in particular to security guards so that they understand what to look for when people are trying to take advantage of you. by focusing on the human vector the author really reveals the shortcomings of security

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Hands Down the BEST Resource for SE

I've read a lot of books on SE, but combines the psychology, science, and social dynamics into an easy to follow formula like this book does. I'm not kidding, it saved my marriage.

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A little dissapointed

I was hoping for more science and psychology. There is some toward the end, but still not what I was looking for. The first half of the book is like a classroom lecture. The author does state he gives week long classes and it seems like half the book is a classroom lecture made into a book. The second half does provide some practical application the author has used in real life and those stories were the most enlightening. The book seems geared more toward a person who wants to be or is a new social engineer in that career field. I learned more about social engineering from Kevin Mitnick's books. He is the original social engineer and hacker all others are compared to. The author narrates the book himself which is well done. That is a very good match for this type of book. There are some things to be learned from this book and I did learn things. There is value in reading the book for most anyone.

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  • Vanrad H.
  • 03-27-19

Terrible

Couldn't get through it. Terrible book, not very informative and has some awful attempts at humour. Could likely be summarise in one or two pages.