Social Engineering, Second Edition

The Science of Human Hacking
Narrated by: Christopher Hadnagy
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (129 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • 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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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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Author thinks he is funny... He isn't.

this book has some good info, but is full of unfunny humor, quips, puns, and jokes. Author is also fond of self adulation and name dropping. overall good info, written poorly. I got so sick of listening to bad jokes, author patting himself on the back so hard he was ar risk of breaking his arm. was unable to finish. if bad jokes and self adulation interspersed with a smattering of good info is your thing you will love it. if you are looking for a serious and straightforward journey into a topic find a different book.

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good listen

I enjoyed the book greatly. It was eye opening and very instructive. If you are looking for a good book on social engineering this one will ring true, grab you, and help you see.

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Good Material, well presented by the author!

I picked this up on a lark. Wasn't aware that this author had several books prior. Was immediately impressed by references to work by Dr. Paul Eckman, an expert on non-verbal communication; I've read a couple of his books as well. Well structured as a survey on the material, and I appreciate that the author will connect concepts to real world experiences. Have actually recommend this to friends.

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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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Great Read / Listen

the book flows, the content is amazing and it delivers. sometimes due to references to URLsyou remember that it was supposed to be a book but other than that it reads like a great narrative. it confirmed and I learned a lot

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A fascinating listen!

This was an informative listen and I appreciated the explanation of methodologies. In a world where these kinds of crimes are on the rise, I would recommend this book to everyone.

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Best SE book

Tons of examples, easy to understand to begin or expand on existing knowledge. Highly recommended read for everyone in today's society

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Great Wisdom !!!

Enjoyed listening to Chris, what an amazing story narration ! Enjoyed every chapter in this audio book and will surely listen again. Lots of take aways !!!

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  • 02-04-20

excellent, thought provoking

So many ways to make even every day life better if one adopted his techniques or, took them to heart and adapted them into their own. I highly recommend everyone read this for basic behavioral cues for improved socializing in personal and professional environments.

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  • 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.