Gathering Personal Information Discreetly

Gathering personal information discreetly can be a difficult thing to do. This is because we are often at the whim of large organizations that view us as nothing more than data to be collected, examined and collated—whether it’s for their own benefit or for our own gain.


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Beware of Social Engineering

When gathering personal information discreetly, it is important to avoid social engineering. This type of attack involves leveraging the attacker’s knowledge of human psychology to manipulate the victim into revealing sensitive information. Cybercriminals are known to utilize fear, greed, curiosity and the desire to help others to achieve their malicious goals.

For example, if an attacker knows that their target uses the same password for work and personal accounts, they might send an email pretending to be their bank claiming that there’s suspicious activity in the account. This could lead the victim to provide their login details, granting the attacker access to their financial information and potentially other sensitive data as well.

Another example involves a bogus technical support scam. A hacker may call a company and pretend to be a technician responding to a ticket. They might ask for access to the target’s computer so that they can install software and collect usernames and passwords.

In order to prevent this, companies need to make sure that their employees are aware of the dangers and are properly trained. They should also implement technical safeguards to protect against such attacks such as two-factor authentication and a firewall. It’s also recommended that businesses conduct regular penetration testing to detect and mitigate the threat of social engineering. This will allow them to identify which employees are most susceptible and require additional training on how to protect themselves.

Don’t Force Yourself to Share

With all the scams and schemes going around on social media, texts, emails and voicemails, it’s easy to get sucked into sharing information when you shouldn’t. If you receive a request for personal information, especially if it comes from someone you know, deflecting it by changing the subject or responding in a different method (such as texting or calling) is the best way to handle it.

You also need to be mindful of where you’re gathering information from as you could be liable for intrusion upon seclusion. This is particularly important in an era when many people feel at the whim of not only pressure groups, but large organizations that view them as nothing more than lifeless data floating in electronic chambers. This is why it’s a good idea to “inoculate” people with whom you plan to share by slowly introducing that information over time.