social engineering

noun

Definition of social engineering 

: management of human beings in accordance with their place and function in society : applied social science

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These details, coupled with social engineering tricks, can gain access to your banking accounts, your social media profiles, and your online services. Kim Komando, Fox News, "7 clear-cut signs you've been hacked," 5 May 2018 These details, coupled with social engineering tricks, can gain access to your banking accounts, your social media profiles, and your online services. Kim Komando, Fox News, "7 clear-cut signs you've been hacked," 5 May 2018 Expulsion for unruly students is now virtually impossible due to liberal social engineering. WSJ, "Better Pay Won’t Solve School-Structure Ills," 29 May 2018 There are two ways to pull off this social engineering trick, Mack told me. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Cyber Saturday—Apple iPhone Phishing Trick, Zscaler as Best Tech IPO, Facebook Fails," 9 June 2018 These details, coupled with social engineering tricks, can gain access to your banking accounts, your social media profiles, and your online services. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "7 clear-cut signs you've been hacked," 4 May 2018 In fact, virtually no one believes that — because achieving such equality is impossible to literally realize, absent a degree of social engineering that would make Chairman Mao blush. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Jordan Peterson Does Not Support ‘Equality of Opportunity’," 25 May 2018 The third doesn’t exploit any vulnerability at all in Telegram, since (1) developers are clear the desktop version doesn’t provide secret chats and (2) the malware relies on the social engineering of a user. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "It has been a bad week for encrypted messaging and it’s only Wednesday," 16 May 2018 It’s time for the forced social engineering at the expense of the taxpayers to stop. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: A Children’s Story," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of social engineering

1899, in the meaning defined above

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social engineering

noun

English Language Learners Definition of social engineering

: the practice of making laws or using other methods to influence public opinion and solve social problems or improve social conditions

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