“…any act that influences a person to take an action that may or may not be in their best interests.” (Hadnagy, Social Engineering: The Science of Human Hacking)
Wikipedia says that social engineering is the psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. But we cannot limit the possibility of social engineering to information security. Right?
Constructively, social engineering is something we all experience in our day-to-day life. In most cases it may not be malicious in nature.
At its core, social engineering is the building and leveraging of influence in order to convince others to act as someone want them to. Or to get someone to make a decision that benefits himself or to the society in general. (Ref: info.phishlabs.com)
We engage with the Emotional Intelligence (EI) and Moral Intelligence (MI) tactics with Psychological measures and tools (e-psychologist), hypothetically a “e-Counsellor” to boost and guide one to accomplish his/her self-esteem with the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Here we look in to the constructive aspects of social engineering to make positive role models who can inspire children to live meaningful lives and to drive develop each member through the benefits of transformational leadership; in the sense, powerful personality in a family or society could influence its children and youth morally and spiritually.
Coming soon from ioNob ……
Kindness is a social engineering technique.
For the majority of people, it is part of their nature to want to help others who they perceive to be in need. This desire to improve the lives of others in some small way can be seen in as simple a gesture as giving change to a homeless person on the street. However, this desire can be taken advantage of. Imagine, for instance, a woman rushes into the atrium of the building you work in, she looks stressed and upset and is rummaging desperately through her handbag: “I forgot my badge and I am so late for my meeting! Would you mind please letting me through?” Would you do it? Most people probably would.