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Cybersecurity Tip of the Week – Misinformation versus Disinformation


You’ve probably heard the terms misinformation and disinformation bantered about when talking about social media or the news. Although the terms are often used interchangeably, they are distinct. Misinformation is simply false or inaccurate information. Disinformation is false or misleading information deliberately used to deceive and spread fear and suspicion.

Social engineers use both misinformation and disinformation to get recipients to react in a certain way, usually to give out personal information that can be used to steal identities. Be cautious about responding to any post. Use multiple means to separate fact from fiction.