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"Phishing entails collecting victim information through using social engineering."

Is this correct? It sounds better to use "through use of" to my ears, but would that be more correct?

I also considered "by using," but I prefer to use "through" as it seems to imply that "using social engineering" was the method used rather than simply a part of the process.

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    4 -ing in one sentence feels a bit much.
    – wetcircuit
    Sep 17, 2022 at 22:16
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    Try dropping the word using entirely, you'll find the sentence reads much better. Sep 18, 2022 at 12:50

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There is no need to use either using or use of. "Through" inherently implies the same.

It should simply be:

Phishing entails collecting victim information through social engineering.

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