Chances are you’ve heard of the dark web but don’t really know what it is and have probably disregarded it as something else that won’t bother you or your business…but it probably already does!
What Is The Dark Web?
The dark web (who’s origin is traced back to being created by the US Navy) is made up of hidden websites that you can’t access without special software or tools. The dark web allows users and website operators to remain anonymous or untraceable. Dark websites don’t appear when Googling or using any other search engines.
There are a lot of genuine reasons for using the dark web but it has also become a place where criminals are carrying out cyber-crime. For example, if you’re selling online databases of people’s personal information such as credit card details or website login information, you would want to hide your location so that you can’t be identified by the authorities. That’s why criminals are utilising the dark web to the full.
What Does The Dark Web Mean For My Business?
It means you need to be even more cyber-secure! The dark web has been used for years to sell illegal items but these days it’s the place where stolen and leaked corporate data can be bought. When you think about the customer information, usernames and passwords used inside and outside of your business, we’re pretty sure you wouldn’t want it being stolen and sold on the dark web!
What Can I Do To Protect My Business From The Dark Web?
There isn’t in fact a great deal you can do once the information is out there due to the very anonymity the dark web brings, but the best starting point would be to let us run a dark web scan to see what the criminals already know about you and your staff that will aid them in compromising your business. Know your enemy (Sun Tzu the art of war), armed with the knowledge of where compromises exist you can take action before the criminals do. Be proactive, don’t wait until its to late.
We’ve helped two clients recently, one that had used the same password all over and it was leaked when LinkedIn got hacked in 2016. He was still using it but not anymore after we’d highlighted it.
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