DARK WEB 101

What is the Dark Web and are you safe?

Everything you need to know
about the Dark Web

We've all heard "old wives tales" about the black market that exists on the internet.  We've been warned by nightly news broadcasters, school principals, and grandmothers alike that the internet is full of anonymous people with malicious intent.  We agreed not to meet up with strangers we met on the internet (Uber and Lyft aside), not to advertise when we are away on vacation (except for Snapchat), and not to buy items from unverified sources (apart from Craigslist). That's enough right?

It turns out something as innocuous as existing on the internet is enough to leave you (and your company) vulnerable to attack by cybercriminals on the dark web.

The deep web is simply the collection of websites that aren't reachable by Google and other search engines.  This includes any websites that are password protected (your DropBox, your bank account, library catalogues, etc.) or webpages that are intentionally hidden from search engines, in order to avoid public viewing.

The dark web is the portion of the deep web that is accessed

through many layers of protection in order to protect the identity

of its users.  This is the part of the internet that you were warned

about.  "Masked" strangers use the dark web to exchange

confidential information or buy illegal goods and services. 

One of the illegal products peddled on the dark web includes

usernames and passwords that were stolen from breached

businesses - Yahoo, MySpace, LinkedIn, DropBox, etc.

These credentials are purchased and then reverse-engineered to

allow the buyer access to your most personal and valuable accounts.  

How often do you change your password?

Do you use a distinctly different password for your personal

and business accounts?

Do you think your employees do?

Detect Compromised Credentials Used to Exploit Employees and Clients

Our Dark Web ID Credential Monitoring detects compromised credentials in real-time on the Dark Web and notifies you immediately when these critical assets are compromised, before they can be used for identity theft, data breaches, or other crime. Digital credentials such as usernames and passwords connect you and your employees to critical business applications, as well as online services. Unfortunately, criminals know this — and that’s why digital credentials are among the most valuable assets found on the Dark Web.

Far too often, companies that have had their credentials compromised and sold on the Dark Web don’t know it until they have been informed by law enforcement — but by then, it’s too late. According to National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), small and medium-sized businesses may have more to lose than larger organizations, because cybersecurity events can be costly and threaten their survival.

Cybersecurity doesn’t have to be too overwhelming, expensive or complicated.
The first step to protecting your business is understanding your risk.