The internet is far larger than many may think, the Deep Web alone is approximately 400 times larger than the surface web which everyday users browse. However, a shadowy and often misunderstood sector known as the “Dark Web” lurks beneath both the Surface Web and Deep Web, accounting for approximately 6% of the total internet. Unlike the “Surface Web,” which is accessible to anyone with a standard web browser such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari and many others, the Dark Web requires specialised solutions to delve into its depths. This part of the internet is uncharted by traditional search engines, hosting thousands of websites and forums that promise complete anonymity and freedom from the prying eyes of the mainstream web.
However, this veil of anonymity also provides the grounds for people looking to deal in many illicit activities. The darker corners are filled with marketplaces for drugs, weapons, counterfeit currency, and, alarmingly for the business sector, stolen or hacked data. The trading of hacked information poses a significant threat to both individuals and businesses. This marketplace thrives on selling and trading email addresses, usernames, passwords, and other sensitive data. Criminals can then utilise this data for identity theft, fraud, corporate espionage, and a host of other nefarious activities, making the Dark Web a serious threat to businesses.
Data traded on the Dark Web can provide criminals with the keys to your business’ digital kingdom, providing cyber criminals with the information needed to potentially access email accounts, banking services, social media and can even lead to accessing business devices which use the same credentials, which in turn can lead to substantial financial and reputational damage. As such, it is essential that businesses remain cautious of the information available to cyber criminals on the dark web and monitor the information available on the dark web to keep themselves protected.
Employing Dark Web monitoring services is a proactive step towards securing your business’ digital assets. These services constantly scan the Dark Web, monitoring the hard-to-reach corners of the that would be otherwise impossible to find, for any traces of your business’ sensitive data.
At TwentyFour IT, we can monitor all of your business domains and alert you immediately when any of your business account details are found on the dark web, thus enabling us to work with your business to contain the threat, change passwords and secure you accounts against potential breaches, implement Two-Factor/Multi-Factor Authentication and much more.
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