How Do I Protect Myself And My Business From The Dark Web?
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Public Web, Deep Web & Dark Web
The Public Web we use daily is but 4% of the web. There is the Deep Web where information that is not indexed by search engines and does not require authentication makes up about 93%. The Dark Web, makes up the other 3%. This dark web is where information is not accessible by normal internet browsers. This means if you’ve ever been a victim of a data breach, it’s a place where your sensitive information might live.
Once your information is lost, it may change hands many times-especially if it’s a valuable combination of information (like medical information, a Social Security number, or an identifying address with account information). Criminals looking for this information can access records that live online and are often available inexpensively-such as bundles made up of many records going for less than $10.00 per record. These bundles are called “Fullz” because they include the full package for the fraudster: name, SSN, birth date, account numbers and other data that make them desirable since they’re rich enough to do immediate damage. Savvy cyber-thieves also may wait some time before using the data they buy, because immediately following a breach, many people are more guarded and on the lookout for red flags on accounts, bills and their credit reports.
For business’s, cyber defense tools can mitigate such attacks, but many fail. Humans are by nature curious and, in any organization, there is bound to be someone who falls victim to a message like, “Uh-oh. Did you see these pictures of you from the office party”? One click and on a silly message like that, and your files are immediately at risk.
For the individual, be vigilant about looking for red flags that your identity is in some else’s hands, including:
Monitor your accounts and statements for any information that looks suspicious
Check your credit report regularly to see if inquiries or new accounts appear that you don’t recognize