You’ve heard of it. The dark web. It’s the nefarious place where people go to steal credit card numbers and engage in illegal activity. It’s a seedy underground of the Internet that you have no idea how to get to and, frankly, want to keep it that way. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t something about you lurking on the dark web. Something personal and valuable.
But, first, what is the dark web? According to 403Tech, Calgary’s premier IT services organization, “The dark web is the part of the web that is not indexed by search engines.” It’s the place where people go to buy drugs, guns, counterfeit money, hacked Netflix accounts, stolen subscriptions, hacked bank account information, and more. What’s even scarier is that information about you or your organization — sensitive information — could be for sale on the dark web. In fact, a study conducted at the University of Surrey by Dr. Michael McGuires concluded that 60% of dark web listings could harm enterprises. The dark corners of the web just got a little darker.
While every single thing on the dark web is not illegal — you can join a chess club or go on a scavenger hunt — most of it is. If you have a successful organization, that means you are a target for hackers to steal important data and sell it on the web. This could be anything from medical information used to blackmail individuals to credit card information, email passwords, verified Zoom accounts, and social media credentials. A breach like this could put your entire company in jeopardy. Imagine this information in the wrong hands and the amount of damage that could be done. If you’re thinking this can’t happen to you, think again. Cybercrime is on the rise every day and more and more people and institutions are being targeted.
For this reason, it’s important to have cybersecurity in place as a preventative measure. Also, it’s a good idea to have a dark web scan done by IT professionals from 403Tech. This scan will look for any information on you or your company that is lurking on the dark web. If information is found, your organization can then take the necessary steps to rectify the situation.
To prevent your data from being stolen in the first place, reach out to 403Tech for a wide range of IT services and cybersecurity. Our friendly, reputable team will answer all your questions and concerns and get you set up right to give you and your employees peace of mind, knowing that your sensitive data is protected. If you suspect your data has been stolen, we will work with you to recover accounts and take other necessary steps. Don’t leave your cybersecurity up to chance, because chances are it will get hacked and posted for sale on the dark web.
The COVID-19 pandemic sent businesses scrambling to pivot from an office-based environment to a remote workforce. A recent issue of Business in Calgary featured 403Tech President Scott Gallupe, who advised on how local businesses can protect their IT systems from cybersecurity threats. He explained that passwords and video collaboration tools are possible entryways for viruses and malware. The article, Alright, Stop, Collaborate and Listen, features several local IT leaders, describes the issues faced by business owners during the pandemic and provides guidance on ways to protect business data from ransomware and other types of cyberattacks.