• Rich Castaneda

What Is The Dark Web?

Updated: Apr 17, 2019

According to Wikipedia, the Dark web is:

"The World Wide Web content that exists on darknets, overlay networks that use the Internet but require specific software, configurations or authorization to access"

To put it more bluntly, it's the hidden part of the Internet used by thieves, hackers, sex offenders, drug traffickers, weapons dealers, and just about any other kind of criminal, to purchase, sell, or hide their wares from the government and authorities.

Why does this concern the typical law abiding citizen or business owner? It's because these same thieves are constantly scanning and hacking the regular Internet to steal Protected Health Information (PHI) and or Personally Identifiable Data (PII) such as usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, social security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, etc. All of this information is available for sale/purchase on the Dark Web. If you've ever used Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, FedEx, or any other well know site, your information has been captured and is being sold through the Dark Web.

This is why it's so important to never use the same user name and or password for multiple sites, and to use complex passwords that you change on a regular basis. Businesses such as Certified Public Accountant Firms and Medical Clinics are prime candidates for cyber-security attacks since they house vast quantities of protected data about both individuals and companies.

In future posts, we will be discussing methods for staying vigilant and protecting information from being stolen and sold by Dark Web criminals. We will also be offering a Dark Web Scan for businesses and individuals to determine if any of their information has been compromised. Stay tuned for more to come!

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