What Is a Dark Web Scan?
The dark web is the area of the Internet that is not easily accessed by typical online users. It’s notorious as a hotbed of criminal activity and cybercriminals must use certain programs and credentials to access it.
Some experts refer to the dark web as the badlands of the Internet.
The size and reach of the dark web are astonishing.
Where is the Dark Web?
According to CNBC, the dark web is a small subset of the deep web, which is part of the internet hidden from search engines and from the public. That includes many websites that require users to log in with a username and password for various purposes.
The deep web, which houses the dark web, is estimated to be about 400 to 500 times larger than the public internet.
The dark web is a marketplace for criminals to profit from stolen credentials or sensitive information they steal online. It’s untraceable and often transactions are made in bitcoin or non-traditional currency.
On the other hand, the public internet where most of us spend our time makes up on 10-15 percent of the actual internet.
Cybercriminals gain our credentials by hacking into sites we use, like shopping sites, banking applications and all types of subscription services. The problem comes in when we reuse the password that is stolen across multiple platforms.
What Puts You At Risk?
According to Infosecurity Magazine, as many as 65 percent of Internet users recycle the same password for multiple or all accounts.
So how can you know if your passwords have been compromised? Only through a dark web scan, where IT experts harvest data from the dark web and can check it for your personal information.
If your credentials are stolen and your passwords are reused across multiple platforms, your sensitive data is at risk. And your corporate data could be too, as many employees reuse personal passwords for business applications.
Recovering from an online intrusion is expensive, both timewise and monetarily. It’s wise to know quickly if your sensitive information has been compromised in any way.
Baroan Technologies Can Help Protect Your Company From Cyberthreats
We would be happy to help you scan the dark web data to see if you or your employees have been affected in any way. It’s critical to know quickly if your credentials have been compromised so that you can react quickly by changing your passwords.
If you don’t have the right protections in place, like two-factor authentication, you are vulnerable to hacking attempts once your credentials are found on the dark web. A scanning service can run proactive intermittent checks of the dark web so you can respond quickly and effectively.
Baroan Technologies is a leading IT company in New Jersey, helping businesses like yours protect their most valuable data. We offer best-in-class cybersecurity solutions that provide protection and peace of mind.