The Dark Web
With online fraud and cybercrime on the rise, it’s increasingly important to make sure you’re safe online. As part of the relaunch of our
Dark Web Scans
service, we spoke with people about our new service to gain insight into their perceptions of this topic. What we discovered is sometimes very disturbing.
Even people who work in the IT field often have little knowledge on the subject and
. Unfortunately, many people don’t have an understanding of this and how it can affect their online security because they believe that they have nothing to do with it unless they actively deal with it themselves. However, it is the case that very private information about us will be
will be, no matter whether this is desired or not.
We would therefore like to provide an insight into the topic and address how it
is, is used, and what dangers private individuals and companies face from dark marketplaces. Finally, in this context, we would like to draw your attention to how you can benefit from our scan services in terms of threats.
Dark Web and Tor
The concept of the Tor network can be traced back to the 2000s, when a group of U.S. military researchers developed a network of encrypted, anonymous communication channels called The Onion Router (Tor) Network. The goal of the Tor network was to provide U.S. intelligence officials with a secure and anonymous way to communicate with each other and their sources without being tracked or monitored.
Over time, the Tor network of dark web sites evolved into a more open and decentralized network and was adopted by a larger number of users, including journalists, activists, and ordinary citizens who wanted to protect their privacy on the Internet. The network became a place where people could communicate and share information without being monitored or tracked, which also led to an increase in illegal activities.
Today, the network is a complex and dynamic part of the Internet with a variety of different communities and subcultures. It continues to be used for both legal and illegal purposes and remains the subject of debate and controversy.
Moreover, it is a part of the Internet that is not indexed by conventional search engines and can only be accessed with special software, such as the Tor browser.
The Tor Browser is a web browser that enables dark web browsing on dark web sites and is designed to protect the privacy and anonymity of users on the Internet. It is based on the open-source Firefox browser, but includes additional features and changes that make it more secure and anonymous.
The web browser routes Internet traffic through a network of volunteer-run servers called the Tor network. This network encrypts the user’s traffic and forwards it to multiple servers, making it difficult to track the user’s online activity or location.
The browser not only protects the user’s privacy, but also allows him to access websites. These websites use the top-level domain .onion and can be accessed only with the Tor browser.
Tor Browser is a free and open source software available for Windows, Mac and Linux. It is often used by journalists, activists and individuals who want to protect their privacy on the Internet.
Use of the Dark Web
The dark web, as indicated above, is often associated with illegal or illicit activities, such as buying and selling drugs or stolen goods, but it is also used for a variety of legitimate purposes, such as anonymous communication and sharing sensitive information.
Some of the most common legitimate uses are briefly summarized:
Anonymous communication: This virtual place offers people the opportunity to communicate anonymously and securely without being monitored or tracked. This can be useful for journalists, activists and others who need to protect their privacy and avoid censorship.
Whistleblowing: It can provide whistleblowers with a secure and anonymous way to share sensitive information with journalists and other parties. This can help expose corruption and wrongdoing and protect the whistleblower from retaliation.
Research: researchers and academics often use the network to collect data and conduct research on sensitive topics such as illegal drug use or human trafficking. This can provide valuable insights and help inform policy and decision making.
Access to blocked websites: In some cases, Dark Web Access may provide access to websites that are blocked or censored by governments or other organizations. This can be useful for people who live in countries with strict Internet controls, or for users who want to bypass Internet filters and access restricted content.
Our dark web scans (also called monitoring ) are a tool or service that can be used to search for specific information or activities. The scans can be used to search for a person’s personal information, such as their name, email address, or social media profiles, and alert them when that information is found. Thus, our scans are a useful privacy and security tool.
Our scans are often used by people who want to protect their privacy and security on the Internet. By having us look for their personal information, they can determine if their information has been compromised or exposed and take steps to protect themselves. Protecting your privacy and security on the Internet is important for several reasons. Some of the most important reasons why it is important to protect your privacy and security on the Internet are:
Personal Security: By protecting your privacy and security online, you can prevent identity theft, fraud, and other crimes that can compromise your personal safety.
Financial security: You avoid financial losses through protection, e.g. unauthorized debits from your credit card or bank account.
Reputation: By increasing your security online, you can help prevent the spread of false or harmful information about you, which can protect your reputation and prevent long-term damage.
Freedom of Expression: Protecting your privacy can help ensure that you can express yourself freely without fear of retaliation or censorship.
Trust: Protecting your personal information helps you build trust with others.
So how should you react if a scan reveals sensitive data about you? First, implement at least 6 out of 7 of our recommended
Resolutions for better IT security
implement. Change your passwords: If your personal information has been
have been compromised, it is important that you change your passwords for any accounts that may have been affected. This can help prevent unauthorized access to your accounts and protect your data. Besides changing your passwords, you should take other technical measures after your personal data appeared in the scan:
Enable two-factor authentication: Two-factor authentication is a security measure that requires users to provide two forms of authentication when they log in to their accounts. So even if your password is compromised, no one can log in with it. Do not use two-factor authentication via SMS, email, or copyable passkeys, but use a second factor that cannot be copied instead!
Use a password manager: With a password manager secured with a second factor, you can create and store strong, unique passwords for all your online accounts. This way you can prevent your accounts from being hacked and protect your personal data.
Enable encryption: Encryption is a security measure where data is encrypted so that it cannot be read by anyone who does not have the correct key. By enabling encryption on your devices and accounts, you help ensure that your personal information cannot be intercepted or accessed by unauthorized parties.
Use a virtual private network (VPN): A VPN is a tool that encrypts your Internet traffic and routes it through a secure server, making it difficult for others to monitor or track your online activity. By using a VPN, you can both protect your personal information and maintain your anonymity on the Internet.
Monitor your accounts: After your personal information has been compromised, it is important to monitor your accounts closely for suspicious activity. This can help you quickly identify and respond to unauthorized debits or access to your accounts.
Consider freezing your bank account: If your personal information has been compromised, you should consider freezing your funds.
Report the security breach: If your personal information has been trafficked, it is important that you report the breach to the appropriate agencies or authorities, such as the police or your bank. This can help prevent further damage and protect others from being affected by the same security breach.
Dark Web Scans for Business
Dark Web Scans
can also be used by companies and organizations to search for sensitive or confidential information such as
that has been leaked or published without authorization. This can help companies prevent data breaches and protect their reputation.
Among the benefits that companies can derive from
Continuous Dark Web Scans
confidential information include:
Early detection. By conducting our scans, organizations can identify leaks or disclosures of confidential information at an early stage, which can help prevent further damage and reduce the impact of the breach. Early detection is important in business data confidentiality breaches because it can help prevent further damage and reduce the impact of the breach. A breach of business confidentiality can have serious consequences for the company, such as financial losses, reputational damage and legal liabilities. By detecting a data breach early, organizations can take action to mitigate the damage and prevent further harm. Specific benefits of early detection of breaches of confidential business information include:
Data loss prevention. By detecting a breach of confidential business information early, organizations can prevent further data loss and minimize the impact of the breach. This helps protect sensitive information and prevent financial loss or other damage.
Containment of the security breach. Early detection of a breach of confidential business information protection can help organizations quickly identify and isolate the source of the breach and take steps to mitigate it. This can prevent the security breach from spreading and causing further damage.
Notification of authorities. If a breach of confidential business information is detected early, companies can notify the appropriate authorities, such as the police or relevant regulators, and request their assistance in responding to the breach. This measure limits damage and ensures that the injury is properly investigated and repaired.
Early detection of a breach of confidential business information can help companies take steps to protect their reputation and prevent the spread of negative or damaging information. This has a supporting effect in maintaining customer trust and preventing long-term damage to the company’s reputation.
Proactive threat management
Early detection of a breach of confidential business information is critical to preventing further damage and reducing the impact of the breach. By detecting security breaches early, organizations can take appropriate action to protect their confidential information and prevent further damage.
Risk and reputation management
RISK MANAGEMENT. Dark Web Scans can provide valuable insight into the risks organizations face in terms of data breaches and exposure of confidential information. Risk management is important in breaches of confidential business information because it can help organizations identify and prioritize potential risks and take appropriate actions to mitigate those risks.
By conducting regular risk assessments and implementing effective risk management strategies, organizations can reduce the likelihood and impact of data breaches and protect their confidential information from disclosure or compromise.
REPUTATION MANAGEMENT. Regular scans can help companies detect negative or harmful information circulating in the about the company. This can help companies protect their reputation and maintain customer trust. Reputation is important in breaches of confidential business information because it can have a significant impact on the success and credibility of the company. A breach of confidential business information, on the other hand, can damage the company’s reputation and lead to a loss of trust from customers, clients and other stakeholders.
When confidential business information is exposed or leaked, it can damage the company’s reputation in many ways and usually leads to a sense of overwhelming vulnerability for those affected. For example, disclosing confidential information can reveal sensitive or embarrassing information about the company, which can damage its reputation and credibility. It can also make the company appear negligent or irresponsible, which can damage its reputation and make it less attractive to customers and clients.
In addition, disclosure of confidential business information may result in legal or regulatory consequences such as fines or sanctions. This can further damage the company’s reputation and make it more difficult for the company to recover from the injury.
The reputational impact of breaches of confidential business information is important because it can have a lasting impact on the success and credibility of the company. When a company protects its reputation, it can maintain the trust of its investors and stakeholders and avoid the negative consequences of a breach of confidential information.
In some cases, companies are required by law or industry regulations to protect their confidential information and prevent data breaches. Dark web scanning can help companies comply with these requirements and avoid fines or other penalties.
Compliance is important for breaches of confidential business information because it can help avoid legal and financial penalties and protect the company’s reputation. In many cases, companies are required by law or industry regulations to protect their confidential information and prevent data breaches. If a company fails to comply with these requirements, it may be subject to fines, legal action or other sanctions.
In the United States, for example, companies are required to notify individuals and regulators when their personal information has been compromised by a data breach. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in significant fines and other sanctions. In the European Union, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires companies to take appropriate measures to protect personal data and to notify authorities and data subjects when a data breach occurs.
Compliance is also important to protect the company’s reputation. If a company fails to protect its confidential information, it can damage the trust of customers, partners and other stakeholders, which can be difficult and expensive to fix.
For the reasons outlined, repeated scans can provide valuable benefits for organizations looking to protect their confidential information and prevent data breaches. By regularly scanning the dark web, organizations can identify and respond to potential threats and protect their sensitive data from being exposed or compromised. Please feel free to add this defensive measure to your portfolio. We are glad about your