The Dark Web is a part of the internet that is only accessible through special software which allows users to operate anonymously, without being traced. Because of the anonymity, much of the activity on this network is illicit. The Dark Web is laden with scams and traps and other bad stuff, so it’s not a place you want to be exploring, but it still could be relevant to your business or personal security. Why? Because of what’s on the Dark Web. Users make money by selling stolen credit cards, passwords, social security numbers and more—and your business could be affected.
The first step to achieving Dark Web security for yourself and for your business is knowing whether or not your information appears on the Dark Web. You might think you’re safe because you’re careful with your information, but can you say the same for your employees and your family members? Oftentimes, employees end up using company emails for personal use, or to create social media accounts for the company. Both of those could put the company’s digital assets at risk.
At Waterdog Computer Works, we offer two ways to search for your information on the Dark Web:
Dark Web ID is meant for businesses, it’s a platform that monitors any illicit activity associated with a domain name, including email addresses. We monitor 24/7/365 and let you know anytime there’s a new hit on the Dark Web associated with your company’s domain name. If there’s not, you’ll receive a clean bill of health each month. In addition to monitoring everything associated with the domain name, you can submit up to 5 different personal email addresses that are not associated with the domain. This is a great option for business owners who would also like to monitor activity associated with their families’ email addresses.
Spotlight ID – Spotlight ID is similar technology, but it is for personal use. You can monitor your personal identity, social profile and credit profile. This means you’ll get alerted when there are any hits for your social security number, address, email address and other personally identifying information. You’ll also be alerted if anyone is targeting you or your family on social media, plus, you’ll get instant updates from all major credit bureaus.
But before you sign up for round-the-clock monitoring, we can tell you if your information is at risk. With Waterdog, you get a free search before you sign up for either of these services.
If there is evidence of your information being targeted on the Dark Web, it likely means there is a security breach. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the data has already been used to exploit your company, but having it out there is certainly cause enough for concern. We recommend consulting your IT security teams. If you need IT security services or disaster recovery, we can help. Contact us at 484-580-8568 to get started.