Did you know that every Fortune 500 company has been exposed to the Dark Web at some point? Their massive Internet presence and amount of customer data leave them vulnerable to attacks. While no one is immune to the dangers of cyber attacks, those who invest in cyber security fare better than those who neglect Dark Web protection.
So how do you prevent your business from falling victim to attacks done using the Dark Web? In his book, Small Business – A Hacker’s Playground: Cyber Security, Elevated Technologies founder Jason Rorie gives us valuable insights. Rorie explains the Dark Web, how it affects small businesses, and the steps you can take to protect your online accounts from cyber attacks.
What is the Dark Web?
The Dark Web is the hidden part of the Internet only accessed using a special kind of software. The websites here are still visible to the public, but server details are hidden, and these sites are not indexed by search engines. Because of the degree of anonymity, some whistleblowers use it as an avenue to release classified information. Unfortunately, the Dark Web also attracts those who use it for more harmful and often illegal activities. Fraud, hacker solicitation, subscription stealing, and purchasing credit card numbers & bank login credentials are a few examples of Dark Web activities.
How is My Business at Risk?
Hackers can use the Dark Web to send seemingly legitimate emails to unsuspecting victims. This tricks the recipient into giving away their personal details or login credentials. Once the hackers receive the sensitive information, they send malware to the victim and demand a ransom to stop the attack on the victim’s computer.
In this type of cyber attack, the hackers inject malware into various legitimate advertising networks. Like what they do in phishing, they also deliver malware to victims whose personal details have been captured.
The attacker observes a particular group and zeroes in on an individual who often visits certain websites. Then, the attacker infects someone from the group with malware. This tactic capitalizes on the fact that attacking one victim could affect the whole group.
The hackers begin by finding the weaknesses of an Internet-facing company. Then, they exploit that vulnerability to infiltrate the company’s network and find login credentials.
Protecting Against the Dark Web
Use Secure Passwords
Simple protection against the Dark Web is to stop using simple passwords that are too easy to guess. Create complex passwords by incorporating a variety of characters. You should also avoid using the same password for different accounts. While no password is completely secure, these measures should make it difficult for hackers to access your account.
Change Passwords Regularly
Using the same password over an extended period will make your account more vulnerable to hacking. Changing your password every few months will make it difficult for hackers to break into your account. In addition, you will be able to determine if someone else has been trying to log into your account.
Use Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
Your email, social media, and bank accounts should have two-factor authentication. This makes it much harder for hackers to access these accounts. Another benefit of 2FA is a lesser chance of losing access to your own account since those who log in will have to go through a double layer of security.
Answer Security Questions with Fake Answers
Social media has made it possible for anyone to find out the most private details about a person. For this reason, it would be wise to create fake answers to security questions. This way, hackers will not be able to crack the answer that easily.
There is a service called the Dark Web ID that detects stolen credentials and mitigates cyber security threats. It monitors the Internet and private websites to ensure that its clients’ credentials are not found on the Dark Web. It also manages passwords to make sure that these personal details are not compromised.
Criminal activities done using the Dark Web generate hundreds of millions of dollars a year in revenue. This amount equals the money that businesses lose when they fall victim to cyber attacks. To prevent this scenario from happening to you, ramp up your company’s cyber security today. Don’t know where to start? Elevated Technologies is here to help. Contact us today to help protect your business from the dark web.
For more information on Dark Web security, check out our founder Jason Rorie and his book Small Business – A Hacker’s Playground: Cyber Security.[addtoany]