Have you been to the dark side?

The dark side of the web that is?

The dark web is a hidden section of the internet that you need a special browser to access. Its pages aren’t indexed by search engines. And it hosts a lot of illicit dealings.

It isn’t all bad. Sometimes the dark web can be used for above board purposes. For example, journalists may use it to interview sources who wish to remain anonymous.

But the criminal activity there is huge, with everything from drugs, guns, and counterfeit money being sold. One of the other high demand products for sale is data.

Your data, maybe?

If you’ve ever had a company inform you that it’s had a data breech, it’s likely your details are floating around the dark web. And if that’s the case, it’s only a matter of time until you’re targeted by cyber criminals.

While you can’t do much about your data being breached, you can stay a step ahead, and stop cyber criminals from accessing your accounts.

First and foremost, use a password manager to create unique passwords for all your accounts and apps. And use multi-factor authentication where possible, to add an additional layer of protection (this is where you generate a login code on another device).

Google has a cool tool called Password Checkup, that allows you to see if any of your passwords have been compromised. Check this regularly and follow any guidance on changing your passwords.

It can be tricky to navigate data security, so if you’d like some help, we’re here for you. Give us a call at 317-497-5500 to learn more.