With so many security breaches, viruses and ransomware causing havoc and stealing data, almost every London IT company is recommending that companies carry out a dark web scan to make sure they haven’t been compromised. All companies are at risk from cybercrime regardless of size. Sometimes, smaller companies are targeted specifically because they are deemed to have less of a budget to ensure the best security measures. However, in recent years, even large companies like Sony and Equifax with almost unlimited security budgets have fallen foul of the criminals.
What is the Dark Web?
The dark web is a part of the internet that can only be used if you have special software like Tor. This allows you to access websites that are otherwise cloaked from view, even from search engines and browsers. Because of this anonymity, these websites can be engaged in illegal activity like sharing the newest hacking tools and buying and selling stolen identities from individuals or companies that have been hacked.
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The idea of using a dark web scan is to try to find evidence of any of your emails or sensitive information being bought or sold. There are marketplaces where the criminals go specifically to find information like this. The scan can find any that relate to you and your company.
You can search for all types of personal information such as email addresses, credit card numbers or phone numbers. The types of information that are deemed valuable can be anything that can be used to clone identities or passwords to get into otherwise secure systems.
What to Do If a Scan Finds Your Data?
Professional IT companies can help you secure your systems and guide you through the steps to protect yourself and your customers if any of your data is found. One thing you can do yourself, however, is to make sure your passwords are very strong and are changed frequently. If possible, a two-stage authentication and verification process should be followed so that you have that extra bit of cover. You should be trying anything that keeps out even the most cunning thief who is trying to steal your data or compromise your systems.
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If you are worried that your company may have been compromised or your sensitive data stolen, you can reach out to a London IT company like Wem Technology. We can help you find out if your security methods are sufficient to keep out the most determined hackers, and if the situation calls for it, we can organise a dark web scan. Contact us now to keep your company safe and your sensitive data even safer.