The Dark Web explained

The Dark Web is a series of encrypted networks which hide the identity of the users. At Pisys we can advise you on best practices to stay safe online.

It has since grown into a platform of dark and illegal activities along with a common visiting ground for cybercriminals and hackers accessed through specialised software.

There are three different internet variations of web:

  1. Surface web – Google, YouTube, and general search engines
  2. Deep web – Hosts information which requires passwords to gain access-personal profiles
  3. Dark web – Series of encrypted networks that hide the identity of the online use

Many use the Dark Web to protect their online privacy as they can be anonymous. Although it isn’t always used for illegal activity it must be approached with caution, and at Pisys we strongly advise that you do not visit unsecured sites.

The dangers are endless as scammers can sell and buy passwords and crucial personal details along with credit card details on online black markets.

It is also where con artists go for identity theft and to carry out financial fraudulent activities.

Unfortunately, personal information is leaked on the Dark Web constantly and comes at a cheap price to cybercriminals which is destructive to businesses and individuals who may be unaware of their data being available.

The inhospitable operating conditions are continuously innovating and growing to enhance user experience, making it more appealing and accessible.

It is unsafe to search as risky activities are constantly in motion. To prove the risks attached, it has the potential to infect devices with:

  • Viruses
  • Malware
  • Trojans
  • Ransomware
  • Malicious files

Another fact that may shock you is that social media sites are mirrored on the Dark Web creating a less private friendly environment.

You can protect yourself from the Dark Web by:

  • Using a VPN which allows your device to hide location and IP address
  • Don’t visit unsecured sites
  • Stay up to date
  • Get in touch with Pisys for further advice and IT security support