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The Dark Web – What is it, and how can you protect your business from it?

Thursday, 13 February 2020

You may have heard of terms such as “The Dark Web” and “Phishing Emails”, but what are they and are they a threat to your business?

Here’s some information you may find useful:

The Dark Web

Think of it as the sinister version of the internet.

It’s not easily accessible and is used extensively by criminals to buy and sell stolen goods and products.

It’s where cybercriminals sell the data they have stolen, such as bank account details, passwords, customer data, names, addresses and more.

It’s also where other criminals buy such data to clone credit cards, take out loans, drain bank accounts and generally ruin your business.

How do they get the data in the first place?

Generally, from phishing emails, but what are they?

Phishing Emails.

These are sophisticated fake emails – although the scam has now spread to social media, messaging services and apps – that attempts to trick the target into doing what the scammer wants. 

That might be handing over passwords to make it easier to hack a company or altering bank details so that payments go to fraudsters instead of the correct account. 

The aim and the precise mechanics of the scams vary: victims might be tricked into a clicking a link through to a fake webpage to persuade the user to enter personal information (it’s estimated 1.4 million of these fake websites are created every month!) 

Other campaigns involve tricking users into downloading and installing malware – for a stealthy approach to theft – or inadvertently installing ransomware, which enables the criminal to shut off all systems and hold the business to ransom, providing the attacker with much more immediate profit.

So, what can you do to prevent your business details from ending up on the dark web thanks to a phishing email?

Firstly, we can check the dark web to see if your data is for sale.

The first report is free, and it will list the email address, password, and in some cases where the data breach occurred, so you know which passwords to change to secure your information.

If this sounds appealing, we can produce a monthly report for only £95 + VAT per domain.

Secondly, as the majority of phishing emails are inadvertently opened by staff, we offer bite-sized, online training modules (5-10 minutes each), delivered over a 12 month period, to show staff what to look out for and make them more aware.

This is followed up by a series of dummy phishing emails (sent by us) to see which staff are still engaging with scam emails and need extra training.

These courses start from £6 + VAT per person, per month for 1 year and includes a suite of short, online courses to raise awareness of scams to look out for.

What to do next?

Simple, get in touch with us and let’s have a chat about keeping your data off the dark web and protecting your company.

Call 01792 464748 or email [email protected], and we can arrange a date and time for a visit.

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