The Dark Web and Its Dangerous Side Effects
In the world of cybercrime, the term “deep web” is often used to describe illegal activity. However, the deep web is actually a broad umbrella term for any internet content that isn’t indexed by search engines like Google or Bing. This includes private databases such as email inboxes and credit card accounts, paywalled websites with content like Netflix and Spotify, and more. The deep web also hosts a host of legitimate activities, including secure payments, free speech for citizens of oppressive regimes, and platforms where organizations and government whistleblowers can communicate safely. While most people may only be aware of a few examples of deep web activities, the truth is that there are far more. Every time someone uses an online banking site or logs in to their Gmail account, they are accessing the deep web. This is because these sites require authentication and authorization, which is different from a password-protected website that only requires a user’s email address to access. In addition to providing a safe platform for communication and collaboration, the deep web is home to a multitude of illicit marketplaces and forums where criminals can exchange stolen information. As such, it is critical that organizations maintain cybersecurity procedures to prevent their sensitive data from being accessed by cybercriminals and sold on the dark web. Having strong and unique credentials, implementing a password management solution, and maintaining good IT hygiene can all help. In addition, a VPN can further help protect against cyber attacks.
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