Cybersecurity: Protect Your Data From the Dark Web

by | Aug 8, 2023 | "How To" Articles, Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity and the dark web should be a top concern for you, your Atlanta business, and your family members. Some of the most significant data breaches in Atlanta, GA, and worldwide are caused by shared data on the dark web. Cybercriminals exploit and sell sensitive information on the dark web, like passwords, health records, social security numbers, phone numbers, addresses, child pictures, and health information.  Unfortunately, it is already too late when discovered.

What is the Dark Web?

The dark web is an unregulated part of the Internet and is only accessible through the Tor web browser. It is often associated with illegal activity because there is no governing authority to apply rules, and users can remain anonymous. Activities often include unlawful trade, forums, and media exchanges for pedophiles and terrorists. The dark web is dangerous because the sites are riddled with viruses, malware, hacking, and even hijacking through your webcam.

How Does my Information Get on the Dark Web?

Today, we lived in a connected community, and everything is data-driven. That’s why you can assume it’s only a matter of time before a bad actor, viruses, malware, ransomware, and any number of phishing expeditions on your computer, cell phone, or other devices compromise your information resulting in thousands of dollars in theft.

SMB Vulnerabilities

In 2022, a reported 24 billion user names and password combinations were on sale on the dark web compared to 15 million in 2020 by digital shadows. In addition, 40% of SMBs fell victim to successful ransomware attacks whose records contained fresh data that hackers could harvest to fuel cyberattacks. Even more concerning, those who have previously been attacked can assume their information lives on the dark web. As a result, your information can be sold for as much as $1000 for patient records and $110 for credit card information.

How to Protect Your Information

Cybercrime is at an all-time high, but there are certain things you can do to protect yourself on a personal and professional level.  These include:


Your personal information and your children’s personal information are at risk unless you:

  • Avoid Using Public WIFIs
  • Use a Password Authenticator
  • Monitor Your Credit
  • Freeze Your Credit (when you are not using it)


Cybercriminals’ primary targets are companies in the United States. Most often, cybercriminals gain network privileges to infect the infrastructure with malware. However, you can minimize the likelihood of getting hacked by using the following tools:

  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • Use a Company Password Authenticator
  • Active and Up-To-Date Firewalls
  • Antivirus
  • Spam Detection Service
  • Managed Detection & Response
  • Data Encryption

The practice of keeping your data safe is ongoing.  However, if you are diligent and quick to take action, you can avoid becoming a victim in many circumstances.

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About the Author

Deborah Frazier is the author of IT Outsourcing Secrets – A Small Business Guide to Compare IT Support Companies. With nearly 20 years of experience consulting small and medium-sized businesses on their IT support needs, she brings a wealth of knowledge to INSI as Head of Marketing and Sales. If you like this article and want to be notified when a new article is posted, click here.

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