Our data, both personal and business-related, is constantly at risk. Cybercriminals are on the lookout for data such as passwords and other credentials that can be used to take over accounts of all kinds. Further complicating the matter is the fact that this type of digital theft is rewarded on the dark web. Criminals can sell and trade the data for further financial gain. It is estimated there are 9.5 billion passwords and 10.5 billion emails for sale on the dark web.
What can you do to protect your information from ending up on the dark web? Here are a few tips to protect your passwords and other data.
Do not reuse passwords. Using the same password, or similar variations of it, across many accounts is risky. Once a cybercriminal has your password, he can access any accounts which use that password. This puts your financial information and personal data at significant risk. Instead, consider using a password manager to mitigate the threat of having your accounts hacked. A password manager has security measures in place, including multi-factor authentication, which make it very difficult for a cybercriminal to break into your account.
Regular monitoring. Even if you are diligent about protecting your private information, there is still a possibility that criminals will find, or have already found, a way to steal your personal or financial data. Signing up for credit monitoring and regularly checking reports are proactive steps toward identifying any theft as early as possible. If you suspect your information has been compromised, take the additional step to freeze your credit in order to prevent future damage such as new accounts being opened in your name.
Avoid using public wi-fi networks. Public wi-fi networks are convenient and provide access nearly everywhere. The security risks of using public wi-fi, however, are significant. Cybercriminals stand ready to intercept your valuable information on these public networks so important or sensitive information should not be accessed in the public domain. Keep these best practices and tips in mind when accessing public wi-fi networks.
The monetization of data makes it even more critical for people to stay vigilant in protecting their data and credentials from falling into the wrong hands. Being aware of the dark web and its potential for danger is the initial step in safeguarding sensitive and important information. Understanding how to keep your information safe will help prevent it from ending up on the dark web.
The AJTC team are experts in data and network security and can help your company protect sensitive and valuable information. We will work with you to create and implement solutions to best suit your business. Contact AJTC today to learn more about our managed services, hosted services, and customizable technology solutions. You may also visit AJTC here or call 708.942.8200.