Protecting your identity from the Dark Web this holiday season

What is the Dark Web? The dark web refers to encrypted online content that is not indexed by conventional search engines. Also known as the "darknet," the dark web is a component of the deep web that describes the wider breadth of content that does not appear through regular internet browsing activities.

How does the Dark Web Work? The dark web has become an online marketplace for illegal goods. Many of the innovations from legitimate online sellers like Amazon and eBay, like customer reviews and seller ratings, have been adopted to facilitate the sales of black-market items.

While we at Spectrum Technology Solutions take cybersecurity very seriously for our clients, we thought that we would offer consumers a few tips to protect themselves from identity theft this holiday season.

Tim Devaney wrote on CreditKarma.com. “It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when it comes to identity theft. You may not remember every store you’ve shopped at or all the websites you’ve visited, but thieves and hackers can strike anywhere and at any time. While the following measures can’t guarantee protection against identity theft, there are ways to better safeguard your information and concrete steps to take if you believe you are a victim”

Let’s take a look at what the experts say:

  1. Check all your financial accounts for errors or suspicious activity.
  2. Enroll in a credit monitoring service.
  3. Place a fraud alert on your credit reports. 
  4. Consider freezing your credit.
  5. Alert the authorities.
  6. Always use strong passwords and be aware of the information you give out.

Devaney continues, “Identity theft is an unfortunate fact of modern life. The most recent government data by the National Crime Victimization Survey/U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics show that 7% of U.S. adults 16 or older have been victims of identity theft.

So while it’s a good idea to use strong passwords and to check your credit reports regularly, it’s just as important to know how to respond when identity theft happens to you”.

“You can’t prevent yourself from being a target,” says John Ulzheimer, a credit expert and president of The Ulzheimer Group. “Everyone’s a target. It’s just a matter of reducing your exposure and making it more difficult for the fraudsters to be successful.”

If you are concerned that your identity may be at risk, give us at Spectrum Technology Solutions a call.623-806-8484 Our cybersecurity experts can run scans to put your mind at ease. Remember protecting your identity from the dark web only takes a few simple steps ahead of time before shopping online.

From all of us at Spectrum Technology Solutions, we’d like to wish you and yours a very happy and safe holiday season.

 


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