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Shining a Light on the Dark Web

Author: Kyle Fiehler, manager, brand content writing at OpenText, parent of Webroot & Carbonite
Author: Kyle Fiehler, manager, brand content writing at OpenText, parent of Webroot.

For the average Internet user, the dark web is something you only hear about in news broadcasts talking about the latest cyberattacks. But while you won’t find yourself in the dark web by accident, it’s important to know what it is and how you can protect yourself from it. After all, the dark web is where most cybercrimes get their start.

The dark web explained: In short, the dark web is a sort of online club where only the members know the ever-changing location. Once a criminal learns the location, they anonymously gain access to sell stolen information and buy illicit items like illegally obtained credit cards.

Innovations in the dark web: The dark web isn’t just a marketplace, though. It’s also a gathering area where criminals can recruit each other to help with their next attack.

In fact, the rising rates of malware and computer viruses can partially be explained by cyber criminals coming together to pool their talent. They’ve created a new model for cybercrime where criminal specialists sell their talents to the highest bidder. Criminals might even loan out new technology with the promise that they get a portion of any stolen funds.

Related Video: Discover how cybercriminals find their targets on the dark web.

Protecting yourself and your family

The first step in protecting yourself from criminals in the dark web is to have a plan. The right cybersecurity tools will keep your important financial documents and your most precious memories safe from attack – or even accidental deletion.

And while cybercriminals are developing new methods and tools, cybersecurity professionals are innovating as well. Strategies for cyber resilience combine the best antivirus protection with state-of-the-art cloud backup services, so you’re protected while also prepared for the worst.

This guest blog is courtesy of Webroot, an OpenText company, and authored by Kyle Fiehler, manager, brand content writing at Webroot, an OpenText Company. Read more Webroot guest blogs here. Regularly contributed guest blogs such as this are part of ChannelE2E’s sponsorship program.