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What is the dark web?

Posted: 23 Mar 2021

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What is the dark web, and why should I care about it?

The dark web isn’t an actual place; it’s a hidden network of websites that require specific resources to access. Its visitors use special masking software to hide their identities and IP (or Internet Protocol) address, which usually traces online activity on your computer.

Why it is a go-to destination for criminals

It is nearly impossible to track or identify dark web users, making it an attractive place for cybercriminals who use it to buy and sell stolen personal information obtained through data breaches, hacking or social engineering attacks such as phishing or fishing.

Where is the dark web?

Essentially, it's at the bottom of the internet. It’s not visible to everyday users on the public web and search engines such as Google. You could think of the internet as a giant iceberg of information:

The web can be thought of as an iceberg with different parts representing the public, deep and dark web.

What Information is for sale online?

Criminals and fraudsters that use the dark web are able to purchase all types of information online. Some of this information can include:
  • National Identity Numbers
  • Medical ID Numbers
  • Credit Card Numbers
  • Bank Account Information
  • Birth Dates
  • And More

How can I protect my information?

One of the ways in which you can protect your information is to sign up to Experian's My Identity Check platform. My Identity Check gives you back control over your information online. You can protect your information in 4 easy steps:
  1. Sign up to My Identity Check.
  2. Add the information you want to monitor online.
  3. Get alerts if your information is found on the dark web.
  4. Re-secure your information with our tips.
For more tips on how to protect your information, read this article on 5 Tips to Protect Your Information

Take back control over your information online by signing up to My Identity Check.

Sign up to My Identity Check to protect your information from the dark web.