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What Can Be Found on the Dark Web

The Dark Web can be an overwhelming topic for any business owner to wrap his/her mind around. But there are plenty of reasons to safely peruse the Internet’s underground if you so choose. If your curiosity leads you to the Dark Web, you’re best bet is to start searching through a Dark Web search engine. Grams is one of the best, but like other top Dark Web search engines, often returns results that are repetitive and not relevant to your query. Link lists like The Hidden Wiki are another option, but many of the links will time out or lead to 404 errors.

Commerce on the Dark Web is made possible through the use of bitcoin. Nearly all Dark Web commerce sites conduct transactions in bitcoin or a similar cryptocurrency. These retail sites have the same features as any e-retail operations you’d come across via Google, including ratings, reviews, shopping carts and forums. But quality control is lacking, and guaranteed anonymity reduces the credibility of any rating system.

Many of the sites on the Dark Web are devoted to illegal activities like drug sales, gun sales, terrorism and hate groups, but not there are plenty of good things on the Dark Web, as well. The Tor network – the browser required to surf the Dark Web – was launched as an anonymous communications channel, and it still allows people to communicate freely in parts of the world where free speech is often stymied. If you want to learn about privacy protection and cryptocurrency, the Dark Web has plenty to offer. There are many private and encrypted email services, instructions for installing an anonymous operating system, and advanced tips for the privacy-conscious.

Even the retail experience isn’t as entirely nefarious as it sounds. There are full-text editions of hard-to-find books and collections of political news from mainstream websites. Also, there are several whistle blower websites, including a Dark Web version of Wikileaks. Even Facebook has launched a Dark Web presence. For your organization, the Dark Web could prove to be integral in staying on top of the latest threats from cybercriminals. The hacker underground is busy in the Dark Web. And if you find your own information on the Dark Web, you can’t do much about it, but at least you’ll know you’ve been compromised.

2W Tech can help your business access the Dark Web and become familiar with its idiosyncrasies through Dark Web ID from ID Agent. This is the industry’s first commercial solution to detect your compromised credentials in real time. For example, 2W can detect compromised credentials used to exploit your employees and customers. We can provide you with a written report on your compromised emails. Extensive logging and reporting capabilities allows us to track and triage incidents and create effective policies and procedures to minimize risk in the future. Proactive monitoring of stolen and compromised data alerts us when a threat is detected so we can respond immediately, as well. Cybersecurity doesn’t have to be too overwhelming, expensive or complicated. The first step to protecting your business is understanding your risk. Contact 2W Tech today to find out how we can help defend yourself against the dark web.

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