Protecting Your Identity One Year After Equifax

Can you believe it’s been a year since the Equifax data breach

Many of us remember feeling the direct impact of the Equifax mega breach on Sept. 7, 2017. With the final tally of affected consumers nearing 148 million U.S. adults, the first word that comes to mind is “massive.” 

The Equifax data breach was far-reaching in the quality and quantity of highly-sensitive Personally Identifiable Information (PII) exposed. And, the  overall impact hit both consumers and small businesses. Even though we’ve identified what happened, and the key mistakes that were made, it doesn’t change the fact that our data is still out there. We’re all still forever vulnerable.   Continue reading

[QUIZ] The Dark Web: The Online Underground

The Dark Web & ID Crime

The Dark Web is home to a massive network of illegal sites, chatrooms and forums used by criminals to buy and sell a variety of unsavory products and services online. In the deepest part of the “Deep Web,” identity thieves use the Dark Web to buy and sell breached data, stolen identities and even cyberattack starter kits to anyone who can find their hidden storefront.

How much do you know about the Dark Web? This quick, 5-question Dark Web quiz will put your knowledge to the test! 

 

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1.4B Credentials Dumped, Dark Web Database Found

From Data Dump to Dark Web Database 

On Dec. 5, 2017, a massive database with data from over 300 data breaches was discovered on the Dark Web. This Dark Web database contains over 1.4 billion unique clear text, or publicly viewable, login credentials, which experts have confirmed are legitimate pairings.

To make a long story short, 41GB of publicly viewable data was dumped on the Dark Web. From there, the information became accessible via a “Dark Web database,” allowing hackers to search the aggregated data by password type, user, breach event and more.

Unlike a single data breach event, this database aggregates breached data from hundreds of big-name data breaches like Netflix, LinkedIn, Minecraft and Bitcoin. The database is even more concerning because the information was found in clear text – meaning that anyone with access to it can view it.  Continue reading

The Dark Web & What It Means to Your Identity

What is the “Dark Web” ? 

Whether you’re an expert, or know nothing about it, something in our brain rightfully associates the term “Dark Web” with criminal activity. 

The Dark Web can be a scary place. It’s home to thousands of Web pages used to facilitate virtually any illegal activity you could imagine. But, it’s not that simple – the World Wide Web is massive, and the Dark Web is just one part of it. 

Confused yet? Great! Let’s learn more about the Dark Web, how it plays a role in the World Wide Web, and find out what really goes down in the online underground.   Continue reading