Don’t Let Your Personal Data End up on the Dark Web
Consumers today give out personal information all the time -- from shopping online to signing up for special promotional offers to filling out job applications.
However, there are millions of identity theft victims each year, and when your information is stolen by a cyber-criminal, it will likely be sold on the dark web. Your social security number, for example, could be sold for as little as $1, according to Experian, one of the nation’s three credit bureaus. The end result is that criminals can open a credit card account in your name, steal your tax return, try to hack into your financial accounts and conduct other malicious activities.
The dark web is a mystery to many. Only one in four people know what it is and what it’s used for, according to the Experian Cybersecurity Survey. It essentially allows criminals to conduct illegal activities in the deepest pockets of the Internet, undetected.
• Change online account passwords periodically and use a unique password for each account.
• Never access the Internet with unsecured public Wi-Fi. Only use secured public Wi-Fi with a password for browsing -- don’t shop or access accounts, including social media and email.
• To log into accounts, enable authentication questions as well as two-factor authentication when available (and don’t use real answers such as your mother’s actual maiden name).
• Several times per year, check your credit reports from all three credit bureaus for possible fraudulent accounts.