If you’ve been watching the news recently, you may have heard news of some concern over a section of the internet called the “deep web” but what is this hidden part of the internet? And why should you be taking special precautions to secure your identity?
The term “deep web” refers to websites that are not easily accessible, and require special authorization, configuration, or software to access. They are not indexed by search engines, so you will not be able to find any of these websites via Google or Bing searches. Their content is hidden behind HTML forms, so they are not easily accessible unless you are given a special address in which to use on a specially designed browser that can access these hidden sites.
In many instances, these sites are so well hidden because they are hotbeds of illegal internet activity. Because deep web users take so many steps to keep their identities hidden, the deep web has become the perfect place for criminals to advertise their services. One of the most common illicit activities that has been reported on the deep web is the selling of hacking and phishing services, including criminals who specialize in stealing others personal information and auctioning it off to the highest bidder. These crimes are particularly dangerous because they are very difficult to track and often sell personal information to criminals overseas.
In the age of the deep web, you need to be making sure to take special care when managing your personal information. Our NY data destruction services can make sure that, when disposing of things that contain your information, the info is completely wiped and unusable to criminals.
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