Tuesday Tip: Is Your Data for Sale on the Dark Web?

Dark web concept and darknet anonymous access to a website as a technology security concept in a 3D illustration style.Million of credit cards numbers, email addresses, phone numbers and log in credentials are for sale on the black market.

It’s scary to think that your digital information could be up for grabs to the dark web’s highest bidder. And the news gets worse: once your information is out there, there’s no removing it. There are ways, however, to see if you have reason for concern.

Sites like TrendMicro and Have I Been Pwned allow you to enter your email address and/or phone number to see if your info may put on the dark web. Password managers like Lastpass can also show if your passwords been compromised or overused. There are also paid sites that monitor the dark web and alert you if your information is found.

In this day and age, you can never be too careful about your personal information. If your information is found on the dark web – and even if it is not – regularly change your password (and consider using pass phrases), add multi-factor authentication or an authenticator app, use a strong password manager and stay diligent.

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