Oftentimes internet security-related topics can be difficult to understand. Conversely, a picture says a thousand words! So we are hoping to bridge that gap using everyone’s new favorite method of communication – memes. We have chosen some of our favorites to explain where on the web your data may end up and how (if you aren’t careful) it got there.
The deep web is web content that you can find on the internet but that isn’t indexed via a search engine – which makes it difficult to search for and find manually. Deep web often includes content that could be poorly indexed, ie page 50 on google.
Example: Comments and posts on forums, posts on Classifieds, Paste Sites
It’s not all dark
The darknet or dark web is a completely separate network on the internet from the world wide web (www). The darknet is only accessible by means of special software. The content on this network cannot be traditionally indexed by a search engine, which is how most of us “search” on the internet as we know it (unless you have access to software like Navigator). Identities are masked on the dark web by its VPN structure – which makes users anonymous, thereby making it appealing for its renowned criminal activities.
Example: TOR, FTP, 12P
Avoid the bait
Phishing is an illicit attempt to acquire personal information such as passwords and credit card information. This occurs when the attacker acts as a trusted or reputable source in an attempt that the entity will disclose valuable or personal details.
Don’t be predictable
Passwords are the codes that allow you to secure your entity, requiring permission to gain access. They are crucial for maintaining privacy and overall personal security.
Don’t be fooled – It’s not sugar-coated
Scams are a fraudulent action often intended to trick individuals into providing sums of money or disclosing personal information.
“I didn’t say it, I declared it” – Michael Scott
Data breaches arise when confidential, private, or sensitive personal information is leaked to the external public (often online nowadays).
All jokes aside, being aware of the potential issues that can occur with your data is a helpful first step in avoiding privacy exploitation. However futile it may seem in these digital times, the more you can do the protect yourself, the better.
We explained what social engineering is using movies, check it out.