What is the Dark Web?

The dark web is a hidden universe contained within the “deep web”; a sub-layer of the Internet that is hidden from conventional search engines. Search engines like Google, BING and Yahoo only search 4% of the indexed or “surface” Internet. The other 96% of the web consists of databases, private academic and government networks, and the dark web. The dark web is estimated at 550 times larger than the surface web and growing. Because you can operate anonymously, the dark web holds a wealth of stolen data and illegal activity.

A dark and dangerous place

The dark web is made up of digital communities that sit on top of the internet, and while there are legitimate purposes to the dark web, it is estimated that over 50% of all sites on the dark web are used for criminal activities, including the disclosure and sale of digital credentials. Far too often, companies that have had their credentials compromised and sold on the dark web don’t know it until they have been informed by law enforcement — but by then, it’s too late.

Dark Web blog for IT Security by Technikel Solutions, Managed IT services in North Vancouver BC

Are your company’s credentials for sale on the dark web?

Digital credentials, such as usernames and passwords, connect you and your employees to critical business applications, as well as online services. Unfortunately, criminals know this — and that’s why digital credentials are among the most valuable assets found on the dark web.

How does this happen?

When your employees use their work email on third party websites, like the types listed below, it makes your business vulnerable to a breach. With our dark web monitoring, we can detect if your company is at risk due to exposed credentials on those websites.

  • HR & Payroll
  • Email Services
  • CRM
  • Travel Sites
  • Banking
  • Social Media

What can you do to protect your business?

We provide full network security monitoring as part of your predictive all-inclusive flat rate monthly fee. Our team of I.T. Security experts will continuously scan the dark web and take a proactive and holistic approach to your network security health. We search for compromised credentials, without requiring you to connect to these high-risk services directly. We provide intelligent awareness of compromised credentials before breaches occur.

IT Network and Dark Web Scan from Technikel Solutions, Managed IT services in North Vancouver BC


Attacks on networks may be inevitable, but proactive monitoring of stolen and compromised data allows you to respond to a threat immediately to prevent a major breach.

Why it’s important

Compromised credentials are used to conduct further criminal activity. Employees often use the same password for multiple services, such as network login, social media, exponentially increasing the potential damage from a single compromised credential. Limited visibility when credentials are stolen; over 75% of compromised credentials are reported to the victim’s organization by a third party, such as law enforcement.

Contact us today for a FREE Dark Web Scan!

Not a Technikel client? No problem.  Sign up for a FREE dark web scan today. The scan works by scouring collections of stolen personal information and alerting you if your information is found. You can then take the appropriate steps to help mitigate resulting damage.

What’s the catch? The answer is quite simple, there isn’t one.  We’re committed to showing as many people as possible, what they should expect from their managed I.T. service provider.  We offer this beneficial tool for free, with no commitment and no pressure.