Protect your SMSBs from the Dark Web

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Suppose you’re a business owner or executive of a small or medium-sized business (SMSB) and want to protect your business from malicious hackers and cybercriminals. It’s a daunting task because you may have already been hacked—hackers are getting into your systems and staying undetected for weeks and months—all by what your employees have posted online.

Most SMSB executives believe they’re too small to be hacked. Because they’ve installed a firewall and anti-virus and are encrypted, they think they are safe, and that’s far from the truth and a huge myth.

Cybercriminals know you don’t have the time, budget, or resources to deal with cybersecurity, so they hack you and use you as a jump point to attack other businesses. One of the most significant comments I hear from business owners is that my IT guy has it covered; we don’t need cybersecurity. 

Unfortunately, most business owners never get daily or weekly status reports about their IT infrastructure. It is why nine out of 10 computer networks have potentially serious IT problems sitting undetected.

SMSBs frustrated over cybersecurity

SMSBs must create strong passwords, turn on multifactor authentication, and never click on suspicious links. Further, watch out for suspicious-looking websites, ransomware, virus, worms, trojan horses, botnets, and zombies.

It’s overwhelming. When I speak with business executives, they often tell me their biggest frustrations around cybersecurity. They tell me: 

  • Cybersecurity/Internet safety is not attractive.
  • They see no value because they believe they’re not a target.
  • It’s too much technobabble (ordinary people don’t understand tech)
  • Hard to recall the different passwords, so they create crappy ones and use the same password everywhere.
  • They get sticker shock from the price tag of hiring a cybersecurity expert.  
  • They’re frustrated that the police won’t help them when hacked. 
  • They want help NOW and don’t want to watch a course.
  • They want their situation resolved and don’t care how.

That’s why most SMSBs don’t have any detection technology to know a hacker is in their system, and most don’t have a response plan to get the hacker out.

Your passwords are on the Dark Web

The most common way a malicious hacker will get into your systems is through your password that leaked onto the Dark Web via another company data breach. Like most, they use the same password everywhere. This way, if your password matches the breached password, the malicious hacker can reuse that password to log into your business and bank accounts, launch a ransomware attack, or gain access to your company email inbox and read your sensitive information.

The risks and consequences of this exposed information are both significant and far-reaching and could be devastating for your business. No one is immune, and your business could be the next cyberattack victim.

Imagine, for a second, the consequences of your sensitive company information or customer data being hacked, stolen, or worse, corrupted beyond repair. The cost of such an incident could be catastrophic, possibly putting you out of business. Don’t let your business become the next victim splashed in the headlines.

Cyology Labs monitors the Dark Web

I’d like to help you find out if your company has been exposed to the Dark Web so that you can take necessary action to prevent or mitigate threats. Click the link below or head over and fill out the form provided. Once you’ve completed the form, we’ll perform a complementary Dark Web analysis.

The report will look like this. 

  •  We’ll tell you how many credentials are on the Dark Web. 
  • What employee email addresses may be at risk
  • Where the data was leaked from 
  • If there’s any identifiable information available for this employee’s email account, and 
  • Where we discovered your passwords. 

As mentioned earlier, once the cybercriminals find these passwords and reuse them, they might log in to your business email and extort the business, causing an email business compromise. It will be costly to clean up this mess.

Most small businesses want more secure networks to protect customer data. Securing your networks should be manageable, not problematic, 24 hours a day. We’ve all worked too hard to damage our reputation and be held for ransom.

It shouldn’t be like this. Some of the most successful cyber-safe companies stay one step ahead of the malicious by staying updated. Our group can reduce stress, help lighten the load, and get you back to business. Please get in touch with us today for a no-obligation scan at

I will contact you within 24 hours to let you know what we discovered.

Terry Cutler

I’m Terry Cutler, the creator of Internet Safety University, an educational system helping to defend corporations and individuals against growing cyber threats. I’m a federal government-cleared cybersecurity expert (a Certified Ethical Hacker), and the founder of Cyology Labs, a first-line security defence firm headquartered in Montréal, Canada. In 2020, I wrote a bestselling book about the secrets of internet safety from the viewpoint of an ethical hacker. I’m a frequent contributor to National & Global media coverage about cyber-crime, spying, security failures, internet scams, and social network dangers families and individuals face daily.