The dark web can be a spooky place year-round, not just on Halloween.

Loads of data is bought and sold there daily. But how exactly does so much personal and corporate information end up there? What are you doing to ensure your company and employee data is safe, even as you retire old IT assets?

Created and used by the United States Department of Defense in the late 1990s, the dark web was originally used to encrypt sensitive spy communications. Today, the Onion Router, or “Tor” Network, resides on the perimeter of the web and the Tor browser is available as a free download.

The Tor Network is home to around 65,000 .onion URLs with one report showing the number of Bitcoin transactions on the dark web has increased 250% to $872 million since 2012. Although it’s estimated that half the sites on the dark web are legal, there is much concern about criminal activity with projected Bitcoin transactions slated to hit $1 billion in 2019.

What protocol do you use when retiring your mobile devices? Is it different from that which you use when retiring other IT assets? By not making common mistakes, IT managers can address mobile IT asset disposition to prevent sensitive data from ending up on the dark web.

Before retiring your employees’ mobile devices, learn what to and what not to do to ensure that personal or company data doesn’t end up in the hands of your competitors or criminals.

Check out this related blog post that highlights four common missteps to avoid.

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