Why BreachWatch is the Best Dark Web Monitoring Tool
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February 01, 2023
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Written by Craig Lurey
Dark web monitoring is an important tool that gives businesses and people insight into what information about them is available on the dark web. A dark web monitoring tool works by scanning thousands of websites, searching for your credentials and Personally Identifiable Information (PII). However, not all dark web monitoring tools and services are built the same. Different services offer different features when scanning through lists of stolen credentials and personal data. For example, a lot of free tools can tell you that your credentials have been leaked on the dark web, but do not provide a solution to remedy the situation quickly.
Paid dark web monitoring services, like Keeper Security’s BreachWatch®, are often a better option than free tools because you don’t have to constantly be checking your credentials. BreachWatch does it for you. Find out more about BreachWatch and why it’s the best dark web monitoring tool compared to others on the market.
What is BreachWatch and How Does it Work?
BreachWatch is an add-on feature to Keeper Password Manager that constantly scans the dark web for breached accounts that match the ones stored in your Keeper Vault. When BreachWatch detects a breached password in your vault, it notifies you in real-time so that you can take immediate action to protect yourself. Once you’ve changed your breached password and have saved the new version into your vault, the password will no longer show as high risk. Keeper will also track the revision history of every beached password for historical auditing.
BreachWatch works by constantly scanning a database with billions of records, all while maintaining Keeper’s zero-knowledge architecture.
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What Makes BreachWatch Different From Free Tools?
Keeper strives to maintain the most robust security in everything we do. BreachWatch, unlike other tools, has a zero-knowledge architecture that uses multiple layers of encryption to securely protect customer information.
A zero-knowledge security architecture means you have complete control over the encryption and decryption of all your personal information in your vault. Nothing stored in your vault is accessible to anyone, not even Keeper employees.
BreachWatch notifies users in real-time
The BreachWatch database is constantly updated with findings from the dark web. If compromised passwords are found, the affected records are marked and flagged in the BreachWatch section of your vault. For Enterprise customers, our Advanced Reporting and Alerts Module (ARAM) can be configured to notify administrators if an end-user has a password at risk.
BreachWatch protects your information from disclosure
Part of Keeper’s zero-knowledge commitment is ensuring that customer information is never transmitted to any third parties. Other vendors may send your email address or hashed password information to a third party service provider to analyze results. This type of information leakage is unacceptable. Keeper leverages a patented method for dark web analysis that ensures no one knows what websites you use, or if your passwords are breached.
BreachWatch keeps data private within the enterprise
Within an organization, Keeper administrators are able to understand which users have credentials exposed on the dark web without having direct access to any of the users’ passwords. Knowing if a credential is vulnerable is critical to maintaining compliance and security within your organization, but with Keeper, you can ensure that passwords are not unnecessarily exposed to admins, which also maintains zero trust.
BreachWatch is developer friendly
Keeper provides customers with open source tools for working directly with the BreachWatch system using Keeper Commander, our API toolkit and command-line interface.
Is BreachWatch Worth it?
There are many reasons that make BreachWatch a better option than other paid services and free tools like haveibeenpwned.com. At Keeper, security is always front-of-line for our customers and our BreachWatch add-on is no different. BreachWatch scans the dark web for your breached accounts using robust security measures that other tools have yet to implement.
Craig Lurey is the CTO and Co-Founder of Keeper Security. Craig leads Keeper’s software development and technology infrastructure team. Craig and Darren have been active business partners in a series of successful ventures for over 20 years. Prior to building Keeper, Craig served at Motorola as a software engineer creating firmware for cellular base station infrastructure and founded Apollo Solutions, an online software platform for the computer reseller industry which was acquired by CNET Networks. Craig holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.
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