A dark web alert is a notification you receive when your personal information, such as your passwords, have been found on the dark web. Without a dark web alert, you won’t know when your personal information is posted on the dark web which is a threat to your identity and online security.
Continue reading to learn more about dark web alerts, and how you can begin to receive these alerts and take action.
What is the Dark Web?
Before we begin discussing the concept of dark web alerts, you first have to understand what exactly these alerts protect you against – cybercriminals and bad actors who lurk on the dark web. The dark web is a part of the internet that can only be accessed through the Tor Browser. Since you can only get on the dark web through a specific browser, it’s impossible for anyone to access it through regular search engines like Google.
The dark web provides anonymous and secure communication channels for anyone, including cybercriminals. Cybercriminals use the dark web to carry out criminal activities such as selling stolen personal information, trafficking drugs and selling illegal weapons.
Not knowing if your personal information is on the dark web can pose a serious threat to your identity and online accounts since anyone can purchase your information to use for malicious purposes.
The Benefits of Dark Web Alerts
Here are a few benefits of receiving dark web alerts.
Helps you identify breaches sooner
With dark web alerts, you’ll be notified as soon as your personal information is found on the dark web. This means if one of your accounts is part of a data breach, you’ll be able to take action to protect yourself right away by changing your password. Without dark web alerts, you would need to manually check if your information is on the dark web using a free dark web scan, or worse, wait for the company associated with your account to announce they’ve had a breach. Most companies don’t report breaches until a few days, weeks or even months after they’ve occurred.
When it comes to data breaches, the sooner you’re able to remedy the situation and secure your accounts, the better.
Keeps you protected from identity theft
When accounts are breached it makes it easier for cybercriminals to steal your identity. This is because accounts contain sensitive information such as credit card numbers, home addresses, email addresses, social security numbers and more. If cybercriminals get a hold of this information, they could use it to steal your money and your identity.
In order to keep your sensitive information secure, it’s critical to always be aware if your credentials have been posted on the dark web. The only way to ensure this is through dark web alerts.
How Can I Start Receiving Dark Web Alerts?
In order to start receiving notifications about your information being found on the dark web, you’ll have to invest in a cybersecurity tool that continually monitors the dark web. One of Keeper Password Manager’s most popular add-ons is BreachWatch®. BreachWatch is a dark web monitoring tool that notifies users in real-time when breached accounts on the dark web match the records stored in their Keeper Vault. When a breached account is detected, you’re immediately notified so that you can change your password for the breached account as soon as possible.
What is Keeper Password Manager?
Keeper Password Manager is a password management solution that allows you to track, securely store, manage and generate passwords for your accounts. It ensures you’re always following password best practices, so your accounts aren’t easily compromised due to weak or reused passwords.
An added benefit to having a password manager that works as a dark web monitoring tool is it’ll aid you in generating a new strong, unique password for any account that is part of a breach – making the process of changing your passwords seamless.
Start Keeping Your Information Protected From the Dark Web
Keeping your information off the dark web starts with good password security and the only way to do this is with the help of a password manager. As an extra layer of protection, having a dark web monitoring tool ensures you always have control over your online accounts and are able to act as soon as there’s a threat to your online security. You can check to see if any of your credentials have been found on the dark web with our free dark web scan.
Start taking control of your credentials and who has access to them with Keeper Password manager and our popular add-on BreachWatch.