The Dark Web Scan: It has been reported severally that the dark web provides enough anonymity for its users making criminals take advantage to upload and sell personally identifiable information obtained from breaches.
In 2019 alone, millions of data breaches have been recorded with so many people at risk of identity theft. Since we understand that the dark web is a very big place with many markets spread across, it is very difficult or almost impossible to manually check through each forum or market in a bid to find out if your personal data has been offered for sale on any of the platforms.
For this reason, developers have come out with a way to search the dark web for any leaked information and to assist users to deal with the exposed data.
An Introduction to the Online Data Monitoring
The Dark web scan service makes it possible to scan most of the personal data put up for sale publicly on the dark web. How these dark web scans work is quite complicated, and are barely revealed by the companies. However, we can understand how most of them work, and reveal how helpful they are to the average person.
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It is wrongly said that the dark web scans check the entire dark web for a match, and then alert the user to take action. From careful observation, it is absolutely impossible for any dark web scan to search the entire dark web for your leaked information.
It will shock you to find out that there are over 1,208,925,819,614,629,174,706,176 site addresses on the dark web and still counting. Out of these numbers, some are offline, and others are still online. For any of the dark web scan services to search through all these addresses for offline and online sites, and proceed to find a match to your data through the entire dark web is really hard to believe.
The dark web scan actually look for data that has been dumped on the popular dark web markets and are made available publicly. The Dark web scan dives deep into the large databases comprising of stolen usernames and passwords as well as credit card details, Social Security numbers and any other leaked information. It does not really scan the entire dark web as we are made to believe. Once a match is found in any of the lists of usernames and passwords, the user is alerted.
When your personal data is found by the dark web scan, you are good to go. But when it makes you understand that you have no match on the dark web, you should not rejoice. The reason is simple – it cannot scan the entire dark web as it is stated above. It only accesses the leaked data that has been publicly made available on the major markets, so your data may still be available on a platform.
It is worth noting that sometimes you cannot do much then your data is discovered on the dark web. However, security experts suggest users change their passwords when they discover their data on the black market. As a proactive measure, it is not advisable to use the same password on multiple websites, and it is safe to learn how to use complex passwords.
In addition, it is recommended that individuals who confirm that their bank information is available on the dark web to contact their banks for a new account or whatever solution they come up with. Also, individuals must constantly check their bank statements for any suspicious transactions and notify their credit card providers. Any suspicion of identity theft must push individuals to freeze their account to prevent criminals from using the obtained information to open a credit account or obtain loans using the obtained personal information.
Some Known Dark Web Monitoring Services
One of the most popular dark web scans is Experian. An initial scan using Experian is free and requires users to provide their email addresses, Social Security Numbers and phone numbers. For an in-depth dark web monitoring, you pay $30 per month and 30 days free trial.
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In addition to the dark web scan, some companies offer dark web monitoring services that alert users when their identity is found online in addition to any suspicious activity on the credit cards. When they find your identity exposed online, you will be connected to an expert to assist you with what to achieve.
Debt.com offers identity theft protection with three different plans to choose from. Its cost starts from $18.98 per month. Also, LifeLock offers identity protection and dark web scanning with a starting cost of $9.99. Credit Karma Identity Monitoring is another company that offers dark web scanning for emails just like Experian. Its initial cost is absolutely free.
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