What is Dark Web Monitor?
NordVPN’s Dark Web Monitoring is a cybersecurity feature designed to prevent others from exploiting account information leaked to the dangerous dark web. It continuously scans dark web sites for your credentials, alerting you to each discovery so that you can take steps to protect the vulnerable account.
How Dark Web Monitor works
Once you turn it on, the rest is automatic.
How to turn on Dark Web Monitor
Open the NordVPN app
Launch the NordVPN app on your device and log in with your credentials.
Click the bullseye
Click on the little bullseye icon on the left side of your screen.
Enable Dark Web Monitor
Click “Turn on” — that’s it!
What is the dark web?
The dark web is a secret, heavily encrypted part of the internet that attracts those who prize anonymity above all else, including criminals and hackers. Dark web pages are cut off from search engines like Google and Bing, meaning that most people aren’t even aware of their existence.
The surface web
The part of the internet that is open to everyone and indexed by search engines. Many people believe that the surface web is the internet, when in reality it barely covers 10% of all existing web content.
The deep web
Legitimate but walled-off parts of the internet that are not indexed by search engines, such as email accounts and online banking pages. The deep web is several hundred times the size of the surface web.
The dark web
Encrypted anonymous websites within the deep web that can only be accessed using special tools, such as Tor (The Onion Router). The dark web has marketplaces for drugs, illicit services, and personal information.
Is your information on the dark web?
Here’s the hard truth — there’s a good chance that at least some of your personal information is already on dark web sites. Data breaches happen every year, some leaking hundreds of millions of user profiles. This includes information from social media, online banking, shopping sites, government institutions, healthcare clinics, and even internet forums.
Even snippets of sensitive data from large-scale breaches are valuable to criminals. Still, hackers often go a step further and compile all the personal information they can find into sets (known as “fullz”). These sets are especially dangerous since they may include names, addresses, bank accounts, phone numbers, social security numbers, and potentially even credit card numbers.
What are the risks?
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Frequently asked questions
Is dark web monitoring safe?
Is dark web monitoring needed?
What should I do if my information is on the dark web?
If you find leaks with financial information, such as your credit card number, contact the relevant institutions to take appropriate measures — banks can block credit cards or mark your profile as compromised to prevent unauthorized transfers.
How do you protect your information from the dark web?
- Use strong passwords, preferably with a password manager like NordPass
- Set up MFA for an additional layer of security
- Use a VPN when online to prevent anyone from snooping on you
- Only visit encrypted (HTTPS) websites
- Use a trusted antivirus to root out trojans or other malware