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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.
Dark Web Monitor continuously scans dark web forums and sites for credentials associated with your NordVPN email address. This means that you don’t need to activate it every time you hear about a data breach — our dark web monitoring tool will continue to protect your accounts as long as you have it enabled.
Dark Web Monitor will immediately alert you if it detects credentials linked to your NordVPN email address. You’ll be able to see all the relevant information about the leak, including the service that was breached. When there’s nothing to report, Dark Web Monitor will quietly run in the background and let you go about your business.
Once you know you’re in danger, you can act before the criminals do. Often, this is as simple as changing a password or turning on multi-factor authentication (MFA). In some cases, you may need to contact others about the situation — for example, you can ask your bank to block a compromised credit card before any purchases are made.
Open the NordVPN app
Launch the NordVPN app on your device and log in with your credentials.
Go to “Tools”
Tap the cogwheel icon to open “Settings” and select “Tools.”
Enable “Dark Web Monitor”
Switch the “Dark Web Monitor” toggle to start 24/7 protection. That’s it!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.