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What is a Dark Web Scan?

What is a Dark Web Scan?

The thought of your personal information being stolen and sold is an absolute nightmare for most people. Due to this becoming an increasing issue, many tech security companies offer dark web scanning to alert you if your personal information has been stolen. What exactly does a dark web scan entail? Is it worth it? 

                                                                   "Dark web monitoring may be able to alert consumers that their stolen personal information 

                                                                          is being offered for sale on the internet, but it can't put the genie back in the bottle."

                                                                                                                            Susan Grant – Consumer Federation of America

What is the dark web?
To understand why you would need a dark web scan, you must first understand the dark web. The dark web is part of the internet that isn't indexed by search engines. It's a place where users can buy credit card numbers, counterfeit money, and where stolen subscription credentials are stored and pawned. If you are concerned that any of your information has been compromised, a dark web scan may be the next step for you. 

What is a dark web scan?
During a dark web scan, scanners comb through databases containing stolen passwords, credit card numbers, and login credentials to see if they can find your information. While it is impossible for dark web scans to scan all sites due to the sheer size of the dark web, these scans can help prevent identity theft, fraud, and other scary situations.
The technology used to scan the dark web uses a process called scraping, which allows companies who perform dark web scams to monitor different websites and chat rooms on the dark web.

What should you do if your information is found on a dark web scan?
Changing your passwords on all accounts and not using the same password twice can protect your accounts. Freeze and monitor your credit statements to ensure that nothing else can be stolen. It is also important to let your banks and financial institutions know that your information has been compromised. These are all ways to keep your personal information safe and secure in the case that information has been found on the dark web! 

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