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Free Dark Web Scan

What is a
Dark Web Scan?

The World Wide Web is divided into two major layers called the surface web and the deep web. "The Dark Web" is the deep web’s (and Internet’s) darkest place, used by cybercriminals to buy and sell sensitive information stolen via data hacks. A Dark Web Scan is the process of identifying if someone has ever been a victim of a data breach. If your confidential data, passwords, or other credentials were stolen, at any moment, identity thieves can use this information to commit fraud, make false insurance claims, place fraudulent orders for their profit, or for other criminal purposes.

What are Financial Scams

What Does a Dark Web Scan Include?

Passwords

Passwords

Find out if any of your social media, email, or other online accounts’ usernames and passwords have been hacked, stolen through a data breach, or leaked by hackers onto the dark web. Just enter the email address, username, or name in the IDStrong search box.

Contact Information

Contact Information

Have cybercriminals already hacked your digital accounts to leak sensitive info like home addresses, phone number, email, or social media handles? There’s one way to find out! The IDStrong dark web scan tool instantly detects which contact data has been compromised.

Financial Information

Financial Information

We scour the depths of the dark web, underground chat rooms, and botnets to let you know if your credit card numbers, bank accounts, debit cards, or income tax idcan be found on hacking forums or purchased by cyberthieves or fraudsters on the black markets.

Sensitive Information

Sensitive Information

Has any sensitive data been stolen or leaked from a website or service you use? A quick IDStrong search will reveal if your social security number, passport number, or driver's license have been publicly exposed on the darknet or trafficked through the dark web marketplaces.

Personal Information

Personal Information

When private details like full name, aliases, date of birth, mother's maiden name, or public records get in the wrong hands (identity thieves), you could become a victim of online scams or bank impersonation fraud. Prevent scammers from using your identity. Stay in the know!

Medical Records

Medical Records

If your medical insurance number, medical provider, medical history, medical accounts, or personally identifiable information (PII) is on the dark web, hackers could easily run the stolen data to impersonate you. Try a deep web scan to know if your medical privacy is at risk!

How Can Dark Web Monitoring Benefit Me?

Reduce the Risk of Identity Theft Reduce the Risk of Identity Theft

Billions of usernames, passwords, sensitive records, and terabytes of digital documents have been exposed via the dark web. According to Verizon, 45% of breaches involve hacking, 22% phishing, and 17% feature malware. Dark web scans are a vital step in controlling your data privacy and limiting the damages.

Check Data Breach Exposure Check Data Breach Exposure

Active data breach monitoring instantly lets you know when a breach happens and if your data has already been leaked or sold on the dark web. The IDStrong easy-to-use tool is constantly updated with the latest malicious operations detected and alerts you when your data is exposed.

Safeguard Your Passwords Safeguard Your Passwords

When stolen email or sign-in credentials are made available on the dark web, the IDStrong alert prompts you to update your password and buy you more time. This could prevent id thieves from taking over accounts through phishing and malware, or exploit reused passwords through credential stuffing attacks.

Prevent Fraudulent Charges Prevent Fraudulent Charges

Reduce your exposure to financial fraud! If IDStrong finds your stolen credit or debit card data on the dark web, you need to act fast to minimize the threat and limit potential losses. Call your bank straight away, report and dispute fraudulent charges, cancel your card, and request a new one.

Be One Step Ahead of Fraudsters Be One Step Ahead of Fraudsters

Stay alert by allowing IDStrong to monitor sensitive information leaks on your behalf. In the event of an SSN or driver's license info breach, our tool helps you fight against further imminent privacy threats before imposters use personal data to take a loan or open a credit card in your name.

Keep Track of Leaked Data Keep Track of Leaked Data

If you’re interested to know how your information was stolen, the source, and where it ended up, the IDStrong dark web monitoring and alerts update you with when the data breach happened, what website/account was hacked, and all the personal information that was published without your consent.

Popular Questions About Dark Web

What is the Dark Web?

The dark web is a network of highly-encrypted and virtually-untraceable online content that is hidden from conventional search engines. As a component of the larger "deep web," the darknet is associated with black markets, selling or brokering drugs, stolen credit card details, illicit goods, guns, counterfeit money, forged documents, child pornography, unlicensed pharmaceuticals, or steroids.

Where is the Dark Web?

As an obscure part of the deep web, the dark web is not very easy to reach. Whenever you search for something on Google, you’re on the surface web. The minute you have to sign in to an online account (email, online banking, Amazon, Netflix, online health records, etc.) you’re on the deep web which is a part of the World Wide Web that stores personal data protected by passwords. In the darkest corner of the deep web lies the dark web, an obscure Internet place that is not visible to regular search engines and can’t be reached through popular web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple's Safari, Microsoft Edge, or Opera. Its users are anonymous and the traffic is almost-impossible-to-track since it requires access via an identity-shielding browser called TOR.

How to access the Dark Web?

The dark web can only be accessed via an anonymizing web browser named The Onion Router (TOR) known to secure a significantly higher level of privacy than regular Internet browsers. Although it’s thought that TOR’s browsing activity is not 100% hidden, its heavy-duty traffic encryption hides the user’s IP address, making it impossible to track.

How do Passwords end up on the Dark Web?

In the last few years, hundreds of cyber data breaches compromised hundreds of millions of accounts via different hacking techniques including malware that captures passwords, phishing scams, SIM swaps, or even offline methods like raiding people’s trash for bank statements, bills, and tax-related documents. The stolen data is either exposed on hacker forums or sold on the dark web marketplace, via a special type of browser called TOR. To reduce the chances of getting caught, hackers try to get rid of stolen data as soon as possible and make an instant profit. When the IDStrong dark web search tool finds your personal information on the dark web, it means that someone hacked into your online accounts, stole your credentials, and listed them on the dark web without your permission.

What if my email is on the Dark Web?

If your email is found on the dark web, it’s an open resource for hackers. The risk of being targeted by phishing scams instantly goes through the roof. At any point, someone could try to use any linked leaked credentials to break into your online accounts and engage in a suspicious activity like stealing sensitive data, money, or even your identity. The first thing you can do is scan your computer for viruses or malware, then change the e-mail password.

How to find out if my Information is on the Dark Web?

A quick search via the IDStrong Dark Web Scan tool will immediately confirm if your personal data is on the dark web, and will also mention the exact information that has been leaked (email address, credentials, etc.).

How to do a Dark Web Scan?

To perform a quick dark web scan, you just need to type your password, email, username, or name in the IDStrong Search box at the top of this page and within seconds you will know if and which sensitive data has been compromised.

How to protect yourself on the Dark Web?

To safely browse the dark web, make sure your data privacy and security are up to date. Have a strong security software on your computer. Run and install antimalware and antivirus protection on your devices. Avoid downloading any files. Cover your webcam with tape or a piece of paper when not in use to avoid webcam hijacking made possible via dark web sites through a Remote Administration Tool (RAT) that takes over your device lens.

How to search the Dark Web?

You can search the dark web only through a special web browser like TOR. Once installed, type in the URL you want to access and that’s it. You can browse sites only if you know their address, otherwise, you need a dark web search engine that indexes .onion websites – for instance, DuckDuckGo, Candle, Torch, Kilos, Ahmia, or Tor66.

Can the Dark Web be accessed on phone?

The TOR Project has an official mobile version of its browser, which allows both Android and iPhone users to access the dark web via their mobile phones. They just need to download and install the Onion Browser App on their portable devices.

Is Dark Web safe or not?

The entire dark web is lurking with cybercrime, ransomware, keyloggers, botnet, or phishing malware which makes it a dangerous place. Another potential risk is exposure to government monitoring – many TOR-based pages are closely monitored or even being overtaken by police authorities. Simply visiting one of these webpages can harm your defense in future legal matters and could have you placed on a police watch list.

What’s the difference between Deep Web and Dark Web?

The deep web includes only non-indexed pages, deliberately hidden from conventional search engines like Google or Bing, with sensitive and private data like cloud data, government private data, or bank data. The dark web is just a division of the deep web. Its websites are both non-indexed AND linked to dangerous, illegal and criminal activities, such as pirated software, lists of passwords, stolen corporate data, weapons, child pornography, endangered animals, slave labor, and illicit goods. Also, the dark web, due to its advanced encryption, is much slower than the deep web.

How much does Identity Data cost on the Dark Market?

Identity data (online, e-commerce, bank, or email accounts) is sold at worryingly low prices on the black market. Credit card details go for as little as $12-$20 or $40 when the PIN is included. A tax ID costs an average of $28. A social security number or passport costs $60-$80. Online banking logins sell for $35 or $65 - for bank accounts with a $2,000+ balance. A driver’s license is $225 while a full physical identification package with a new name, birth date, card, passport, SSN, and even tax return can be obtained for $5200.

How does IDStrong find passwords from the Dark Web?

IDstrong databases contain over 2 Billion Passwords detected in accidental spills or hacked and dumped data on black markets or the dark web, linked to personal access of social media, bank accounts, private medical records, blogs, peer to peer networks, shopping websites, chat rooms, forums, webinars or email accounts. Our dark web monitoring information is carefully sourced from semi-restricted forums, black markets, hacker forums, IRCs, BitTorrent, and peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing platforms.

What is Account Takeover?

Account takeover is a type of identity theft where fraudsters gain unauthorized access to user credentials and take over their personal and business accounts. These malicious attacks lead to the extraction of sensitive data, unauthorized transactions, or illicit infiltration in organizational systems. Hackers rely on two tactics - credential cracking (identifying the correct username/password pairs through automated brute-force) and credential stuffing (large-scale insertion of leaked username/password combos).

How to optimize Password Strength?

The first step towards optimized password strength is creating unique, difficult-to-crack passwords. Ideally, they should be a complicated combination of at least 12 alphanumeric characters, both uppercase and lowercase letters, and special symbols (@ ! # ? ] %). Leave out dictionary words, or personal details (names of pets, relatives, date of birth, address). Tools like Password Checkers and Password Generators could help at this stage. Moreover, passwords should never be shared on other websites or with other people (if this happens, they should be changed immediately). To prevent account takeover or identity theft, add extra security layers, use a password manager and enable multi-factor authentication for the most important online accounts, such as online banking, or email address.

What’s the link between Password Reuse and Credential Stuffing?

A recent security survey we conducted revealed that 65.76% (313) of our respondents reused their compromised passwords across multiple online accounts, including web apps and social sites. Password reuse, along with "123456", "123456789", or "qwerty" are alarmingly-widespread due to the guaranteed simplicity, speed, and convenience when navigating different accounts. But people should be aware that when a leaked credential is "recycled" it puts all other accounts at risk by making it much easier for cybercriminals to gain complete control over digital profiles through attacks based on credential stuffing. With this method, hackers use the already-known pairs of emails and passwords to conduct large-scale automated login attempts against security systems and fraudulently take over user accounts.

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