Free Dark Web Monitoring with CreditWise

If CreditWise detects that your Social Security number or email address turns upon the dark web, CreditWise will alert you, so you can take immediate action.

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What Is the Dark Web?

The dark web is a hidden network of websites that you can’t find in regular search engines. Cybercriminals use the dark web to buy and sell stolen personal information like:

Bank Account Numbers

Bank Account Numbers

Login Credentials and Passwords

Login Credentials and Passwords

Social Security Numbers

Social Security Numbers

Email Addresses

Email Addresses

What Is Dark Web Monitoring?*

A dark web scan by CreditWise could discover if your Social Security number or email address appears on the dark web. Dark web monitoring services scan for the presence of your personal information on the dark web and, like credit monitoring, CreditWise sends you an alert if your data is located. Stolen data frequently ends up on the dark web for sale to identity thieves and fraudsters. Learn how to take action and protect your financial reputation and identity.

*Some CreditWise monitoring and alerts may not be available to you if the information you enter at enrollment does not match the information in your file with Experian, or if you do not have a file with Experian.

How Does a Dark Web Scan Work With CreditWise?

CreditWise scans thousands of sites, forums and marketplaces on the dark web and alerts you if your Social Security number or email address are found.* Dark web scanners are unable to access all areas of the dark web due to private interactions, but just knowing about a potential threat can help you take the steps to protect your identity and finances.

*Some CreditWise monitoring and alerts may not be available to you if the information you enter at enrollment does not match the information in your file with Experian, or if you do not have a file with Experian.

Identity Theft On The Dark Web

Identity thieves may steal your information and sell it on the dark web, where they typically operate anonymously.

With your Social Security number and other personal information, a thief could open a credit account, file a tax return or claim health insurance benefits in your name. If they get one of your passwords, they could sign into your online accounts, make fraudulent purchases or drain your bank accounts.

If dark web identity monitoring from CreditWise detects your Social Security number or email address, CreditWise will alert you, so you can take appropriate defensive steps—such as changing your passwords—and reduce potential risk.*

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Take steps to help prevent identity theft and protect yourself on the dark web. Sign up for CreditWise and get free dark web scans to discover if your email or Social Security number have been compromised.

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What to Do if Your Personal Information Is on the Dark Web

Cyber security experts recommend not repeating old passwords or using the same password on more than one account. The best passwords are complex and difficult to guess, including a series of letters, numbers and symbols.
If a scan indicates that your account numbers have appeared on the dark web, contact your financial institution right away. Follow their guidance to protect your accounts.
If your account numbers appear on the dark web, check your account statements carefully. If there is any questionable activity on your accounts, notifying the financial institution right away may absolve you of liability for fraudulent charges.
If you are sure one of your accounts has been compromised on the dark web, it is a good idea to close the account. Closing the compromised account will render the account useless to identity thieves.
If you think your information has been stolen, it's a good idea to obtain a copy of your credit report from all three bureaus via AnnualCreditReport.com—a free service. Check your credit reports for accounts or loans you are not familiar with. If there are any accounts on your credit report that you did not open or authorize, contact the creditor and let them know you’ve been a victim of identity theft. You should also notify the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
You should consider freezing your credit if you believe your identity has been stolen. Contact each of the three credit bureaus–Experian, TransUnion and Equifax. Freezing your credit will not affect your current accounts, but it will keep anyone from opening new accounts in your name.

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*Some CreditWise monitoring and alerts may not be available to you if the information you enter at enrollment does not match the information in your file with Experian, or if you do not have a file with Experian.