The deep web can be a treacherous place. It is oftentimes referred to as the underbelly of the internet where hackers, criminals, and other nefarious individuals congregate due to the anonymity it provides.
The deep web is outside of the mainstream internet and inaccessible by the average user (which is where another nickname, the “dark web”, comes from). Search engines like Google or Yahoo don’t index sites there and it can only be accessed using a special browser.
For WatchdogID, our primary focus in monitoring the deep web for your information that may have been stolen from a company you do business with or a website you visit. We have a comprehensive system for monitoring the deep web including thousands of sources and gigabytes of data. We are constantly on the hunt for new data.
How does deep web monitoring work for me?
With WatchdogID, you are in control of what information we look for on the deep web. When you signup and fill out your identity information, all the sensitive information is optional. If you don’t want us to look for your bank account numbers, you don’t have to enter it. Leaving out information doesn’t affect how hard we search for you!
For the information you choose to enter, we search our sources and the accompanying data regularly for your information. As we find new data, your information is searched immediately.
If your information is found, you’ll know immediately by an alert. In the alert, we let you know what information was found, where data originated (if we know), and what you can do to be proactive.
Where does the information come from?
Information on the deep web is usually posted on forums, chats, or by other public means by the hackers and criminals who steal it. Data is typically stolen from unwitting companies with a lot of personal information — like retailers. This information is sold to the highest bidder or made available for download. We crawl thousands of sources on the deep web regularly to monitor for new data.
What type of information can be monitored by WatchdogID on the deep web?
While the information can vary greatly, the greatest concentration of our efforts go to monitoring the following:
- Social Security Numbers
- Bank accounts
- Credit cards
- Debit cards
- Driver’s license