You may often hear that another website or service has experienced a security breach. Dashlane already sends alerts about publicly known breaches. But Dark Web Monitoring, available with Dashlane Premium, scans the web for any compromised personal information. After you're alerted, you can take action to secure your accounts after a breach.
You can monitor up to five email addresses. For each email address, Dashlane runs an initial scan that turns up all currently findable instances of personal information related to that address.
The kinds of personal information typically identified include usernames and passwords, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, and postal and IP addresses.
After the initial scan, whenever anything is turned up, the results of subsequent scans are communicated to you through email, pop-up messages in Dashlane, and Dark Web Alerts.
These alerts prompt you to change your affected passwords, which are also then listed as compromised passwords in Password Health in your app.
Setting up Dark Web Monitoring
In the web app, locate and access the Dark Web Monitoring section in the left panel. Select Add email to enter an email address you want to monitor for a scan.
Enter the email address and select Send activation link. Note that the email address that was used to create your Dashlane account is prefilled if it's not being monitored yet.
Dashlane sends a verification email to the address and shows as "Pending verification" in your list of monitored email addresses.
Your next step is to log in to your email account and select the link in the email Dashlane just sent you after you verify that it's indeed your account, that you made the request, and that you want to confirm the setup. Note that for security reasons this link is valid for only 24 hours.
If you didn't receive the email, check your spam folder.
When you select Yes, I confirm this request, you're taken to a web page with your Dark Web Scan results.
Your initial Dark Web Scan results
You may be fortunate enough for your scan to have found zero hits on your data. The page will propose that you perform the scan with other email addresses.
Otherwise, you're taken to a page, that indicates the number and kinds of your data that were found by the scan, and especially to which accounts they were linked.
You're encouraged to change the passwords of your compromised accounts. Select Take action in Dashlane now.
Your Dark Web Monitoring alerts
After Dark Web Monitoring is set up, you can find the email addresses that are monitored in Dark Web Monitoring in the app. Remember, to activate an email address, you need to verify the account through the email Dashlane sends you. The email address is marked "pending" until you verify it.
After an address is active, Dark Web Monitoring constantly searches for any compromised data and sends you both an email and an in-app alert whenever any is found.
An alert remains in the list of discovered breaches until you change the compromised passwords. Select the X to dismiss the alert.
For more information, visit Dark Web Monitoring: Frequently Asked Questions and What are security alerts and Dark Web Alerts, and what to do when I get one.