NordVPN today unveiled a new feature designed to protect your personal information beyond its virtual private network capabilities. The Dark Web Monitor tool works to scan the dark web in order to check for your personal credentials that have been exposed.
The feature determines when your private information like usernames and passwords may have been sold on the dark web. It will then send you an alert in real-time to help you take action to protect your accounts before cybercriminals can access them. NordVPN noted that "awareness is the first step towards security".
The new feature is available in NordVPN's iOS app. To turn it on, you can simply go to the app's Settings and switch on Dark Web Monitor. It will then continuously start scanning the dark web for personal information that may belong to you such as the email address you used to sign up for NordVPN.
The feature runs in the background so it won't get in the way of your other tasks. It will send you an alert when it detects your exposed credentials, including the compromised service. This should prompt you to secure your account by changing your password, for example. NordVPN vows to roll out the feature to Android devices soon.