New offering provides consistent monitoring of the dark web and private forums to help protect Indians from identity theft
India, 13th February 2024 – Norton, a consumer Cyber Safety brand of Gen™, today announced the launch of Dark Web Monitoring in India, now available as part of Norton™ 360 Premium, Norton™ 360 Deluxe and Norton™ 360 for Gamers plans. With Dark Web Monitoring, Norton monitors and notifies people if their personal information is found on the dark web, allowing the individual to take action such as contacting financial institutions or changing passwords to help protect against fraud.
The dark web is a small part of the web where anonymity is prized and nefarious activities can run amok, including the exchange of illegal goods and information. When people’s addresses, Aadhaar numbers, EPF information, credit card data and other personally identifiable information end up on the dark web, criminals can utilize it for fraud, from financial to identity theft. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for this information to end up in the wrong hands – in 2023 it was announced that the Aadhaar numbers, passport information along with names, phone numbers of 815 million Indians were found on the dark web.
On the occasion of the announcement, Ritesh Chopra, India Director, Gen said, “We are thrilled to launch Norton’s Dark Web Monitoring feature in India. This innovative addition to our security package enables customers to proactively protect their digital identities in a time when cyber dangers are always present. We keep an eye out for any hacks, compromised credentials, and illegal activity by continuously searching the shadowy corners of the internet. This way, we can make sure that your sensitive information is protected from prying eyes of hackers.”
He further added, “Our Dark Web Monitoring feature actively searches the dark web for your email address and other personal data you choose to register and issues a notification should that data be discovered. With Dark Web Monitoring we are offering another tool to help protect and empower people to live their digital lives more safely.”
When a customer subscribes to a Norton plan that includes Dark Web Monitoring, the email address registered to the Norton plan will be monitored automatically on the dark web, while the easy-to-use dashboard allows for personally identifiable pieces of information to be added for monitoring. Monitored information includes: up to five insurance account numbers, email addresses, phone numbers, and up to ten credit card numbers as well as gamer tags. If data is found on the dark web, whether through forums or websites, a notification allows for direct action to be taken, including changing a password, or contacting a trusted service provider.
Dark Web Monitoring is now available in Norton 360 Premium, Norton 360 Deluxe and Norton 360 for Gamers. Current customers with an active subscription can now access Dark Web Monitoring for the remainder of their subscription at no extra cost through an automatic update. This extends across a number of devices, from smartphones to tablets, to PCs or Mac®, depending on the customer’s priorities and chosen plan.
In addition to Dark Web Monitoring, Norton 360 includes the following features:
Real Time Threat Protection
For more information on the products and subscriptions, visit: www.norton.com