Dark Web Monitoring Services

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Dark web monitoring is a service that aims to protect an individual’s personal and sensitive information from being traded or sold on the dark web.

We regularly search the dark web, which is a hidden portion of the internet where illegal activities often occur, and will alert you if your information is found to be compromised. In this way, we can take the necessary steps to secure your information and protect you from potential fraud or identity theft.

Our Monitoring Services

Our dark web monitoring services include:

  • Dark web scanning: We monitor and scan the dark web to check your data and information hasn’t been compromised and take action if any is detected.
  • Strong security measures: Our team utilises state-of-the-art security measures including firewalls, encryption, and access controls to protect your data.
  • Regular risk assessments: We review access controls and conduct regular risk assessments to discover any vulnerabilities and act to reduce any risks.
  • Employee training: Our team is on hand to train employees on cybersecurity to help reduce the risk of a data breach.
  • Backup and disaster recovery: Our backup services minimise the consequences of a data breach.

Get in touch with our team today to enquire about dark web monitoring.

What are the surface web, deep web and dark web?

The World Wide Web can be divided into three parts:

  • The surface web
  • The deep web
  • The dark web

The surface web refers to the portion of the web that is easily accessible and can be found using a search engine such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo. It represents only a tiny fraction of the total amount of content on the web.

The deep web refers to all the web pages that cannot be indexed by search engines and are therefore not accessible through regular search results. This includes content such as databases, private web pages, and password-protected content.

The dark web is a subset of the deep web that can only be accessed using special software, such as the Tor browser. It is often associated with illegal activities, such as the trade of illegal goods and services, as well as the sale of sensitive information. The anonymity offered by the dark web makes it attractive to individuals engaged in illegal or unethical activities.

Why do we monitor the dark web?

On the dark web, various types of sensitive information can be compromised, including but not limited to:

  • Personal Identifiable Information (PII) – This can include full names, addresses, national insurance numbers, passport numbers, and other information that can be used to steal an individual’s identity.
  • Intellectual property – Trade secrets, copyrighted material, and other proprietary information can also be traded or sold on the dark web.
  • Login credentials – Passwords, usernames, and other login credentials for various online accounts, such as email accounts and social media accounts, can also be compromised on the dark web.
  • Financial information – Bank account details, credit card numbers, and other financial information can be traded or sold on the dark web.
  • Healthcare information – Personal health information, such as medical records, can be compromised and sold on the dark web.

These data compromises can lead to various forms of fraud, such as identity theft, financial fraud, and intellectual property theft, and can have serious consequences for individuals and organisations.

It is important to take necessary measures to protect personal and sensitive information, such as using strong passwords, regularly monitoring for unusual activity, and using a reputable dark web monitoring service.

Reduce your risks

By regularly monitoring the dark web for any instances of your information being traded or sold, organisations and businesses can quickly identify and address any potential threats and take steps to protect themselves. This can include changing passwords, alerting financial institutions, and taking other steps to secure their information and minimise the risk of fraud or identity theft.

Additionally, taking proactive measures to protect personal and sensitive information, such as using strong passwords, enabling two-factor authentication, and avoiding the reuse of passwords across multiple accounts, can help reduce the risk of having information compromised in the first place.

Updating your software and security protocols

Updating software and security protocols is an important aspect of dark web monitoring as it helps to address new and emerging threats. The dark web is constantly evolving and new methods for compromising personal and sensitive information are being developed all the time. Updating software and security protocols helps to ensure that your systems are protected against these new threats and that any vulnerabilities are patched.

For example, updating your operating system can help to fix any security holes that have been discovered and can provide new features and improvements that can enhance your overall security. Updating your antivirus software can help to protect against new malware threats and ensure that your system is protected against any new attacks.

Additionally, updating your security protocols, such as using stronger encryption algorithms or implementing two-factor authentication, can help to reduce the risk of your information being compromised. Regularly updating your software and security protocols is a critical component of any dark web monitoring strategy and helps to ensure that your personal and sensitive information remains secure.

Employee awareness and education

Employee awareness and education is a crucial component of dark web monitoring and reducing the risk of data breaches for businesses. By educating employees on best practices for cybersecurity and information security, organisations can reduce the risk of human error leading to a data breach.

Regular training on topics such as strong password creation, avoiding phishing scams, and recognising red flags for suspicious activity can help employees make informed decisions when it comes to handling sensitive information. This can help mitigate the risk of an intentional or accidental data breach caused by an employee.

Additionally, businesses can educate employees on the dangers of the dark web and the types of information that are commonly traded and sold on the site. This can help raise awareness of the importance of protecting personal and sensitive information and can encourage employees to be more proactive in their efforts to reduce the risk of a data breach.

Encryption and dark web monitoring

Encryption is a critical component in protecting sensitive information, both in transit and at rest, from being compromised on the dark web.

When data is encrypted, it is transformed into a code that makes it unreadable to anyone without the proper decryption key. This ensures that even if the data is intercepted during transit or accessed without proper authorisation, it cannot be read or used without the key.

Encryption can be applied to various forms of data, including emails, files, and entire disk drives. When it comes to sensitive information, it is important to use strong encryption algorithms and ensure that the encryption keys are properly managed and secured.

In addition to encryption, dark web monitoring can also help protect sensitive information by regularly scanning the dark web for any instances of data breaches or illegal trading of personal and sensitive information. If any instances are found, organisations can take the necessary steps to secure their information and minimise the risk of fraud or identity theft.

By combining encryption and dark web monitoring, organisations can increase their overall security posture and minimise the risk of sensitive information being compromised on the dark web.

Internal and external data breaches

Different types of data breaches can have varying causes, such as internal breaches, which are caused by employees or contractors who have access to sensitive information, and external breaches, which are caused by external actors such as hackers.

Internal breaches can be caused by a range of factors, including accidental data leaks, unauthorised access to sensitive information, and the intentional theft of information for personal gain. To mitigate the risk of internal breaches, organisations can implement security measures such as access controls, regular employee training and awareness programs, and strict security policies and procedures.

External breaches, on the other hand, are often caused by hackers using techniques such as phishing scams, malware attacks, or exploiting vulnerabilities in software or hardware. To mitigate the risk of external breaches, organisations can implement security measures such as:

  • Firewalls
  • Encryption
  • Regular software and security protocol updates
  • Dark web monitoring

Dark web monitoring can play a key role in mitigating the risk of data breaches, as it helps organisations stay aware of any instances of sensitive information being traded or sold on the dark web. By promptly detecting and addressing any instances of sensitive information being traded on the dark web, organisations can take steps to secure their information and minimise the risk of fraud or identity theft.

The Financial Risks of a Data Breach

The potential financial and reputational costs of a data breach can be significant for organisations. Financial costs can include expenses for investigations, legal fees, credit monitoring for affected individuals, and fines and penalties from regulatory agencies.

Reputational damage can be even more costly, as a breach can lead to a loss of customer trust and damage to an organisation’s brand. A data breach can also lead to negative press coverage and a loss of business as clients take their custom elsewhere.

Proactive monitoring, such as dark web monitoring, can help reduce the risk of a data breach and its associated costs. By regularly monitoring the dark web for instances of compromised information, organisations can quickly identify and address any potential threats. This can help minimise the impact of a breach and reduce the potential financial and reputational costs.

Why use Woodstock IT for dark web monitoring?

As part of your dark web monitoring, we will implement strong security measures, conduct regular risk assessments and monitor your networks and systems to ensure there are no issues.

We implement robust security measures, such as firewalls, encryption, and access controls to protect sensitive data. We also regularly update software and security protocols to address any new threats.

Woodstock also conducts regular risk assessments to identify potential vulnerabilities and implement measures to mitigate those risks. This includes regularly reviewing access controls and ensuring that only authorised personnel have access to sensitive data.

We can offer regular training to employees on cybersecurity best practices, such as using strong passwords and avoiding phishing scams. We can support you in creating a clear security policy in place that outlines the acceptable use of data and technology.

Additionally, we can provide a solid backup and disaster recovery plan in place to minimise the impact of a breach. This includes regularly backing up sensitive data and having a plan for restoring data in the event of a breach.

As standard practice, we regularly monitor their networks and systems for any suspicious activity, such as unauthorised access or data transfer. We also have systems in place to detect and respond to any potential breaches in real time.

We’ve also conducted our due diligence on any third-party vendors we work with to ensure they also have adequate security measures in place.

Contact us for dark web monitoring

If you’re interested in learning more about dark web monitoring and how it can help protect your personal and sensitive information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our team of experts is available to answer any questions you may have and to help you assess your needs.

Don’t wait until it’s too late – reach out to us today and start taking proactive measures to protect your personal and sensitive information from the dangers of the dark web.


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Lynn ColeLynn Cole
16:11 08 Feb 24
Catherine was amazing. We had taken in our laptop as we thought we had been hacked. We had. They cleaned everything up and Catherine explained very simply what we had to do and how to do it. So patient wigh us. Amazing lady
Tim GurrTim Gurr
08:03 04 Feb 24
Tina MillerTina Miller
10:58 19 Jan 24
I had issues using Gmail as a business account and Woodstock recommended creating an Outlook account. I was apprehensive as I had a lot of stuff to migrate but Oliver was excellent. The migration was seamless and everything was done quickly at my convenience. So far I am super impressed with the service and am looking forward to having Woodstock's IT support in the future. I have piece of mind now.
Anthony StandingAnthony Standing
16:21 18 Jan 24
I would highly recommend Woodstock IT. Excellent service. Their engineer Dave was very patient with me as I am a complete numpty as far as computers go . I am up and running with a new refurbished P.C.
k sk s
19:09 10 Jan 24
Cat at Woodstock IT was very helpful, professional and patient with a "computer dinosaur." I was delighted with the whole experience.Many thanks.
Mary PedlowMary Pedlow
13:12 05 Jan 24
Great support -so patient .Thanks
Martyn WilksMartyn Wilks
12:29 03 Jan 24
Woodstock IT have just done another absolutely brilliant job for us. We have a holiday let cottage and our internet went down due to a storm. James came out to fix a 'bridge' between our house and the holiday let. As luck would have it we then had a power cut whilst he was here. Despite the lack of mains power he used a power source from his van and some very long leads to bring power to his diagnostic equipment and solved the problem. Excellent service!
Cat was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful with the works we needed doing when transferring data from a very old laptop onto a newly refurbished one that we purchased from Woodstock IT. Excellent customer service and a tasty cup of tea whilst we waited! Thank you so much to Cat and the Woodstock Team!
Col SecombCol Secomb
10:54 20 Dec 23
These guys are absolutely on the ball - super efficient and knowledgeable. Can highly recommend for you business IT needs.
Lyn SpurrierLyn Spurrier
11:30 14 Dec 23
Woodstock IT always provide professional and efficient services. I would like to thank Jake for helping to sort out an urgent issue for me recently and thank the really friendly and knowledgeable team for all their help over the past few weeks. Merry Christmas.
Sam EllisSam Ellis
11:26 14 Dec 23
Woodstock IT are fantastic, always very helpful and attentive whenever needed. Jake and Carl are just great and I would highly recommend them to anybody who requires IT based services. Thanks guys!
Doreen BurchellDoreen Burchell
13:08 08 Dec 23
Carl came to our aid today as we were still having problems with the wifi dropping in and out. After accessing our router etc remotely we are now online and wifi working well.Thank you job, well done Carl
Mark ChipolMark Chipol
16:18 04 Dec 23
We had a user account hacked - through accidentally clicking on an unsafe link.Woodstock IT were brilliant. Dave Hearn called me first thing to run through the validity of the unusual login, within minutes of it happening and then he brilliant took care of absolutely everything, whilst the people within the business could just continue to do our normal jobs.Dave's attention to detail and provision of assurance that he had everything in hand, was a huge relief. After initially locking down the account, to ensure he would stop any potential issues, he even then spoke to our user directly to walk them through the full new login process again.IT Support is often the type of thing a business pays for and hopes to never have to use - but dealing with Woodstock IT and Dave this morning, absolutely confirmed that it is money very well spent.I couldn't possibly recommend the team highly enough!
Sue StooksSue Stooks
10:20 20 Nov 23
I had a problem with my phone, so as I have been using Woodstock for many years for computer issues, they were my first thought. I called and arranged to drop off the phone at their workshop. A few hours later the lovely Cat rang to say it was all sorted. When I collected it, she explained what had happened and how she fixed it. The repair price was reasonable and I am very happy indeed. I can't recommend Woodstock highly enough.Sent from Sky Yahoo Mail on Android
J CtisJ Ctis
08:20 09 Nov 23
A new computer was ordered from Woodstock IT. Dave Brenner delivered it on the arranged date. He then spent time ensuring that everything was working correctly. Dave was courteous and professional and we are very pleased with the new kit.
Beatrice VGBeatrice VG
11:13 26 Oct 23
I have just had the most amazing service done on my laptop, by Dave Hearn. I could not praise Dave enough. He was fast, friendly and resolved all my issues whilst teaching me some very useful stuff. Thank you Dave!
Graham ArnoldGraham Arnold
16:00 18 Oct 23
Been using WOODTSOCK IT for several yrs now, my go to IT professional's. Today no different popped in -"CAT" resolve all the issues i had, truly great service from her. So good we have a local firm delivering a quality service. GREAT JOB " CAT"
15:14 17 Oct 23
Less than 20 mins with Jake at Woodstock IT fixed my Outlook access issue that was beyond Microsoft Support after a week, six emails and hours on calls. This firm's consistency across all my IT needs over more than five years is truly impressive. Highly recommended.
Caroline BlakeCaroline Blake
11:45 17 Oct 23
Woodstock came to the rescue recently when my PC crashed without warning. They were on the case immediately and eventually managed to recover everything as well as replacing the hard drive. Fantastic service, from a great team.
Ray YapRay Yap
13:32 28 Sep 23
The Woodstock IT Support Team is an amazing, efficient and reliable IT service provider.I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude to your incredible IT support team for their exceptional service in fixing my laptop. Your team's prompt response, technical expertise, and attention to detail truly exceeded my expectations. I am a grateful client, and I couldn't be more pleased with the level of care and professionalism you provided throughout the entire process. I especially commend Carl and Cat as they provided excellent customer service at an affordable cost.I want to commend each member of your IT support team for your hard work and dedication. May laptop has been upgraded, working well and is now speedier. Your collective efforts have restored my laptop to full functionality and my confidence in your organisation's IT support services just skyrocketed.Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your outstanding service. You have a dedicated client in me (and from our company), and I will not hesitate to recommend your IT support team to anyone needing expert assistance.Warm regards,Ray
Frances HammertonFrances Hammerton
14:09 14 Sep 23
Carl and Dave are absolutely brilliant - the best IT guys! Always extremely helpful and much appreciated here at Technique Engineering!
Kevin DixonKevin Dixon
15:03 15 Aug 23
Very appreciative of the support service given today. Thank you to Dave Hearn for his perseverance, and a successful outcome. Kevin Dixon
Tony FiveashTony Fiveash
09:37 09 Aug 23
We have been using Woodstock IT for many years and they have always got us out of trouble, often at very short notice. Excellent service from all of the team there.
Sam VincentSam Vincent
13:45 02 Aug 23
I Highly recommend using Woodstock IT, and have done for years.Jake sorted my PC out for me again and it works perfectly
Sue StooksSue Stooks
15:41 06 Jun 23
Laptop Repair.I've used Woodstock for many years, so when my elderly laptop had an issue I had no hesitation in taking it to them. As usual, they were very helpful and solved the problem within one working day.Highly recommended.
John CarrodJohn Carrod
15:24 01 Mar 23
These guys went above and beyond what they needed to do. My father’s Samsung PC was not working correctly so after a recommendation from a friend I called Woodstock IT. My father is 101 years old so he could not deliver the computer to Woodstock (I am about 150 miles away) so they picked up the computer, updated it, got it running smoothly again and even replaced the keyboard which was an odd US style one. They returned the computer to my father and made sure he was total happy with it before returning to their offices. It is great to find a company that really cares about their customers. I’d recommend them to anyone.
Steve SmithSteve Smith
12:39 20 Jan 23
At very short notice Woodstock IT worked with us to address a number of identified CE Plus vulnerabilities and worked in a highly professional and responsive way meeting the changing demands for resolution. We could not have asked for more from them. They showed very high levels of technical ability and commitment to help us achieve our goal in a very short timeframe. I would particularly like to thank Carl Burchell for his tireless work across the 14 machines requiring attention and his patience with the constant changes required.I would recommend Woodstock IT to anyone looking for professional IT Services provision.
Danielle BuddenDanielle Budden
13:05 19 Dec 22
Can’t thank Woodstock enough lately, Dave, Oliver, Adam, Jake and the entire team have really helped me get out of some very stressful IT related situations recently.No question is ever too silly for them!I always feel like whenever I phone they always have the time to help me, whether that be remotely or in the workshop.Highly recommend this company for all your IT needs
Si JSi J
13:14 30 Nov 22
Have used Woodstock for several years and always had excellent service, no job is too big or too small and concentrate on fixing your problem rather than massaging costs. On collecting my machine after a hard drive upgrade from their excellent and knowledgable engineer Jake, my car became stuck in a flooded entrance to their site due to heavy rain and their General Manager no less, Joachim, used his own car to pull me out, wow, this is customer service above and beyond what you would normally expect! Have no hesitation in entrusting all your IT requirements to Woodstock, you won't regret it.
Tony WalshTony Walsh
14:23 24 Nov 22
Woodstock IT are one of the best companies I have had the privilege I have appointed to look after my IT needs, they are customer focused and deliver a service that is second to none.As for value, their prices are very completive, the staff are extremely friendly, and nothing is too much trouble for them.Due to a disability, they never question about taking up tasks either remotely or by visiting my home.I have been using Woodstock for several years and can truly say they look after all my IT needs and have even helped from time to time with my smart gadgets.Defiantly one of the best 3rd party contractors I have ever used.Tony Walsh
michaela maloneymichaela maloney
13:19 01 Nov 22
The team at Woodstock IT have been nothing short of fantastic in their support, expertise, help and above all their friendliness since we started working with them in 2017. They've been one of the most valuable constants through the last couple of years and have supported my business with their continued knowledge and ideas as we continue to flex and change to our new ways of working. Keep on being awesome Team Woodstock!!
12:29 17 Oct 22
Took my laptop in for an urgent re-build and received first class service from Jake at Woodstock IT. The job was completed quickly and I received regular updates on progress. I would highly recommend this company for its technical knowledge, expertise and customer service.
Rupert NathanRupert Nathan
13:06 04 Oct 22
Usual superb service from Woodstock IT . Instant attention via remote support for email reconfiguration. Confident and humourous, the process made a joy of an IT glitch which was way North of my pay grade! Thank you Jogi!!! (Or however you choose to spell you name).Price was entirely reasonable for this level of service
Eleanor CoateEleanor Coate
12:53 29 Sep 22
Once again, I'd like to thank Woodstock IT and especially Jake. He has spent inordinate periods of time to sort out two issues relating to Windows 11 updates. Working remotely I could see how many routes he had to take to solve the problems with great patience. Many thanks.
Tim FifieldTim Fifield
12:06 22 Sep 22
Just a shout out to the team at Woodstock IT - and especially the mighty Jake Spurrier in the workshop - for the supply and seamless data exchange from one MacBook Air to a shiny new one. MD Julian even opened up on a Saturday so we could get our mitts on it for urgent work over the weekend. Five star service as usual!
Louise ParrLouise Parr
11:40 16 Sep 22
I contacted Woodstock IT because I was having trouble sending emails. I tried contacting my web hosting company and tried Microsoft and neither of them were able to identify or solve the issue. Within an hour or my initial contact with Woodstock, I had the support team on the phone remotely accessing my laptop, and the issue was identified and resolved. The team are so friendly and knowledgeable. I would not hestitate to recommend them to others, both for personal and business support. Thank you Woodstock IT.
Madge FullerMadge Fuller
16:40 05 Aug 22
I am always so pleased when I contact Woodstock IT as they immediately act to help with any problems that arise. They are a friendly bunch always quick to offer support and advice. they are nearly always on hand to sort out many problems.
Damian WellsDamian Wells
11:03 05 Aug 22
I have used Oliver at Woodstock over the last 3 months with various obscure issues relating to SharePoint migration, MS Project, One Drive and Microsoft Office. Each time he has been systematic and thorough in finding and resolving the problems. Great expertise and a pleasure to work with.
10:56 21 Jul 22
Employing Woodstock IT was one of the best decisions I made for my start-up company. The quality of customer service and attention to detail is at a level that I have rarely come across in the UK. Tom, Oli and Jake have all gone the extra mile (including outside of normal working hours) to ensure that the IT systems of the business are secure and functioning to the optimum. I can't recommend these guys highly enough.
linda cowderoylinda cowderoy
13:30 24 Jun 22
Excellent service from Woodstock as always. Carl sorted out a difficult problem for me, but easy for him, very quickly with curtesy and professionalism. Thanks! Linda
Horsham ArchitectsHorsham Architects
17:23 24 May 22
Problems with different e mails Resolved!Carl arrived very promptly helped resolve an e mail problems on all 4 computers as well as my mobile phone for my business, very professional service, definitely would recommend
Brock TaylorBrock Taylor
14:09 01 Mar 22
Always excellent service. Quick to respond and sort problems. A pleasure to deal with. Thank you Oliver and Carl for your continued support and expert knowledge.
13:30 18 Jan 22
Our company has been using Woodstock IT Horsham for seven years and we cannot sing their praises more highly. We have always had first class service from them: there is nothing they cannot set up, fix, or repair. Joachim (their General Manager) has been coming out to us since we first used them and he is absolutely brilliant: his IT knowledge is endless, he is professional and polite, and a really lovely bloke too. Whether you are corporate or domestic, do not look anywhere else: use Woodstock and you will never look back.
Sue CaseSue Case
13:25 18 Jan 22
Been using Woodstock IT for a few years now. Buy hardware from them which comes will good, honest, reliable advice and no insurance selling! Use them annually for general advice and to ensure my PC is working 100% as it should. Highly recommend this company to individuals as well as companies. No job is treated as too big or too small. Really friendly, knowledgeable and trustworthy staff.
Adrian StevensAdrian Stevens
19:09 09 Dec 21
Being a non-techie, when it came to needing to upgrade my aging laptop, I could have gone into a retail outlet and been bombarded with technical stuff by staff who earn commission on sales.Instead I preferred to ask the professionals for their opinion about what I needed and for them to source the hardware. Having previously used Woodstock IT for servicing, they were the obvious choice. They provided a solution and quoted me the price for the hardware and for the data transfer and setting up the new system. They are the experts and I fully trust their expertise. Excellent service from the team.
Keith WhiteKeith White
13:26 24 Nov 21
Brilliant service by James,solved all our problems very quickly and very professionaly.Would highly recommend this company.
Joseph ChiwawaJoseph Chiwawa
10:58 22 Nov 21
The staff is so friendly and they did a perfect job , it's the team you can trust for a job
Tara WilliamsTara Williams
13:48 09 Nov 21
Always there to help or advise. Very professional and everything is sorted out without delay. Thank you.