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Avast BreachGuard

  • Available for PC

Protect your sensitive online information from data breaches and collection by third parties.

$39.99
/year
NEW

Data breaches happen every day, but BreachGuard keeps you safe around the clock

If a website that you use gets hacked...
… and your personal info is at risk...
… we detect the hack and help secure you.
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BreachGuard keeps watch over your personal info

Automatically scan the dark web for your leaked personal info.
Receive alerts about privacy threats and how to fix them to reduce the risk of identity theft.
Find out if your personal account info is at risk.
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Reclaim your personal info from data brokers

Data brokers build a portrait of you from what you do online, including your address, health, and financial information.

This information is sold to third parties with consequences: banks may refuse you a loan, insurance companies could raise your rates, and more.

BreachGuard gets your data back from broker databases, so third parties won’t be able to get their hands on it.

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Keep your personal info under your control with BreachGuard

See the kinds of information data brokers collect about you.
Automatically send requests to remove your personal info from data broker databases.
Make sure your info stays protected by automatically resending removal requests.

BreachGuard makes it simple to protect your sensitive accounts

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BreachGuard helps enhance your online privacy

Check your browser-saved passwords to make sure they’re not weak or reused.
Get notified if your passwords have been leaked.
Stay on top of new data breaches and take the right steps to protect your sensitive info.
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BreachGuard helps you better understand your privacy

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The BreachGuard dashboard gives you a full overview of your security and privacy and gives you tips on how to improve them even more.

You may also be wondering…

  1. 1 Legal marketplaces
  2. 2 Illegal marketplaces
  3. 3 Sign-up services
1 Legal marketplaces

Third-party data brokers and advertisers can collect your personal information without you knowing or agreeing to it. There is an enormous legal market for this, though it’s quite controversial.

2 Illegal marketplaces

These are online marketplaces, many of which are on the dark web, where hackers sell your personal info that they’ve stolen, including credit card numbers. This can lead to identity theft.

3 Sign-up services

Facebook and Google are free services that rely on your data to function. They make rampant use of this data, storing it and combining it to form a portrait of you based on your use of their services.

Data breaches are when sensitive data is exposed. Your digital information is stored around the world in hundreds of databases. Most companies have security measures in place to prevent data-leakage disasters from the attempts of hackers. The danger is that your leaked data could end up being sold on the dark web.

Data brokers are companies that sell personal data. These companies use sophisticated methods to track you around the web and combine that info with profiles of you that they’ve purchased from other companies. The information included is financial, health, and personal details, like your address. This is an invasive practice, but it’s extremely common, and it makes up a multi-billion dollar industry across many different business types.

Identity theft is the criminal act of using your personal data, like your name and financial information, to take advantage of you online. It is usually done by hackers to steal your money.

The dark web is a part of the internet that can only be accessed with an anonymizing network like the Tor browser. Though it has a bad reputation, the dark web is simply a more private part of the internet. However, the extreme privacy the dark web affords does make it easier for illicit activity to occur, since hackers can buy and sell personal information that may have come from a data breach. This leads to credit card theft, among other bad things. To be clear, the legal data brokers mentioned above don’t operate on the dark web.

Removing personal data from the internet is complicated to say the least. While it would be incredibly hard to even figure out which data brokers have your info, you would then have to send requests to each broker asking that they remove your info from their database. While legally they do have to comply, this also takes time. Even well-known services like Google and Facebook, which claim to make privacy an option, don’t make it straightforward or easy. And, in the worst case, if your info is being sold on the dark web, it is almost impossible to get it back. Good security is thus imperative.

Password managers are the best way to create strong passwords. They create a random group of characters that would be very hard to remember and automatically fill your login information for you when you need it. If you want to make your own strong password, it’s best to use a group of words – almost a sentence– and perhaps throw some numbers in there for good measure, like, “hereismymagnificentspasswordthatimadein2020”.

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