How to monitor national IDs using Surfshark Alert

In this article, you will learn how to monitor your national ID using Surfshark Alert.

To use Surfshark Alert, you will need an active Surfshark One or Surfshark One+ subscription. Don’t have one yet? Get it on Surfshark pricing page.


In this article, you will learn:


Protecting your national ID with Surfshark Alert

Besides keeping your email addresses and credit cards safe, Surfshark Alert offers a way to protect your national ID (i.e., SSN in the US).

It works similarly to the credit card and email scanner by searching for your personal information in the databases of recent breaches. If your ID appears in one of those breaches, your identity might be at risk.

How to scan your national ID


  1. Go to the Surfshark login page and log in.

  2. Open the drop-down menu in the Alert section. Then proceed to the Scan IDs tab.

    NOTE: To use view sensitive information on Alert, you must have 2FA activated on your account. If you don't have it activated yet, check out our guide on enabling 2FA on your Surfshark account.

  3. Choose your country. Bulgaria, Lithuania, and the US are available at the moment. 

    Click Continue.

  4. Enter your ID number and press Scan.

    NOTE: Surfshark, by default, doesn't store your details. The data is wiped out immediately once the scan is complete unless you choose to keep this ID for continuous monitoring.

  5. If there are no breaches with your ID, that means your identity is safe.  

  6. To add new IDs (family member or another close person), click the plus sign at the top-left corner.


What to do if your ID is breached


  1. If your ID is potentially compromised, your identity is at risk. You will see the date and origin of all breaches, as well as some additional details on what other information could have been leaked. 

    We highly recommend contacting your local authorities for further assistance. All countries have their ways of dealing with situations like this. They will give the best advice. If you're a US citizen, you may want to fill out a form here.

  2. You can archive breaches once they're no longer relevant.

  3. You can still find your old breaches in the archive if needed later.



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