How to Use a Canarytoken to Detect Intrusions

A Canarytoken is a file, document, or web address that is used to detect digital or even physical intrusions:

– Digital intrusions can be detected by placing a Canarytoken such as a word document, PDF file, or even an image that triggers an alert when an intruder interacts with it.

– Physical intrusions can be detected by placing a Canarytoken such as a QR code that triggers an alert when the intruder does scan it with a smartphone.

In this way, a Canarytoken is a free and very useful way to tripwire those electronic devices that contain valuable information or even your residency for any intruders that may have already breached the first layers of defense.

In this post, we are going to explain how you can setup a Canarytoken and start benefiting from this handy free application.

Canarytokens can be used to detect digital or even physical intrusions.

Table of Contents

Important notice: Do your research.

Our content is intended to be used and must be used for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide investment, financial, accounting, legal, tax, or other professional advice.

It is essential to research and verify any information you find on this website or any other website.

How to Setup a Canarytoken

To generate a Canarytoken, first, navigate to canarytokens.org

And from the drop-down menu, choose the token that best fits your needs and an email address to receive notifications if the token is triggered.

Canarytoken setup

And then, the token is generated, and you just need to save it to your computer and device. 

A straightforward setup process.

There are many tokens to choose from, but we are going to have a look to some of those that anyone with basic knowledge of common computer applications and software can easily use.

Useful Canarytokens and How to Use Them

The Canarytokens documentation provides information on how to create each specific token and ideas about to use them. 

There are many Canarytoken types, some of them who can only be used by people with specific technical expertise.

But there are a handful of them that can very very easily created and deployed by any computer user. Those we are going to review in this post and provide some ideas on how to use them.

Microsoft Word Document Token

This is a Microsoft Word document token (.docx) that will send an email alert every time that someone opens the Word document.

Just create the token, download it to your computer or device, and give it an appealing name like ‘passwords.docx’ or ‘seedphrase.docx’ so anyone snooping around looking for valuable information will click on it.

And you can place this token on your computer, on an email on your email client, on your Google drive or any other place that you want to monitor for intrusions.  

Canarytoken MS Word

Give it a try, create a Microsoft Word token, download it and click on it. Within seconds you should receive a notification by email.

Or, create an email with the token as an attachment and give a very appealing name to the email, like a ‘Bitcoin seed phrase.’ 

Then ‘Pin’ (right-click over the email and choose ‘Pin’) that email, so it is always displayed at the top of your email inbox. So an intruder who has gained access to your email account can spot this email immediately, open it and click on the attachment that will send you a notification (to a different email address). 

Microsoft Excel Document Token

This is a Microsoft Excel document token (.xlsx) that will send an email alert every time that someone opens the Excel file.

Just create the token, download it to your computer or device, and give it an appealing name like ‘accounts.xslx’ or ‘privatekeys.xlsx’ so anyone snooping around looking for valuable information will click on it.

And you can place this token on your computer, on an email on your email client, on your Google drive or any other place that you want to monitor for intrusions.  

Canarytoken MS Excel

Give it a try, create a Microsoft Excel token, download it to your computer and then upload it to your Google drive. Click on it, and within seconds you should receive a notification by email.

QR Code Token

This is a QR code with a URL loaded that will send an email alert when the URL is scanned with a smartphone’s camera and the person clicks on the URL to reach its destination.

This is an especially useful token because it can be printed on a piece of paper with an appealing name like ‘Safe Box Access Details’ and placed strategically near your valuables as a trap:

– When you go on holiday, leave the QR code near where a robber may look.

– If you are sharing an apartment and house and suspect someone is snooping around your room, leave the QR code on your desk or inside a drawer.

– You can even laminate the QR code and place it in your wallet. If you need to leave your wallet unattended in a locker or even at home, this trick may alert you if someone takes your wallet intending to take your credit card details or even steal some cash.

– If you have a safe box, you may place the QR code outside near the safe box in the hope that the robber will think that you forgot because you are sloppy.

– Or you can place the QR on your computer desktop, the first place someone with unathorized access will visit. 

Canarytoken QR code deskktop

Give it a try, and use the camera on your smartphone to scan the QR code from the image above. If you click on the URL displayed on your camera, we will receive a notification by email.

And, if this is a token that can be useful to you, create one, download and print it, and test it with your smartphone camera. Then place it in a strategic place.

Windows Directory Token

When using the token, you will receive an email notification when someone browses the Windows folder that contains the token.

You just need to create the token and place it inside a Windows folder with an appealing name like ‘BitcoinKeys’. 

It is up to you to decide if you place this Windows folder on your computer desktop or in a less obvious place. 

In any case, there is a good chance that someone who has got access to your computer will browse the ‘BitcoinKeys’ folder looking for an easy but lucrative target.

Canarytoken Windows folder

Give it a try, it takes just a few seconds to create a Windows folder and place the token inside.

What are the Benefits of Using Canarytokens?

The benefits of using Canarytokens include the following:

– Early detection of unauthorized access or data breaches.

– Ability to respond quickly to and prevent further damage.

– Non-intrusive and easy to deploy.

– The tokens can be customized to detect specific types of attacks.

What are the Limitations of Using Canarytokens?

The limitations of using Canarytokens include the following:

– May not be able to detect all types of attacks.

– It can be difficult to determine the attack’s origin if the attacker uses advanced techniques to hide their identity.

Has this post been of value to you?

If the answer is yes, and you think that it will be of value to someone else, please share it:

Thanks for sharing,

and promoting crypto safety and digital security.

Are you looking for additional information about the same or similar topics?

How to Keep your Valuables and Digital Assets Safe

Now that you understand what a Canarytoken is and it’s benefits, you may be interested in increasing your knowledge and learning about digital safety and how to keep your digital assets safe.

Which is the safest crypto wallet?

Find out which crypto wallet is the safest for your specific needs.
KNOWLEDGE

Anonymity and data protection

Learn how a VPN can protect you anonymity and your digital data.
KNOWLEDGE

And don’t forget to also learn about digital safety good practices because the more good digital safety practices you follow, the more secure your digital assets will be.

Home Safe Box

Protect your physical and digital assets from robbers, fire, and water accidents.
GOOD PRACTICE

Encrypted USB Drive

How To Protect Your Data With An Encrypted USB Drive
GOOD PRACTICE

Please, if you have one more minute, consider leaving us feedback

We would love to hear your opinion.

How do you rank the content of this page?

What kind of information or resources were you looking for?

Is there anything else that you would like to tell us:

– Is there any other topic of your interest that we should cover?

– Is there something we should be aware of?

Please fill out the form below or send us an email to feedback@cryptosafetyfirst.com