January 4, 2017


Effective today, Canario’s search engine is no more. We have closed access to its web interface and the API will only return an error message. All user data (accounts and associated details) has been deleted as well.

The reason for why we have closed the service is because we believe that others in this space are doing a better job with ensuring that people are in the loop on breaches and data leaks. This is to also free up time so a new project can be initiated which cannot be started until we are no longer working on the search engine.

A Q&A has been created below if you have any questions.

Canario as an organization will continue to exist so please watch this space to see what we have in store next. We’d like to thank everybody who has helped contribute.

Colin Keigher
Founder, Canario



Simply put: it’s a small team of people working on Canario and we believe that our new project we’re working on cannot be developed while maintaining the existing search engine.

What alternatives do you suggest?

For your average breach checking, we suggest HaveIBeenPwned, which does a great job for checking if you have been found in a breach.

What have you done with the data? Can I have a copy of it?

With regards to the user data, we’ve deleted it. If we find any backups of it, that data will be deleted. We have no interest in sharing those details.

The data that we have scraped has been kept separate from user data and is available on a case-by-case and as-is basis with zero documentation on the database schema and no support beyond providing a copy.

If you’re interested in a copy of a Postgres dump, please state your case for why you want a copy. We will be charging for access in almost all cases (we will make exceptions for non-commercial research purposes for example) and it will come with restrictions on distribution.

Any payment details can be discussed via e-mail.

What is your new project?

That is a secret! It’s radically different from Canario.

What is the future of Canario?

Besides the search engine shutting down, we are going to still exist as a company.

How can I contact you?

You can still reach us at support@canar.io.