How to Access the Dark Web

You might have heard the terms dark web and Tor used in the media, but using them isn’t as risky as it sounds. Actually, it’s simple to get them up and running.

The dark web is a set of pages that aren’t found by search engines such as Google. It’s the part of the internet where information and content that is normally private is stored. For example email inboxes and emails, online banking logins and Google Drive folders live on the deep web – they aren’t accessible to users using a normal web browser.

There are also many websites on the dark web which serve legitimate goals. SecureDrop for instance, is a dark-web website that allows anonymous submission of sensitive data by whistleblowers. There are sites that assist people in buying and sell stolen credentials such as credit card numbers, passwords and social security numbers. These sites are often referred to “marketplaces,” and the most well-known examples are Silk Road and AlphaBay, but there are lots of others that have come and gone.

The key to accessing the dark web is a network dubbed Tor that routes your connection through a set of servers run by volunteers that are spread around the world. This makes it impossible for anyone to monitor your activities. Tor is so named because the data it encodes is processed through a variety of layers, similar to the onion layering on a pizza, which helps to protect your anonymity.

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