How to Access the Dark Web
You’ve probably heard of the terms dark web and Tor discussed in the media, but using them isn’t as dangerous as it may sound. In fact, it’s surprisingly simple to get them up and running.
The dark web is a collection of websites that aren’t searched by a search engine such as Google. The dark web is the part of the internet where information and content would otherwise be kept private. For example email inboxes as well as online banking logins and Google Drive folders live on the deep web. They aren’t accessible to users using a regular browser.
There are many other websites on the dark web that serve legitimate functions. SecureDrop, for example, is a dark-web website that allows anonymous submission of sensitive information by whistleblowers. There are sites that assist people in buying and sell stolen credentials, such as passwords, credit card numbers and social security numbers. These sites are called’marketplaces.’ The most famous examples are Silk Road, AlphaBay and many others.
Tor is the key to the dark web. It routes your connection via a variety of free servers scattered across the globe. This makes it impossible for anyone to identify you. Tor’s name comes from the fact that the traffic it encrypts is multi-layered, like the layers of a pizza. This helps to protect your privacy.