How to Access the Dark Web

You’ve probably heard of the terms dark web and Tor bandied about in the media, but accessing them isn’t as dangerous as it sounds. It’s actually fairly easy to start.

The dark web is comprised of pages that aren’t found by search engines such as Google. It’s a part of the internet where data and information that would otherwise be private is stored. For example email inboxes and emails, online banking logins and Google Drive folders live on the deep web. They aren’t visible to users using a normal browser.

There are numerous websites on the dark web that have legitimate purposes. For instance, the site SecureDrop is a dark web site that allows whistleblowers and other whistleblowers to disclose sensitive information to news agencies anonymously. There are also websites which allow users to buy and sell stolen credentials like passwords, credit card numbers and social security numbers. These are known as “marketplaces.’ The most famous examples are Silk Road, AlphaBay and numerous others.

The key to surfing the dark web is a network called Tor which routes your internet connection through a series of servers that are run by volunteers, which are located all over the world. This makes it difficult for anyone to trace you. Tor is named that way 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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