How to Access the Dark Web

You might have heard the terms dark web and Tor bandied about in the media, however, accessing these sites isn’t nearly as risky as it may sound. In fact, it’s quite easy to get up and running.

The dark web is comprised of websites that aren’t indexed by search engines like Google. It’s the part of the internet where information and content that would otherwise be private is stored. For instance, email inboxes along with online banking logins as well as Google Drive folders live on the deep web. They aren’t visible to users using a standard browser.

On the dark web, there are also numerous sites that are used for legitimate goals. For instance, the site SecureDrop is a dark web site that allows whistleblowers to submit sensitive information to news agencies anonymously. There are sites where users can purchase and sell stolen credentials, like credit card numbers and passwords. These sites are often referred to ‘marketplaces’ and the most well-known examples are Silk Road and AlphaBay, however there are many others that have been around for a while.

Tor is the mainstay of the dark web. It routes your connection via a number of volunteer servers scattered across the world. This makes it impossible for anyone to trace you. Tor’s name comes from the fact that the data it encrypts is multi-layered, like the layers of pizza. This helps to protect your privacy.


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