How to Access the Dark Web
You’ve probably heard the terms Tor and dark web in the media. However, using these websites isn’t so dangerous as it sounds. It’s actually quite simple to begin.
The dark web is made up of pages that aren’t found by search engines such as Google. It’s the part of the internet where information and content that would otherwise be private is stored. For instance email inboxes and emails as well as online banking logins and Google Drive folders live on the deep web – they aren’t accessible to the general public using a normal browser.
On the dark web, there are also several sites that have legitimate purposes. SecureDrop for instance, is a dark-web site that allows anonymous submission of sensitive information by whistleblowers. And there are also sites that assist people in buying and sell stolen credentials, like credit card numbers, passwords and social security numbers. These websites are often referred to as “marketplaces” and some of the most well-known examples are Silk Road and AlphaBay, but there are lots of others that have gone out of business.
The key to accessing the dark web is a network dubbed Tor which routes your connection through a set of servers that are run by volunteers, which are distributed throughout the world. This makes it difficult for anyone to track your activities. The name “Tor” comes from the fact that the traffic it encrypts is multi-layered, like the layers of a pizza. This is a way to ensure your privacy.