You might have heard the terms dark web and Tor bandied about in the media, but accessing these sites isn’t nearly as risky as it sounds. Actually, it’s easy to get up and running.
The dark web is comprised of websites that aren’t indexed by search engines like Google. The dark web is a section of the internet where data and content would normally be kept private. Email inboxes and Google Drive folders are stored on the deep web. They’re not visible to the public when browsing with a standard browser.
On the dark web, there are numerous websites that are legitimate reasons. For instance, the site SecureDrop is a dark web site that allows whistleblowers to submit sensitive information to news organizations without revealing it. There are other websites where people can purchase and sell stolen credentials, such as credit card numbers and passwords. These websites are commonly referred to as ‘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 which routes your connection through a series of volunteer servers that are located all over the world. This makes it impossible for anyone to trace your movements. The name Tor comes from the fact that the information it encrypts is layered like the layers of pizza. This protects anonymity.