How to Access the Dark Web
You’ve probably heard about the terms Tor and dark web in the media. However, using these websites isn’t nearly as risky as they sound. In fact, it’s easy to get it 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 data and information that is normally private is stored. For instance email inboxes as well as online banking logins and Google Drive folders live on the deep web – they aren’t visible to the general public using a standard browser.
On the dark web, there are numerous websites that are legitimate functions. SecureDrop for instance, is a dark-web site that allows anonymous submission of sensitive information by whistleblowers. There are sites where people can purchase and sell stolen credentials, like credit card numbers and passwords. These are referred to as’marketplaces.’ The most famous examples are Silk Road, AlphaBay and many more.
The key to accessing the dark web is a system called Tor which routes your connection through a set of volunteer servers that are located all over the world. This makes it difficult for anyone to track your movements. Tor is named this way because the information it encrypts is processed through a variety of layers similar to the onion layering on pizza, which helps to ensure your privacy.