How to Access the Dark Web
You’ve probably heard about the terms Tor and dark web in the media. However, accessing these sites is not as dangerous as they sound. It’s actually fairly easy to get started.
The dark web is a set of pages that aren’t searched by a search engine such as Google. It’s the area of the internet where data and content that is normally private is stored. For instance email inboxes, online banking logins and Google Drive folders live on the deep web – they aren’t visible to the general public using a normal web browser.
There are also many websites on the dark web that are used for legitimate reasons. For instance, the website SecureDrop is a dark web site that permits whistleblowers to send sensitive information to news organizations in a confidential manner. There are sites that help people buy and sell stolen credentials such as credit card numbers, passwords and social security numbers. These websites are commonly referred to as ‘marketplaces’ and the most well-known examples are Silk Road and AlphaBay, however there are many others that have come and gone.
Tor is the primary way to access the dark web. It connects you via a variety of free servers that are scattered around the globe. This makes it impossible for anyone to track you. The name “Tor” comes from its fact that the data it encrypts is multi-layered, like the layers of a pizza. This protects anonymity.