You’ve probably 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. It’s actually fairly easy to get started.
The dark web is a collection of pages that are not found by search engines such as Google. The dark web is the area of the Internet where data and content are normally kept private. 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 the general public using a normal browser.
There are many other websites on the dark web which serve legitimate goals. SecureDrop is one example. It is a dark-web website that allows anonymously submitting sensitive information by whistleblowers. There are websites where users can purchase and sell stolen credentials, including passwords and credit card numbers. These sites are often called „marketplaces” and the most well-known examples are Silk Road and AlphaBay, however there are many others that have gone out of business.
Tor is the mainstay of the dark web. It connects you through a myriad of volunteer servers scattered across the globe. This makes it hard for anyone to trace you. The name „Tor” is derived from the fact that the information it encrypts is layer by layer, like the layers of pizza. This helps to protect anonymity.