How to Access the Dark Web
You’ve probably heard the terms Tor and dark web in the media. However, accessing these sites is not as risky as they sound. It’s actually quite simple to begin.
The dark web is comprised of pages that aren’t found by search engines like Google. It’s the part of the internet where data and content that would otherwise be private is stored. Email inboxes as well as Google Drive folders are stored on the deep web. They’re not visible to the public using a standard web browser.
On the dark web, there are also many sites that serve legitimate purposes. For instance, the website SecureDrop is a dark web site that permits whistleblowers to provide sensitive information to news organizations without revealing it. There are other websites where users can purchase and sell stolen credentials, such as credit card numbers and passwords. These sites are often referred to “marketplaces,” and the most well-known examples are Silk Road and AlphaBay, but there are lots of others which have been shut down.
The key to browsing the dark web is a network called Tor which routes your connection through a set of servers that are run by volunteers, which are spread around the world. This makes it difficult for anyone to monitor your activity. Tor is named that way because the data it encrypts traverses several layers similar to the onion layering of pizza, which helps to keep your identity safe.
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