You’ve probably heard about the terms Tor and dark web in the media. However, accessing these websites isn’t nearly as dangerous as they sound. It’s actually fairly easy to begin.
The dark web is a collection of pages that are not indexable by search engines like Google. The dark web is the area of the Internet where data and content are normally kept private. Email inboxes and Google Drive folders are stored on the deep web. They aren’t visible to the public using a standard web 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 data by whistleblowers. There are sites that allow people to purchase and sell stolen credentials, such as passwords, credit card numbers and social security numbers. These are referred to as “marketplaces. The most famous examples are Silk Road, AlphaBay and numerous others.
The key to surfing the dark web is a network dubbed Tor that carries your data through a series of servers run by volunteers that are distributed throughout the world. This makes it impossible for anyone else to monitor your activities. Tor is named that way because the data it encodes traverses several layers similar to the onion layering on a pizza, which helps to protect your anonymity.