You might have heard the terms dark web and Tor discussed in the media, but using them isn’t as dangerous as it sounds. In fact, it’s quite simple to get them up and running.
The dark web is a collection of pages that aren’t indexed by search engine like Google. The dark web is the area of the internet where data and content could otherwise be kept secret. For example email inboxes along with online banking logins as well as Google Drive folders live on the deep web. They aren’t accessible to users using a standard browser.
There are numerous websites on the dark web which serve legitimate goals. SecureDrop is one example. It is a dark-web site that allows anonymously submitting sensitive information by whistleblowers. There are websites that allow users to purchase and sell stolen credentials, including credit card numbers and passwords. These are referred to as “marketplaces. The most well-known examples are Silk Road, AlphaBay and numerous others.
Tor is the mainstay of the dark web. It carries your internet connection through a variety of volunteer servers scattered across the world. This makes it difficult for anyone to track your activity. Tor is named so because the traffic it encrypts goes through a number of layers, similar to the onion layering of pizza, which helps keep your identity safe.