How to Access the Dark Web

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. Actually, it's easy to get up and running.

The dark web is comprised of pages that aren't found by search engines like Google. It's the area of the internet where information and content that is normally private is stored. 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 the general public using a normal web browser.

There are a myriad of websites on the dark web that have legitimate goals. SecureDrop, for example, is a dark-web site that allows anonymously submitting sensitive information by whistleblowers. There are sites that allow users to purchase and sell stolen credentials, like passwords and credit card numbers. These sites are called'marketplaces. The most famous examples are Silk Road, AlphaBay and many more.

Tor is the key to the dark web. It routes your connection through a variety of volunteer servers that are scattered around the globe. This makes it impossible for anyone to track your activities. The name "Tor" is derived from the fact that the data it encrypts is multi-layered, like the layers of a pizza. This protects the privacy of users.