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 very easy to start.
The dark web is a collection of pages that are not indexed by search engine like Google. The dark web is that part of the internet where data and content would normally be kept private. For example email inboxes and emails, online banking logins and Google Drive folders live on the deep web – they aren’t visible to the general public using a regular browser.
On the dark web, there are also numerous sites that are used for legitimate functions. For instance, the website SecureDrop is a dark web site that permits whistleblowers and other whistleblowers to disclose sensitive information to news organizations without revealing it. There are also websites that allow people to purchase and sell stolen credentials, such as credit card numbers, passwords and social security numbers. These are referred to as “marketplaces.’ The most famous examples are Silk Road, AlphaBay and many others.
Tor is the key to the dark web. It connects you via a number of volunteer servers scattered across the world. This makes it impossible for anyone to monitor your activity. Tor’s name comes from its fact that the data it encrypts is multi-layered, like the layers of a pizza. This protects your privacy.