You’ve probably heard about the terms Tor and dark web in the media. However, using these websites isn’t nearly as dangerous as they appear. In fact, it’s quite simple to get them up and running.
The dark web is a set of pages that are not searched by a search engine such as Google. It’s the part of the web where data and other information that is normally private is stored. Email inboxes and Google Drive folders are stored on the deep web. They’re not accessible to the public using a standard web browser.
There are also many websites on the dark web which serve legitimate goals. For instance, the site SecureDrop is a dark web site that allows whistleblowers to submit sensitive information to news organizations without revealing it. There are sites which allow users to buy and sell stolen credentials such as credit card numbers, passwords and social security numbers. These are referred to as’marketplaces. The most well-known examples are Silk Road, AlphaBay and many more.
Tor is the primary way to access the dark web. It connects you via a number of volunteer servers scattered across the world. This makes it difficult for anyone to track you. The name “Tor” is derived from the fact that the traffic it encrypts is layered, like the layers of pizza. This protects your privacy.