The Dark Web

THE DARK WEB.

 

What is the dark web? How to access it and what you'll find.

The dark web is part of the internet that isn't visible to search engines and requires the use of an anatomizing browser called Tor to be accessed.

You can buy credit card numbers, all manner of drugs, guns, counterfeit money, stolen subscription credentials, hacked Netflix accounts and software that helps you break into other people’s computers.

But not everything is illegal, the dark web also has a legitimate side. For example, you can join a chess club or BlackBook , a social network described as the “the Facebook of Tor"

 

Dark web browser

All of this activity, this vision of a bustling marketplace, might make you think that navigating the dark web is easy. It isn’t. The place is as messy and chaotic as you would expect when everyone is anonymous, and a substantial minority are out to scam others.

Accessing the dark web requires the use of an anonymizing browser called Tor. The Tor browser routes your web page requests through a series of proxy servers operated by thousands of volunteers around the globe, rendering your IP address unidentifiable and untraceable. Tor works like magic, but the result is an experience that’s like the dark web itself: unpredictable, unreliable and maddeningly slow.

 

Dark web sites

Dark web sites look pretty much like any other site, but there are important differences. One is the naming structure. Instead of ending in .com or .co, dark web sites end in .onion. That’s “a special-use top level domain suffix designating an anonymous hidden service reachable via the Tor network,”

How to get on the Dark Web

Technically, this is not a difficult process. You simply need to install and use Tor. Go to

www.torproject.org and download the Tor Browser Bundle, which contains all the required tools. Run the downloaded file, choose an extraction location, then open the folder and click Start Tor Browser. That's it.