Dark Web

The dark web refers to a part of the internet that major search engines cannot track. It is hidden from most browsers and is only accessible using special tools like The Onion Router.

This corner of the web represents a lot of negatives but it can also be used for legitimate activities, except that’s not always the case. Cases of drug trafficking, sale of stolen data and hacking are rampant on the dark web. You shouldn’t try to access it without ample protection.

Dark web: How it works 

The dark web works a tad different from how the regular internet does. It does not respond to regular browsers like Edge, Safari, or Chrome. To access the dark web, you need a special kind of browser. 

The dark web sites have unique addresses that end with “.onion” which your normal browsers can’t access, but with Tor browsers, it is no problem. With these hidden, inaccessible websites making the majority of the dark web, users are granted complete anonymity.

Dark web: What is it used for?

  • Private communication: The dark web affords its users the privilege of anonymous communication, free from surveillance. 
  • Whistleblowing and journalism: The dark web offers whistleblowers and journalists a safe space to spread sensitive details without exposing their identity.
  • Privacy and security: Since the dark web is largely anonymous, most individuals would rather use it to keep from being tracked or breached. 
  • Unrestricted access to information: The dark web holds a lot of secrets, especially information that would otherwise be restricted, making it attractive to users. 

Illegal activities: For all the positives, the dark web is largely famous for its reputation for playing host to illegal activities. There are several unlawful activities, such as the sale of stolen data, weapons, drugs, and other illegal products.