A Basic Introduction to the Dark Web and How to Access It

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As shady as it sounds, Dark Web is an area of the internet which cannot be accessed directly and remains hidden beneath the web pages and social networks we browse.

The internet is a big place, much bigger than what we are able to see by simply visiting Facebook or looking up on Google – the content on the dark web remains hidden and cannot be searched through conventional search engines.

Dark Web

The content which only exists on personal encrypted networks or peer-to-peer configurations is called the Dark Web.

It can only be accessed using special software and decryption tools such as a Tor browser and most of the websites on the Dark Web contain fishy content which need that kind of encryption. These websites cannot be visited using search engines or traditional browsers as their address are encrypted and cannot be traced using conventional methods.

The Dark Web sites generally use the Tor encryption tool to mask their identities due to which they can keep their activities hidden. The tool basically functions just like a VPN and consistently randomizes the host’s location to a different country so its almost impossible to detect where the user is.

Tor-encrypted websites can easily be accessed using a Tor browser. It provides secrecy for both ends – the website and the visitor both. The IP addresses using the browser bounce constantly to random locations while getting concealed under several layers of encryption.

The websites can be visited by any user in any part of the world by simply inputting the address in their Tor browser, however, its difficult to spot the location or identity of the websites.

Depending on how actionable the Dark Web-based activity is, it can be extremely dangerous if the user’s identity gets revealed.

How to Access Dark Web

Accessing a Dark Web-hosted site is actually really simple. You will need a Tor browser and just like any browser or website, you just have to type in the URL and hit enter within the Tor browser. Follow these simple steps to set up Tor in your computer.

  1. Go to www.torproject.org.
  2. Download the Tor browser bundle. The bundle contains all the tools you will need to use the Tor decryption.
  3. Run the downloaded set up file.
  4. Select a suitable extract location and run the file.
  5. Run the Tor Browser.
  6. Enjoy uncensored and safe encrypted browsing.

When you launch the browser, it will connect to a network to randomise your location. In order to disconnect from that network and restore your internet settings to normal, simply close the Tor browser.

Surfing The Dark Web

Getting into Dark Web is easy – what’s really difficult is to know where to look to find the content you need. You cannot use Google to search for things on the Dark Web, you just need to know a URL. There are tons of websites on the Dark Web which are used by guys selling guns, drugs, and to be honest, a range of things you really don’t want to know.

You can use Reddit to ask other users or you can go to TheHiddenWiki which lists several links for you to explore. Do note that these links lead to some really dark places – this guide is not an approval or encouragement to go to these illegal sites, rather, it’s simply to help you understand Dark Web and how to use it.

Do you want to access Dark Web? Have you been to the Dark Web before? Share your thoughts and valued feedback below!

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