It’s where criminals sell illegal drugs, launder money and commit other crimes, often with little or no repercussions.
It’s a place where hackers buy your stolen credit card credentials and IDs. The Dark Web is not a place you want to visit without a solid understanding of what it is and what you’re getting yourself into. So, proceed with caution.
To be fair, you may have a valid reason for going to the Dark Web. You may want to see if your stolen items are being sold there. You may want to see if hackers are selling your ID, your credit card numbers or bank account information. You may want to see if your children or grandkids are up to no good online.
It’s accessible with a bit of know-how. You have to know how to get in and, with enough motivation, you’ll find you’re there in no time.
The Dark Web is part of the internet that you don’t see every day. It’s part of the Deep Web, which is simply sites and pages that aren’t made publicly available. That’s a huge part of the internet.
How to Access the Dark Web
Despite its well-deserved reputation for being hard to find, the Dark Web is easy to access if you follow these three steps.
- Most sites on the Dark Web run on an encrypted tool called Tor. There are other Dark Web tools, such as I2P, but it’s believed that most sites use Tor. Go to: TorProject.org.
- Know the sites you’re looking for. The Dark Web isn’t accessible by Google and other search engines. You need to know the name of a site to visit it.
- Use a VPN to remain anonymous on Tor.