What is the Dark Web?
The Dark Web is a term that refers specifically to websites that exist on an encrypted network – you cannot find them by using traditional search engines or visit them by using traditional browsers. Websites on the so-called Dark Web hide their identity using the Tor encryption tool. Tor renders your IP address unidentifiable and untraceable.
Not all sites use Tor, some use similar services. But the principle remains the same. The visitor must use the same encryption tool as the site and know where to find the site, which is crucial to type in the URL and visit the site.
Here you can buy credit card numbers, all manner of drugs, guns, counterfeit money, stolen subscription credentials, or even software that helps you break into other people’s computers.
How to access the Dark Web?
It takes some doing and a certain level of technological sophistication.
It is made up of sites that require a specialized browser (Tor browser) and protocols to access it. You cannot simply follow a link or use a search engine, which is what the majority of us do online. However, here, you can’t just type a URL into the average web browser and reach their intended destination.
The easy part is installing and using Tor browser. 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.
The difficult part is knowing where to look on the Dark Web. The place is as messy and chaotic, and everyone is anonymous. There’s lots of illegal activity and web sites look pretty much like any other sites, but there are significant differences. One of them is the naming structure. Instead of ending in .com or .co, dark web sites end in .onion.
Some users recommend placing tape over your laptop’s webcam to prevent prying eyes watching you.
What is it used for?
Generally, people who are looking to procure drugs, weapons, and other illicit items use the Dark Web, but it has also known as a haven of sorts for journalists and people who need to share some piece of information but can’t share it safely.
You can use it for hiring hitmen and hackers, watching illegal videos or illegally selling photos.
Journalists use it to share information and to receive sensitive information from anonymous whistleblowers – for example, the New York Times has a secure lockbox on the Dark Web that people can send files anonymously to. It is becoming a haven for those who need to share information safely.
Who uses the Dark Web?
People who want to stay anonymous and private mostly use it, for various reasons.
While visiting the Dark Web can include illegal activities, there are also people who are legitimately in need of anonymity because their life is in danger or the information they are in possession of is too sensitive to share publicly.
Therefore, if you are on the Dark Web, you are there because you don’t want anyone to know what you are doing or where you are.
How can I access the Dark Web on an Android device?
What you need to do is download applications that will enable you to connect to Tor browser. Two most common ones are Orfox and Orbot. Orbot allows you to connect to TOR and runs in the background while Orfox is the browser that you’ll use to navigate. You can download them from Google Play.
When you connect with Orbot, you can use Orfox for browsing around.
Before you go to the Dark Web, make sure that you’ve downloaded and installed some decent antivirus software. Zemana Mobile Antivirus will protect you from all types of viruses and malware.