The Dark Web explained: What lies on the Tor accessible dark websites

What is Dark Web? What lies in the deep depths of the Internet which is accessible only through Tor

What is Dark Web? What hidden secrets does the Dark Web conceal? Many of our readers ask us this question. Noob users who use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft’s Edge often come across terms like Dark Web, Deep Web and Tor. It leaves them with thousands of questions and at the same time in awe. The “dark web” is the encrypted network that exists between Tor servers and their clients, whereas the “deep web” is simply the content of databases and other web services that for one reason or another cannot be indexed by conventional search engines.

Neither the deep web nor the dark web can be indexed, but not all that cannot be indexed is the dark web. Even the most professional users don’t go the vast depths of the dark web. For normal users it is a much-hyped, mysterious place that the media would have you believe is a wretched hive of scum and villainy where you’d be well-served to shoot first if you hope to survive. Activists will tell you it’s our last, best hope for privacy and free speech, all alone in the night.

First of all, if you want anyone who matters to take you seriously, drop the “dark/deep web” thing. What you want to access are sites using the Tor Hidden Service Protocol. It works over regular Tor (anonymity network), but instead of having your traffic routed from your computer and through an onion-like layer of servers, it stays within the Tor network. You won’t know exactly what system you’re accessing unless they tell you, and they won’t know who you are unless they do – or unless one of you is careless.

But what exactly lies on dark web? The hidden nature of The Dark Web can make it difficult to know exactly what goes on there, but it is frequently associated with financial fraud, file sharing and data breaches, including the sale of details from identity theft. Equifax has made an Infographic that may be useful to readers to gain some knowledge about dark web and how it operates.

Delving into the Dark Web – An infographic from Equifax UK

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