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If you’ve seen our shows on the dark web, you’ll know some of the things you can find
We’ve talked before about illegal activities happening there, but there is much more to
You might find whistleblowers in the dark web, perhaps fearful of their identity being
Human rights journalists might also publish here, with an understanding that their work
can’t be traced back to them.
Critics of oppressive governments might air their concerns there, while others just want
absolute privacy when talking to people about their health.
Welcome to this episode of the Infographics Show, How to access the dark web.
First let’s give you a 101 on the dark web.
Sources differ on how much of the internet can be seen using a standard browser.
In a story, NPR told us that 96 percent of the Internet is not available through normal
Call it the iceberg theory, which means the internet we see is just the tip.
Other resources tell us it’s more like 90 percent, which is still huge.
So, what exactly are we not seeing?
First of all, we should understand the difference between the “Deep Web” and “Darknet”
The deep web might not be quite as degenerate as the dark web.
The deep web is simply part of the web that can’t be accessed through conventional browsers.
One expert tell us, “Despite many representations of a nefarious underground operating out-of-sight,
the deep web is mostly benign private databases and web resources not meant to be accessed
by the general public.”
Lots of data online isn’t available to our prying eyes.
Companies or banks have private databases, or some websites might not want to be indexed;
they want to remain unsearchable.
It’s not really that surprising that most of the information flowing around the internet
But then we have the dark web, and that’s a totally different thing.
This is a place where one wants absolute anonymity – not to say people don’t get found, they
As we said, you might find political dissidents working there.
In some countries you can still lose your freedom, or life, for criticizing a leader
How does it work?
How do people get this anonymity they require?
Well, the dark net both incorporates encryption and also uses special privacy browsers.
The best known is Tor, which is sometimes called, “The Onion Router.”
It is free software that directs traffic through a massive network <consisting of thousands
These servers are run by volunteers.
Here is an explanation by the Tor Project: “Tor's users employ this network by connecting
through a series of virtual tunnels rather than making a direct connection, thus allowing
both organizations and individuals to share information over public networks without compromising
We are told that the Tor network was created by the U.S. Navy and is still partly funded
by the U.S. government.
People can publish websites that can’t be tracked.
Tor tells us that while many people might think chat rooms are just full of rather strange
people talking about eating each other or making a poodle burger, many people go to
hidden chatrooms to discuss privately how they survived abuse, or perhaps to talk about
an illness they have that they are afraid could be found out in chatrooms outside of
This is a good thing of course, because why shouldn’t people at times have a bit of
You might remember probably the most infamous site, The Silk Road, a marketplace where you
could buy many things you won’t see being sold in the local shopping mall, but some
of those items were just regular things.
More recently, AlphaBay and Hansa were also closed.
Both these sites were run as hidden services (Onion services) on the Tor network.
But this show isn’t about what we find on the dark web, it’s more of a How To show
to tell you how you can access the dark web.
It actually isn’t hard at all.
So, first get yourself a Virtual Private Network (VPN) if you are intending to get on the dark
This is easy, just Google VPNS you can choose--even our sponsor Dashlane has a VPN!
Some are free, some of them cost a small amount of money.
You don’t need a VPN, but if you want to be extra secure, get one.
Even if Tor was compromised and you were visiting dark net sites, because you had a VPN it is
very unlikely you could be traced.
Ok, so you have your VPN, you are ready to access the Tor browser.
To do this just go to Tor and download it.
It couldn’t be easier.
Only download from the Tor site.
If you Google the words, “download Tor Browser” you should see as the top result the Tor Project.
Just wait a while and then install the browser on your machine.
Next, you’ll have the option to “Start Tor Browser”.
This you will do, and you will have access to .onion websites.
If you want to visit marketplaces, simply find a Darknet Market List.
You might also go to the popular databases, the Onion Directory and the Hidden Wiki.
These will tell how to access most things in the dark web.
Note: some people say it’s best not to change the window size while in Tor as the authorities
can track you easier if you do.
Others says also turn off Java Script.
Some others even say that you should put tape over your webcam, because you just never know.
Hey, Mark Zuckerberg does it.
Disable your mic, too.
Basically shut down all apps that are on your computer.
It should go without saying that you don’t use your real name and try not to send anyone
a photo of yourself.
You should also use an anonymous email account.
When you are done with your session, just shut your computer down.
Voila, you have been in the dark net, and you’ve done it the safest way.
The Dark Web can be a pretty scary place, but for most people they really just want
to look for themselves for one reason: to see if their personal information is being
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How many of you have accessed the dark web?
What were you looking for and what did you find?
Do you have any dark web tips for us?
Tell us in the comments.
Also, be sure to check out our other video The Rise and Fall of the Darkweb's Silk Road.
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