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What is the Dark Web?

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What is the Dark Web, Dark Internet and how they are Used

we all know the World Wide Web that billions of people use every second, but not many are aware of the Dark Web that has been creeping up more and more over the past few years. It's easier to understand exactly what the Dark Web is if you think of it in the same way you think about the Earth. Just like the Earth, the Word Wide Web has a surface layer known as the Surface Web. The Surface Web is a part of the 'regular' internet that can be accessed through search engines and URL addresses. 

Continuing with the Earth analogy, just like there are layers under the Earth's surface that can't be accessed via a digger, under the web's surface lay the Deep Web and the Dark Web. The Deep Web and the Dark Web can't be accessed with regular search engines, rather via specialized software. Experts claim that the Deep Web is 500 times larger than the Surface Web however the Dark Web is just a tiny percentage of this. Equipped with the correct know-how, it's easy to access the Dark Web but it's also easy to be detected. Let us help you to access the Dark Web the right way.

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The Dark web concerns itself with anonymity. It is a group of networks that anonymize communications and make the origin and destination of internet traffic more complicated to locate. It's therefore a favorite amongst those dabbling in illegal activity such as drug dealing, child pornography and credit card fraud. On the other hand, it can be used for more legitimate but equally illegal acts such as uncovering government schemes and communicating 'off the record' with the media.

Maybe the most famous Dark Web story is the Silk Road case, a modern online black market that was created on the Dark Web and shut down in 2013 for selling illegal drugs. However, the Dark Web isn't all bad. It allows users to exercise free speech in countries where it is banned. Furthermore, in countries that ban social media and specific search engine sites, dark web tools can help avoid these government restrictions. 
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One particular tool to access the Dark Web is the Tor.  This allows you to access sites that end in the.onion extension that can't be accessed via regular browsers. With Tor, your browser traffic is anonymized through encryption before it sends it to its final destination. This means that Tor's browsing experience is known to be slightly slower than regular browsers due to the anonymization process. Nevertheless, tools like Tor, aren't flawless and some websites block traffic from Tor browsers. In addition, with Tor you won't stay protected from falling deep into the Dark Web and seeing things that you wish you hadn't.

So, there you have it.  The Dark Web explained. 

Bottom Line:

The Dark Web easily grants surfers access to the sites we've touched on.  The world of drug deals, fraud and worse are available at the touch of your fingertips so remember to stay aware of where and how you are surfing at all times.  What's more, The Dark web is a messy place and there are people out there looking to scam others so keep your wits about you! 




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