Dark web is the invisible part of the Internet. Normal search engines like Google don’t crawl Dark Web Sites, so dark web sites are invisible to search Engines. To access dark web you need special web browsers like Tor / The Onion Router, which is specially designed to browse web anonymously.
The Sun reports says - “The dark web is a network of untraceable online activity and websites on the internet. They cannot be found using search engines and to access them you need to use specific software, configurations or have authorization. They are used by lots of different people to keep their web activity hidden.”
Dark Web is used specially by cyber criminals. Cyber Criminals do criminal activity like drugs trading, illegal weapons trading through dark webs. Most of the dark web sites host illegal materials.
In the Dark Web Sites you can buy many illegal materials like illegal Drugs, Guns, Illegal Software, Credit Card and Debit card account details, stolen username, and password for various online accounts, stolen subscription credentials like Netflix etc. Even you can hire a hacker through Dark Webs.
If you are thinking everything in dark web is illegal, then you are absolutely wrong. There are also good sides of dark web, which are absolutely legal, like… Chess club, or Black Book website, these two are social networking website.
To access dark web sites you need TOR. To download TOR please visit official TOR website, here.
“The Tor browser routes your web page requests through a series of proxy servers operated by thousands of volunteers around the globe, rendering your IP address unidentifiable and untraceable. Tor works like magic, but the result is an experience that’s like the dark web itself: unpredictable, unreliable and maddeningly slow.” – Darren Guccione says.
There are various Dark Web Search Engines like Torch, Ahmia.fi, ParaZite, not Evil, Candle, DeepSearch, Complete Planet, The Internet Archive, Searx. Dark Web Search Engine’s User Interfaces are not very user friendly as Google. You may get an experience like searching websites in 1990s. Dark Web Search Engines always return irrelevant results on your query, repetitive results on your query. Even you may get timed-out connections and 404 errors.
Is Dark Web Legal to visit – No absolutely not. Just browsing dark web won’t send you behind the bars. But Dark web is not legal also. If you do illegal activity like buying drugs, hiring assassins, trading on stolen credentials, stolen credit card or debit cards on dark web you may face jail consequences.
What you can do on dark web safely :
i) Join a Book Club – You can join a Book Club to read book on dark. This is totally safe. There are plenty of options like Jotunbane’s Reading Club, Imperial Library of Trantor and Blog about stories
ii) You can read newspapers – In the dark web, there is a news outlet named Flashlight. Flashlight is focused on bitcoin, online privacy and other similar subjects.
iii) Get connected with people around the world in Dark Web – You may play classic board game on TheChess against players from around the world.
What you can’t do safely on Dark Web :
i) Selling and buying illegal Goods on Dark Web – Selling and buying of illegal goods on dark web is absolutely illegal on dark web.
ii) Selling and buying of illegal services – Selling and buying of illegal services like hacking services, assassination services is illegal on dark web.
iii) Selling and buying of Stolen Credentials – Selling and buying of stolen credentials like web sites account username and password, credit card and debit card data, stolen subscription credentials is totally illegal on Dark Web.
“Regulators have struggled to curb dark web activity. After the popular dark web drug market known as Silk Road was taken down by the FBI in 2013, Silk Road 2 popped up and immediately thrived, until the FBI and Europol shut it down in 2014. However, Silk Road 3 emerged soon thereafter.
In addition to the difficulty in shutting down dark web marketplaces, the technology has evolved to the point where the OpenBazaar open source code allows for decentralized marketplaces, similar to the way torrents allow for decentralized file sharing. Consequently, the dark web economy continues to grow, despite law enforcement’s best efforts.” – according to investopedia reports published on this week.