1. What is the Dark Web and how is it different from the regular web that we use every day?
The Dark Web is simply a region of the Internet that is inaccessible to people who rely upon general use browsers. It is hosted on a distributed network of servers which can which can only be accessed via special browser like tour.
2. How do you access the Dark Web and what kind of browsers can be used?
To access the Dark Web, you need to download and install the Tor browser or Tails. Once you have done that, you can browse any website that has a “.onion” address, like those on our homepage.
In case you’re new to the dark web, the Tor browser is a special type of web browser that helps you protect your online privacy. When you use the Tor browser, your internet traffic is sent through a network of computers around the world, making it harder for anyone to track you.
3. What kind of content can be found on the Dark Web and is it safe to browse there?
Once you have downloaded and installed Tor, you can access the dark web by entering specific URLs into your browser. These URLs are known as “onion addresses” and they are only accessible through the Tor network. The Dark Web is a mixed bag. It’s full of interesting things like whistleblowing sites, general chat, news, and even corporate websites who want a presence there like Facebook and BBC. There are also illegal sections featuring sales of goods and services that are banned in most countries.
4. How do people use the Dark Web for criminal activities and what are some of the most common scams that take place there?
Not everyone uses it for criminal activities, as this is a misnomer circulated by popular media for clicks and shock value. There are a number of scams that take place on the dark web, just as there are on the clear web. These scams can be difficult to spot, as they are often designed to look like legitimate businesses. The most common scams on the Dark Web are fake online stores that sell stolen credit card numbers, fake IDs, and other personal information. Be cautious in this area.
5. Is it possible to stay safe while browsing the Dark Web and if so, how can you do that?
6. Are there any benefits to using the Dark Web?
There are some benefits to using the Dark Web, such as being able to access censored information and communicating anonymously. This is a huge help to those in authoritarian regimes with little contact with the outside world. However, some would argue these benefits are outweighed by the risks of accidentally accessing illegal content. It’s not illegal to accidentally stumble upon such content, but do not transact without being aware of keeping yourself anonymous.
7. How does law enforcement monitor criminal activity on the Dark Web?
Law enforcement agencies use various techniques to monitor criminal activity on the Dark Web, such as setting up fake websites and marketplaces, using undercover agents, and analyzing blockchain transactions. It’s incredibly difficult, though, unless users make a mistake somewhere along the way and disclose their location.
8. Can you get in trouble for just browsing the Dark Web?
While browsing the Dark Web itself is not illegal, accessing and downloading illegal content or participating in illegal activities is. It is important to be aware of the risks and potential consequences of accessing the Dark Web.