The Dark Web
First let’s define the internet “The internet is the global system of interconnected computer networks that use the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to link devices worldwide”. Now we know what the internet is, and we have been enjoying the benefits and convenience in our today’s life. However most users are only aware what the surface internet/clear net has to offer, with constant effort to keep the internet a safer place; now we see what the internet is now as today.
Did you know? There used to be explicit and unfriendly contents that used to exist in the surface web, now they are all gone, but not totally gone. Where did they all go?
Introduction to Dark Web
The Dark web is a place on the internet that is not accessible using the regular browsers or your regular connections. This is where all or most of the connections went.
Dark net websites are accessible only through networks such as Tor aka “The Onion Router” and I2P (“Invisible Internet Project”). Tor browser and Tor-accessible sites are widely used among the dark net users and can be identified by the domain “.onion”. While Tor focuses on providing anonymous access to the Internet, I2P specializes on allowing anonymous hosting of websites.
The dark web is also used for illegal activity such as illegal trade of stolen assets such as bank information, personal information, as well as drugs and a media exchange for nefarious activities like terrorism.
Yes, there is what we call a Deep web; this is often confused with Dark web. Both of them uses TOR and the onion.
What’s the difference?
Deep web sites can be searched through search engines. While dark web sites usually cannot be searched by search engines. However, dark web is evolving and there are people who are constantly making efforts to make these dark net sites more known through repositories and list.
PC and Mobile
The Tor networks and onion sites can be accessed through both PC and Mobile. But we will cover that in another topic.