The Dark Web

The internet is a much, much bigger place than you probably realise. You know about Facebook, Google, newsday and Amazon, but do you really know what’s lurking beyond those user-friendly and respectable websites?

This is but a tiny corner of the internet, and the Dark Web and the Deep Web loom in much shadier corners. Using Tor you can access them, but should you even want to visit the Dark Web or the Deep Web?

What is the Dark Web?

The Dark Web is a term that refers specifically to a collection of websites that exist on an encrypted network and cannot be found by using traditional search engines or visited by using traditional browsers.

Almost all sites on the so-called Dark Web hide their identity using the Tor encryption tool. You may know Tor for its ability to hide your identity and activity. You can use Tor to spoof your location so it appears you’re in a different country to where you’re really located, making it much like using a VPN service.

To visit a site on the Dark Web that is using Tor encryption, the web user needs to be using Tor. Just as the end user’s IP address is bounced through several layers of encryption to appear to be at another IP address on the Tor network, so is that of the website.

There are several layers of magnitude more secrecy than the already secret act of using Tor to visit a website on the open internet – for both parties.

Thus, sites on the Dark Web can be visited by anyone, but it is very difficult to work out who is behind the sites. And it can be dangerous if you slip up and your identity is discovered.


In general, Tor’s pros are all in some theme of “allows people to do something someone does not want them to do”. There is sometimes very good reason for breaking the law.

Tor allows people to circumvent censorship.
Tor allows people to access illegal markets to improve their quality of life. Day-after pills, for example, are illegal in some very conservative countries and are accessible on the same markets that sell street drugs.
Tor allows whistle-blowers to more safely disseminate information.


Tor’s cons are indistinguishable from its pros. If you allow people freedom to do something, there will be those who utilize it productively and those who use it destructively. If you allow people to speak, you will get people advocating harmony and love and people advocating racist dogma and bigotry.

Tor allows pedophiles to publish, trade, and sell child pornography with relative safety.
Tor allows people to send threatening emails completely free from repercussion.
Tor allows people to engage in other various criminal monetary transactions through cryptocurrency, which is also legal and shares the same Pros and Cons as Tor itself.
Tor can be used to abuse clear net services.

In my opinion, Tor itself is the most extreme use of the internet and should never be used, and is dangerous.  You might find some useful stuff but the majority of is illegal and not worth the risk because it is obvious major agencies monitor such, eg NSA, FBI, MI6 etc.


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