What is the Dark Web?
We’ve all heard of the Dark Web. Even if you’ve never used a computer before, chances are you’ve seen depictions of the Dark Web in TV and movies, but what exactly is the Dark Web and is it even real?
We’ve all heard of the Dark Web. Even if you’ve never used a computer before, chances are you’ve seen depictions of the Dark Web in TV and movies. It’s often presented as a terrifying place where the worst of the worst gather and partake in illegal activity. That’s about as far as most people’s knowledge goes about the Dark Web. However, most people don’t know what it is, much less how to even access it to verify that the spooky stories we hear about it are real. Some stones are best left unturned, but let’s flip this one over and see what we can find…just kidding, we’re just going to look at the stones, you can flip them over on your own if you want.
Is the Dark Web even real?
Yes. Seems like a silly question but at the same time, the Dark Web is often talked about in an almost mystical way. The internet is full of stories that often sound eerily similar to the stories your uncle tells about that one time he saw Bigfoot on a camping trip. So many stories about the Dark Web seem so odd and surreal that it can conjure up some healthy skepticism.
What is the Dark Web?
You’ve probably noticed that if you throw “dark web” into Google, you’ll get a lot of articles and videos talking about how scary the dark web and why you should never go there. It is content only exists on darknets that use the internet; however, specific software is typically required to access it.
Dark Web vs Deep Web
Quite often, the terms “Deep Web” and “Dark Web” are used interchangeably, which is incorrect. There is a significant difference. The Deep Web merely is content that is not indexed by search engines and typically behind a paywall. For instance, when you log into your bank account, technically you’re accessing deep-web information because your bank account is not accessible via a search engine. So the Deep Web has its place in everyday normal online life.
How to access the Dark Web
No, we are not going to give you full detailed information on how to obtain it. If you know how, or you want to know how, you’re on your own. As we said before, there is software you can use to access it and anonymous browsers. If you do find yourself on the Dark Web, good luck with navigation because it is far from the intuitive interface you’re currently using to interacting with on the web. When you have a network full of users doing anything and everything to remain anonymous, it can be difficult to know what exactly you’re looking at or whom you’re talking with during your journey. Also, factor in the fact that you’re mostly dealing with criminals, including scam artists, so the individuals on the Dark Web have little-to-no interest in being honest when it comes to cleaning out your bitcoin wallet. Oh, that brings us to another aspect of the Dark Web.
How do people purchase stuff?
We talked before about cryptocurrency with a basic overview on what it is and how it works. In the simplest terms, it is a digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange that uses cryptography to secure its transactions. Unlike traditional forms of money, cryptocurrency is decentralized, meaning no country or banking system controls it; instead, the decentralized control works through a public transaction database known as a blockchain. The anonymous nature of cryptocurrency is what makes it so appealing to make purchases on the Dark Web, which also leads us to our final point.
Why do people use the Dark Web?
Well, you may have noticed a specific word popup several times throughout this article – Anonymous. So does this mean the Dark Web is the awful place full of terrible people offering horrible services to equally appalling people with fat bitcoin wallets? Well…yeah, basically. It would be great to tell you that the Dark Web is all Hollywood nonsense and there aren’t credit card numbers, account passwords and drugs available for purchase, but sadly these things do exist. It’s not all doom and gloom because cyber police are becoming more effective at taking down the owners of Dark Web pages that deal in illegal services.
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