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What is the dark web?

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The realm of the internet known as the dark web or “darknet” is recurrently misinterpreted, largely because search engines like Google do not index it. This makes it all the more difficult to visit for the average person, thus contributing to the confusion.

To visit websites on this part of the internet, one must use a distinct type of browser that can access them – traditional browsers such as Chrome or Firefox are inadequate because they cannot follow the links to the files where the sites are hosted.

The links used to navigate through these sites come in an alternative form called onion links; which will be elaborated upon in another article. It’s likely that dark web websites are not as understood by most internet users because they’ve never actually tried to learn how to visit them. It takes a bit of effort and technical know-how, but it’s really no different from searching for sites on Google. It’s just that you need to use a different browser.

Dark web websites use specific browsers like Tor or Tails to interface with visitors. Despite being a bit trickier to use, dark web websites have become an important part of the internet. For instance, they allow people living under oppressive rulers to bypass government firewalls and read world news, share their experiences with others, and blow the whistle on humanitarian issues without fear of reprisal. But there are some websites that have been linked to both criminal activities as well.

What Websites Make Up the Dark Web?

The dark web has been used by criminals and hackers to engage in illicit activities, such as selling stolen data and drugs. But not all dark web websites are bad. Some sites are helpful, and run by legitimate companies and organizations. For example, Dark Web News publishes news about dark web happenings and events for researchers, law enforcement officials, and other interested parties.

The dark web is a place that has no central governing body, so it’s hard to say exactly how many websites exist there. Most estimates put the number at about 50,000 active sites.

The list of websites that make up the dark web is a who’s who of the Internet: The NYT, Twitter, and The BBC all have subdomains on the dark side. So does Facebook and ProPublica. Even the CIA are part of the dark web. Don’t believe us? Here’s their dark web website: http://ciadotgov4sjwlzihbbgxnqg3xiyrg7so2r2o3lt5wz5ypk4sxyjstad.onion/

But not all dark web websites are bad. Some sites are helpful, and run by legitimate companies and organizations. For instance, you can use Tor2Web to access Facebook via Tor — just remember that if you do this with your real name it will show up as “Connected.”

Types of websites commonly found on the dark web include marketplaces where goods such as drugs or weapons can be bought, communication platforms for those seeking anonymity, and hosting services for websites that cannot be hosted on public networks. Examples of dark web websites include The Hidden Wiki, Tor Marketplace, and OnionMail.

How Does the Dark Web Work?

As we explained earlier, the dark web is a section of the internet that is not visible to search engines and can only be accessed through specific web browsers. It is a web of anonymity, encrypted communications, and hidden networks. When users connect to the dark web, it is like entering a new world with its own rules and regulations. All communications and transactions are encrypted and unindexed, allowing users to remain anonymous. With the dark web, users can access services such as online marketplaces to buy and sell goods, and even chat rooms for anonymous conversations. It is also used for criminal activities, so users must be aware of the risks associated with the dark web.

The dark web is accessed using specialized software such as Tor (The Onion Router) which allows users to remain anonymous. To ensure privacy, users must take extra security measures such as using encrypted messaging services and avoiding activities that could reveal their identity.

What Can You Find on the Dark Web?

The Dark Web can be used for a variety of purposes, including some that are illegal. On the Dark Web, you can find websites that offer services such as hacking and fraud. Additionally, there are online markets that offer illegal services, as well as torrents and other files that are not available on regular search engines. It is important to note that the Dark Web is not a safe place, and you should be cautious when accessing it.

Examples of goods and services available on the dark web include illegal drugs, weapons, stolen data, and malicious software. Additionally, legitimate services such as file sharing and communication platforms can also be found. To safely access dark web websites, users should make sure they are using the correct software and take measures to protect their identity.


In conclusion, the dark web is a part of the internet which is not indexed by search engines and requires Tor or Tails to access. It consists of websites that offer both legitimate and illegal goods and services, making it important to understand its implications. Users should always take security measures such as using encryption and avoiding activities that could reveal their identity when accessing dark web websites.