What is the dark web?
The dark web is simply another ‘Internet’ that operates alongside the Internet you use every day. In fact, it looks and operates just like the web we use every day.
What is on the dark web?
Anything you can imagine – both legal and illegal. From news and articles on any subject imaginable to market places where you can buy hacking tools, weapons, drugs, porn, and stolen information. Stolen information may include social security numbers, credit card numbers, health care records, trade secrets, intellectual property or even photos. All for a price.
Who is on the dark web?
People that prefer anonymity and that require anonymity. This ranges from individuals seeking freedom of speech, researchers, reporters and whistle blowers to nefarious characters conducting illegal activities. TorMetrics reports that 2 million users browse the dark net at any given point in time.
What makes the dark web different?
The main difference between the dark and open web is anonymity. On the open web you are tracked and trackable. The dark web offers anonymity and the ability to browse, post and interact without being tracked. Anonymity is accomplished via TOR – a network built upon anonymity – think complicated VPN. Once on the TOR network can browse dark web properties. Each dark web property has a .onion extension as opposed to .com, .org or .io.
Can I access the dark web?
Not without a little bit of work. To access the dark web you will need to install, setup, and configure TOR. There are additional items to consider but they are outside of the scope of this article.
Should I access the dark web?
No. We do not recommend that you access the dark web. It is far too easy to end up in the wrong place at the wrong time – and to end up with ransomware or worse. If you have concerns in this area – contact us or a trusted security professional that has experience in this arena.
Is my information being bought and sold on the dark web?
There’s a chance. Most, if not all, of the data breaches that you hear about end up on dark markets. Some of the information might be useful to a criminal and end up being bought and sold.
What do I do if I think my information is on the dark web?
Find a trusted provider like Hueya to monitor the dark web on your behalf. Everyone stays safe and you are alerted if we find your information.