Going To The Dark Web

The Dark Web has a sinister, even foreboding, reputation for good reason. People go to the Dark Web to anonymously buy illegal narcotics, even to see child pornography.  Terrorists use the dark web to hide and organise. There are libraries of pirated books and music on the dark web.
 
If the Internet is an online world of towns and cities, then the dark web is the red-light districts. Nevertheless, the dark web is growing. More than growing, before long it will change the Internet as we know it.
 
Basically, the dark web is comprised of small peer-to-peer networks and larger and growing dark web networks like Tor, Freenet and I2P. 
 
The Tor portion of the dark web requires someone to download free software to be used as a browser. The name “Tor” comes from an acronym for the original software project name “The Onion Router.” Tor simply directs Internet traffic through a free, worldwide, volunteer overlay network. Round and around your signal goes in thousands of relays in an unknown sequence. This conceals your IP address and location.
 
The Dark Web is certainly used by criminals, but it is increasingly also being used by individuals in countries that ban access to certain parts of the Internet, or that even hunt down and arrest people who say certain things or communicate with political dissidents. 
 
The Dark Web is also being used by people in freer nations who simply are tired of their Internet traffic being watched and monetised by corporations. 
 
Some people would also rather not risk have their Google searches used against them in the future. Many aren’t interested in criminal behavior, but just have a penchant for privacy from government surveillance or the corporate world.
 
Who Benefits from the Deep Web?
There is a wide range of people that benefit from the Deep Web’s capability to allow anonymous use and communication. Listed below are individuals or groups who have benefitted from the Deep Web in the past and whom also continue to benefit from its existence today.
 
  • Journalists and Whistleblowers
  • Political Protesters, and Anti-Censorship Advocacy Groups
  • Residents of Oppressive Political Regimes
Who Uses the Dark Web?
The Dark Web has historically been a realm that has been accessed by a small minority of internet users. Out of the billions of Internet users accessing the Web on an everyday basis, Dark Web use remains around 3 percent of total Web use but it is often important access.
 
While usage of the Dark Web may seemingly be minuscule, the network’s individuals, businesses, and various trafficking organisations have rendered it a highly powerful force that has resulted in countless Internet users desperately wanting to access the Dark Web and to ultimately become a part of its anonymous user base.
 
For more information: please read the online book Easy Cyber Knowledge by Alfred Rolington 
 
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