I’m looking for a way to go on internet and nobody will know I’m there, nobody will bother me because nobody knows it’s me.
Everyday we go online and as soon as we start typing the very few words of our search, or the clicks that will get us to destination, a myriad of information targeted to us comes in the form of advertising or redirection.
These are just few of the examples where our identity is revealed and the user becomes just a number into a big system, which might be used for good or for evil.
So, what is the Dark Web?
Imagine going into Internet and advertisers had no clue of who you are, where you’re coming from, what you have browsed in the past, what you bought in the past or any information on you.
Imagine being a whistle-blower or a dissident who tries to speak up or reveal some truth on an oppressing regime and censorship was not able to pinpoint you.
Imagine being a criminal who has to go under the radar, undetected from the police or any surveillance, without being caught.
Well, the Dark Web can do this and more. The Dark Web does not always guarantee your anonymity, but it tries very hard to.
A long time ago few people with good or not so good intentions, started to create separate networks that fit the above purposes, but they were costly to maintain and keep track of.
Meanwhile Internet was becoming bigger, better, safer, deeper, more exposed and more accessible everyday.
So why not lay something like a web over the web, which fit the purpose of “complete” anonymity. This way the Dark Web was born.
Almost everybody has heard of or used at least once the Tor Network, also know as the Onion, where the Dark Web has reached his height as much as even Facebook or other giants have created their presence there. These networks are operated by big and small organizations as well as individuals, or even state sponsored.
They use different encryption technologies, randomization, packet routing, relays or a combination of any or all of the above, to allow users to remain anonymous.
They can serve for good or for evil, but they are here to stay.
You can try it yourself anytime as the tools and means to access most of these networks are freely available, but take extra care because not everyone in there has good intentions, and not everybody plays it nice.
Tags: Anonymity, Dark Web, Encryption, Information Security, Internet, Onion, Speak Up, Tor Network