You’ve probably heard of the terms dark web and Tor discussed in the media, but logging into them isn’t as dangerous as it sounds. It’s actually surprisingly simple to start.

The dark web is a set of websites that are not found by search engines such as Google. The dark web is the part of the internet where information and content are normally kept private. For instance email inboxes and emails online banking logins, online banking inboxes and Google Drive folders live on the deep web – they aren’t visible to users using a normal browser.

There are many other websites on the dark web that have legitimate purposes. For instance, the website SecureDrop is a dark web site that allows whistleblowers and other whistleblowers to disclose sensitive information to news organizations without revealing it. There are other websites that help people buy and sell stolen credentials such as passwords, credit card numbers and social security numbers. These are referred to as «marketplaces. The most well-known examples are Silk Road, AlphaBay and many more.

The key to surfing the dark web is a system called Tor which routes your connection through a set of volunteer servers that are scattered across the globe. This makes it difficult for anyone to track your activities. Tor is named that way because the data it encodes is processed through a variety of layers similar to the onion layering on pizza, which helps to secure your privacy.