The Darknet – a deep mysterious hidden internet where you can buy and sell all kinds of illegal goods anonymously and with Bitcoin. At least that’s what most people think of it as. While the Darknet does indeed serve a clandestine marketplace for illicit products, it’s so much more than that.
In this article, we go through the basics of the Darknet; – what it is, why it was created, and what it’s used for now. Keep reading this practical guide to the Darknet and find out how you can access the Darknet in minutes.
A “dark net” is a general term for any network that is not the “surface web” or “clear net”. All websites are incognito, non-search engine indexible, and can only be accessed with a specific setup and using non-standard communications protocols and ports. And it isn’t just used for illegal activity – a lot of the Darknet are forums, blogs, essays, etc. Anyone who wants their information to be private and non-accessible to the majority of the public can place it on the Darknet with the right tools.
The TOR (The Onion Router) network is perhaps the most popular privacy network that is a part of the Darknet. TOR software is free, and enables anonymous communication through an onion routing protocol, much like HTTP works on the internet. It was originally developed by the government to be used for internal anonymous communications, until it went public and became part of the Darknet.