You’ve probably heard of the terms Tor and dark web in the media. However, using these websites isn’t as dangerous as they appear. In fact, it’s simple to get them up and running.

The dark web is comprised of websites that aren’t being indexed by search engines like Google. It’s the portion of the web where data and other information that is normally private is stored. Email inboxes and Google Drive folders are stored on the deep web. They aren’t visible to the public when browsing with a standard browser.

On the dark web, there are numerous sites that are used for legitimate purposes. SecureDrop for instance, is a dark-web website that allows anonymously submitting sensitive information by whistleblowers. There are sites that assist people in buying 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.

Tor is the primary way to access the dark web. It routes your connection via a variety of free servers scattered across the world. This makes it difficult for anyone to identify your movements. The name “Tor” is derived from the fact that the traffic it encrypts is multi-layered, like the layers of pizza. This helps protect the privacy of users.