How to use the Dark Web for Good instead of Evil


300 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube every minute! 5 billion of these are viewed every day. With those facts and our search engines never ending, it’s hardly surprising that we mostly see about 4 per cent of the internet! What lies beneath is the ‘deep’ and ‘dark’ web.

What lies in the deep web is not accessible via a search engine (crawler), which ‘crawls’ through links relevant to what you type inside. What most people don’t realize is, we are accessing the deep web every day. Ever shared a file? You're on the deep web.

Whilst most of the deep web is innocent or irrelevant, medical records, databases, government resources (which are still illegal to search by the way!)  the further you get into it the more you are going to need to use TOR (the onion router), which allows a strong level of anonymity. Your IP address (which every computer has) is rerouted every ten minutes across the globe, using this with a VPN (Virtual Private Network), increases this more. This is where we reach the dark web.

What can you find on the dark web?

Hacker

The answer is, anything you like, really. That’s why it’s the dark web. It’s also obviously a very dangerous place, so anonymity is essential. Chances are if you're on the dark web, you’re probably on it for a reason. This is the place where you find thieves, hitmen, drug dealers and murderers. If at the very least a hacker might prank you claiming to know (or knowing!) where you are, seeing you or knowing your name (this has happened!) you might want to also cover your webcam and turn off the mic.

Reporters and Dissidents under regimes use it

Reporters and the police

Plenty of reporters, and dissidents under a regime who have information but feel or are unsafe to share this information rely on the dark web for their any anonymity. This allows whistle-blowers and human rights activists with inside access to get information to the outside world.

Literature

Reading

For billions of people worldwide, access to (certain) literature is illegal, restricted or unavailable in their country. Some are not available in the many bookshops or public libraries but can be easily found on the dark web. If the open web access is restricted, the dark web is the only option, making it perfect for scholarly research.

Hackers

Hacking


Whilst the threat of a cyber attack or a computer virus isn’t appealing, hackers are vital for finding out illicit information for our survival and exposing evil. Ethical hackers, sometimes known as ‘white hat hackers’ use their skills to test security, find bugs in systems, and prevent innocent people from harm.

Whilst some people may use the dark web out of pure curiosity, it’s mostly associated with drugs, violence, and a haven for dangerous paedophile rings.

In 2015 a hacker wiped out a fifth of the dark web's content after finding several child pornography site links on the hosting provider Freedom Hosting ll. They then passed the information to a security researcher to hand into law enforcement.

Remaining Anonymous

Anonymous

Plenty of people use the dark web for their own curiosity and to ask questions safely without fear of being judged. A Spanish doctor who goes by the name of DoctorX shares his advice to people as a drug counsellor. Victims of abuse share stories and advice they’d otherwise be too scared to without fear of being traced and without having to do so in person.


So there you have it. These are some of the above reasons why the dark web is useful to tackle the dangers out there. Please bear in mind if you are going to search the deep and the dark web, follow the instructions above and NEVER reveal your real identity. Not every discovery is a good one, don’t let curiosity get the better of you and click on something you know you will not like.

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