You probably regularly stumbled upon the term “darknet” while reading various articles or Internet forums. But what is it, and how do they get there? It turns out to be quite simple
Anonymity on the web now sounds like a mockery, every step of an ordinary user is monitored by systems that transmit data about the history of our actions on the network, primarily to marketing services that set up advertising for us. There seems to be nowhere to hide from this surveillance, but there is a Darknet, and it’s not so difficult to get into it.
Darknet is a common name for a network of resources united by a single property. They maintain complete anonymity of their users, for which they use several steps of information encryption. Sites located on the darknet are registered in the protected domain where they expect to be discovered by users. For example, the sites of the TOR Project system are registered in the domain.onion.
TOR (The Onion Router) Project is the most famous system of the “dark” network.
The name .onion is not given to resources by chance. The information encryption scheme in TOR is like an onion — each message is wrapped in several layers. According to various estimates, already in 2014 there were up to 600,000 hidden sites in TOR networks, and their number is growing every year.
To get into the darknet, you need to take the first step to your security — download a VPN, which at the first stage will open for you sites that are closed for use specifically in your country. The choice of VPN services is large, there are both paid and free options, choose the one that suits your browser and operating system.
You can get into the TOR network by downloading the official browser. The browser supports Windows, OS X, Linux, Android operating systems. You need to download the browser, install it and you can go to the “dark” network. The pre-installed DuckDuckGo search engine works almost like the familiar “white” search engines. Enter a search query and get links to resources. Alternatively, you can enter the site address you need in the browser line.