How to explore the world of Dark Web

You may have heard of the Dark Web or the Darknet. It sounds dangerous and mysterious. Does it break the law? If you are curious about it, then this post is to wake you up. I’ve spent a lot of time on the Dark Web, partly to gain knowledge, and partly to work. So let me take you on a tour and show you how you can explore the Dark Web on your own.

How to Explore the Dark Web

What is the Dark Web?

The Dark Web is the part of the Web that is only accessible through encrypted proxy networks, primarily Tor and I2P. The darknet generally refers to all Internet content accessible only through those networks, not just the Web. There is nothing more dangerous than the Dark Web. In countries outside of China, using the Dark Web is, in and of itself, completely legal. In general, you only break the law if you commit a crime on it.

In fact, many major tech brands and online services are available on the Tor network, including Facebook. I think from their point of view, they are thinking “This is our chance to have a really secure web channel” or “This is our chance to do DataMining on the Darknet, not just Clearnet .” What is Clearnet? If you’re reading this, you’re on Clearnet now. Clearnet is all Internet content that doesn’t require routing your traffic through Tor or I2P.

Sometimes you will confuse the dark web with the deep web. This is the difference. The Deep Web is all the web that is not indexed by a popular search engine, such as Google. All of the Dark Web is the Deep Web, but not all of the Deep Web is the Dark Web. The 1997 Spice Girls I Made On Angelfire fan site wasn’t the Dark Web, but the Deep Web.

These are the basics of how the Tor network and I2P work. Your browser or Tor or I2P client type establishes a connection to either network. Once that connection has been established, your Internet traffic is routed through a series of proxy servers to reach its destination. Each proxy node only knows how to pass packets to the next proxy node. So the data that identifies your endpoint is only found at the exit node that leads to your device. All your Internet traffic through these proxy networks is thoroughly encrypted.

All websites that are only accessible through Tor use the .onion top-level domain, and all sites with the .i2p top-level domain are only accessible through i2p.

Do’s and Don’ts

Here are the do’s and don’ts when using the Dark Web.

  • Be an adult.There is some content on the Dark Web that is harmless and suitable for children. But there is also a lot of content not suitable for children! So, if you want to explore the Dark Web, I recommend you make sure you’re an adult first. And make sure you’re an adult who’s comfortable with tripping over… adult images or discussing cocaine sales. Clearnet also contains some adult or illegal content. But the Darknet is like the slum of the web from the 1990s. Although the Dark Web itself is legal, a lot of people use the Dark Web for illegal purposes.
  • Don’t open the Tor browser or I2P browser full screen if you’re using a desktop computer, not a phone. The main purpose of using Tor or I2P is privacy, and going full screen will reveal your screen parameters.
  • Please visit the Dark Web site while in outside China . Using Tor or I2P geographically in China is illegal, and you could be caught and face hefty penalties. If you are in China and you think that using a location spoofing VPN will help you evade Chinese laws, you are wrong.
  • Don’t overestimate the security or privacy of an endpoint while you’re in Tor or I2P. Your device is also likely to be infected with malware, if not more. If you engage in illegal activity through the Dark Web, you can still be arrested by law enforcement. They often collect identifying data from Tor and I2P exit nodes or look for clues in what you post on Dark Web forums and marketplaces.
  • Try accessing Clearnet through Tor or I2P! Yes, you can access “normal” websites through the Tor Browser and the I2P browser. And you will do so through an extra layer of encryption. Some clever hackers will do almost everything through Tor or I2P, including shopping on Amazon or accessing Twitter.

What you need to access the Dark Web

You need a Mac or Windows or Linux PC. You can get started with Parrot OS on your PC. Or Android phone, iPhone or iPad.

You can use Tor and the Tor browser on all of the above platforms. In fact, if you’re using Parrot or Pwnbox, the Tor Browser comes pre-installed. You can use I2P on most of the above platforms, but you must install the client first.

Install the Tor browser:

This is where you can download and install Tor Browser on Windows, Linux, Mac or Android.

Tor’s Fork Browser for iPhone is the Onion Browser and you need to install it from the App Store here.


I2P settings:

This is where you can download and install I2P for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, BSD and Solaris.

How to Explore the Dark Web

You will need Dark.fail, especially if you want to access illegal markets and forums . Because the more illegal Dark Web sites change their URLs very often, sometimes several times per day, to evade the law or social media attacks. Dark.Fail will give you the latest URLs, which you can copy and paste into your address bar in the Tor Browser.

Their Clearnet website is at https://dark.fail , but I don’t recommend using this URL.
You can access Dark.fail on Tor at DarkFailenSdla5Mal2MXN2UZ66OD5VTZD5qozslagrfzachha3f3id.onion.

Account Dark.Fail’s Twitter on Twitter.

My favorite search engine for Tor sites is AHMIA.FI. You can visit https://ahmia.fi on clearnet or visit http://juhanurmihxlp77nkq76byazcldy2hlmovfu2epvl5ankdibsot4csyd.onion/ directly in the Tor browser.

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