You’ve probably heard the terms Tor and dark web in the media. However, accessing these websites isn’t so dangerous as it sounds. Actually, it’s simple to get them up and running.

The dark web consists of pages that aren’t found by search engines such as Google. The dark web is a section of the Internet in which data and content are normally kept private. Email inboxes and Google Drive folders are stored on the deep web. They’re not visible to the general public when using a standard browser.

There are many other websites on the dark web that are used for legitimate reasons. For instance, the site SecureDrop is a dark web site that allows whistleblowers to provide sensitive information to news agencies anonymously. There are sites where users can purchase and sell stolen credentials, like passwords and credit card numbers. These are referred to as “marketplaces. The most well-known examples are Silk Road, AlphaBay and many others.

The key to accessing the dark web is a network known as Tor which routes your internet connection through a number of volunteer servers that are located all over the world. This makes it hard for anyone to identify your movements. Tor is so named because the data it encrypts is processed through a variety of layers similar to the onion layering of pizza, which helps to keep your identity safe.