TOR is a browser that allows access to the so called dark web. But are only criminals using it? Learn more about this open source software with a compelling infographic. This article is part of a mini contribution series from dataprot, starting with with How VPN Is Establishing Data Privacy.
There is far more to the internet than what meets the eye
The internet is a very large place. So large, in fact, that we mostly occupy a tiny fragment of it. This “fragment” comprises all of the websites you can visit with your standard browser.
Calling such a vast amount of space a mere “fragment” might sound bizarre, but the rest of the unindexed internet dwarfs it by miles. Most estimates claim that this so-called deep web is some five hundred times larger than the indexed zone we typically access.
This gargantuan region is full of curiosities, but it also comes with quite a bit of danger. While the majority of it is little more than a haven for encrypted data (passwords, and banking info, for example), it’s also home to the dark web.
This is a sector of the deep web where all kinds of criminal activity takes place, mainly drug and weapons trafficking. Suffice it to say that it is a shady place at best, and downright perilous at worst. In fact, according to cybercrime statistics from KommandoTech, cybercriminals have stolen more than $4.26 billion from cryptocurrency exchanges, users and investors.
The TOR Browser
To reach the deep web, you need a special program to let you go past the internet we know and see every day (also known as the surface web). And TOR (The Onion Router) is one of your best bets for doing it safely.