Browsing the Dark Web

Once a connection is established with Tor, one can instantly dive into the Dark Web. The one caveat is that there is no Google, and no direct page to start from. As a user, you must know what you are looking for.

As we’ve discussed, the Dark Web is focused on anonymity, and that shows in the way website addresses are named. Surface Web domains are short and easy to remember (e.g. Google, Facebook). Dark Web domains are intentionally confusing and hard to remember (e.g.http://am4wuhz3zifexz5u.onion/). In addition, Surface Web domains are static – that is, Google, for instance, has owned Google.com for over 10 years, and that is their main address. To promote anonymity, Dark Web domains are not only difficult to remember, but they are constantly changing.

Aside from the domain name caveat, browsing the Dark Web is fairly similar to browsing the Surface Web. Dark Web pages use the same conventions of Internet mark-up language, such as HTML and CSS stylesheets.

Here is the front page of a Tor website as seen in the modified Firefox browser:

Source: Author’s Screenshot

See? Nothing too out of the ordinary in terms of page design.

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