The so-called “dark web” has been subjected to more than its fair share of unfavourable press coverage. It is the location where the hackers who broke into Medibank deposited the data that they obtained, and it is also the location of the marketplace where illegal substances were sold. These things are made possible by cryptocurrencies and the onion router, which is a sequence of layers upon layers of encrypted communication that hides your IP address as well as the entrance and exit points of the network. However, there is a significant amount that is positive as well.
There are solid and reasonable reasons why someone would desire to conduct oneself anonymously online or to overcome limitations on their web usage. One of these reasons is to avoid being tracked by websites. Those who are subjected to dictatorships, for instance, might use the dark web to communicate with people in other parts of the globe about the facts of their lives in spite of the propaganda spread by their governments. This can be done while maintaining their anonymity and the security offered by the dark web’s encryption. One more is for those who report illegal activity inside a company.
If you are interested in exploring the dark web for yourself, the Hidden Wiki, which just received a brand new version 3 domain, is the place to begin your explorations.This is due to the fact that it is an Onion address, which can only be accessed via TOR, also referred to as The Onion Router.
On the project website for TOR, where you may also download the TOR browser, you can find further information on TOR. That’s a web browser, and it’s fairly similar to Chrome, Safari, Edge, and Firefox, as well as all the others; the main differences are that it gives you access to.onion sites in addition to conventional websites, and it separates each online session so that no organisation can follow you from site to site. It makes all users seem the same to avoid fingerprinting based on location, browser type, or any other criteria, it automatically clears cookies, and it encrypts your traffic three times over.
Therefore, use the TOR browser and go to the Hidden Wiki Dark web to get a taste of the content available on the dark web. In most countries, accessing the dark web is not in and of itself illegal; however, this is not the case in Iran, China, Russia, Armenia, Egypt, Mongolia, and South Africa. Even yet, it is still against the law in every jurisdiction to engage in criminal actions while using it, and iTWire strongly recommends that you only use it for reasons that are lawful, like protecting your privacy or having secure conversations about sensitive issues.
On the Hidden Wiki, you will discover a variety of helpful resources, including a guide to anonymity, privacy-focused search engines, privacy-focused email servers, essays, domain services, BitCoin services, whistleblower tools, and Dark Web versions of major websites, such as BBC News, Facebook, and even the CIA.
Now, yes, you will also find connections to purveyors of purported illegal activities, so be advised and take them with a grain of salt. Now, yes, you will also discover links to purveyors of alleged unlawful activities. After all, is it possible to have any faith in an entirely anonymous transaction in which you are asked to transfer actual money and then have to cross your fingers and hope that you receive what you want?
The recommendation from iTWire is to steer clear of these websites. This is not just for the apparent reason that they are breaking the law, but also because these websites are almost certainly frauds and traps, and the only thing that is certain is that you will lose your money.
Hidden Wiki’s announcement of its “version 3” domain refers to TOR abandoning its old address format (version 2) and moving on to a new format. Increased privacy is the primary motivation for Onion URLs, which include extra elements to assist in deriving a host address from a domain name. Third parties are unable to track users’ activities as a result. Because it is analogous to the DNS scheme used by the standard Internet, it eventually implies that users who have bookmarked v2 Onion sites will need to guarantee that their bookmarks are updated to v3 versions.
That brings us to the end of our tour through TOR, the Dark Web, and the Hidden Wiki. Check it out and see for yourself what it is, but always use good judgement, and be warned that TOR sites may have unpredictable uptimes, meaning that they may be up sometimes and not up other times. This is because TOR sites are housed in a scattered manner, without the normal infrastructure of the clearweb, thus this is the nature of sites hosted in this manner.