Tor Browser – The Dark Web Browser

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In previous post I explained the difference between internet, deep web, and dark web, if you haven’t checked it I recommend you do so by clicking here because it’s important for you to know the difference between those three. Before knowing Dark Web Browser lets firts see whats Dark Web.

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Dark web as I explained in previous post is web consisting of .onion suffix which is a top-level domain. You can’t open these domain name in simple browser. Also a regular search engine can’t find these sites. The reason being high level of security and anonymity. Tor browser is a special browser used to access this part of web anomalously.

What is Tor?

Tor is short for The Onion Router (thus the logo) and was initially a worldwide network of servers developed with the U.S. Navy that enabled people to browse the internet anonymously. Now, it’s a non-profit organization whose main purpose is the research and development of online privacy tools.

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Using Tor makes it more difficult for Internet activity to be traced back to the user: this includes visits to Web sites, online posts, instant messages, and other communication forms. Tor’s use is intended to protect the personal privacy of users, as well as their freedom and ability to conduct confidential communication by keeping their Internet activities from being monitored.

How Tor works?

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Tor helps to reduce the risks of both simple and sophisticated traffic analysis by distributing your transactions over several places on the Internet, so no single point can link you to your destination. The idea is similar to using a twisty, hard-to-follow route in order to throw off somebody who is tailing you and then periodically erasing your footprints. Instead of taking a direct route from source to destination, data packets on the Tor network take a random pathway through several relays that cover your tracks so no observer at any single point can tell where the data came from or where it’s going.

Some rules to follow while on Tor network

1. Don’t: Click Suspicious Links or Partake in Criminal Activity

While the Dark Web might be home to a wealth of valuable information and services, it’s also notorious for being incredibly dangerous. Many websites that operate within the Dark Web are home illegal drug trafficking, human trafficking, child pornography, theft, gore and much more.

Be cautious of any link that you choose to click because some can be deceptive. Of course avoid any and all links that advertise any of the above or any illegal, disturbing, or harmful content you don’t wish to see.

Again, browse at your own risk. Ultimately, use anonymous web browsing and your access to the Dark Web in an appropriate and legal manner.

2.Do: Use Directories to Browse Safely and Responsibly

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So once you’re on the Tor browser, you’re probably at a loss. Tor doesn’t provide you with links to start surfing the Dark Web, so it’s up to you to find them instead.

One of the most comprehensive resources for the Dark Web in Tor is The Hidden Wiki. It’s accessible in the Tor browser at http://zqktlwi4fecvo6ri.onion. (Yes, most Onion URLs are confusing like that.)

3.Do disable JavaScript, Flash and Java

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Tor cannot protect your data with active content such as JavaScript, Adobe Flash, Java, QuickTime, ActiveX controls, VBScripts, etc. because these binary applications run with your user account’s privileges, and may access and share your data.

Moreover, they may also store cookies and site’s data separately from the browser and operating system, which may be hard to detect and delete. By disabling these technologies in your system using Tor, you can achieve a greater level of protection.

4.Don’t reveal your real identity

You should not use your real email on websites while using Tor. Tor is used to protect online privacy and hide real identity.

If you’re really privacy-conscious and don’t want to leave your mark anywhere on the Internet while using Tor, then you must consider a virtual identity which includes no matching information from your original, real-world identity.

You can use VPN along with Tor browser to increase your anonymity.

Conclusion:

Even if Tor network is hard to trace I am not saying that it’s impossible for government’s to trace you. By putting a little effort they can easily trace you back so be safe and use Dark web at your own risk.

What did you used Tor browser for? Let me know in comments below.