Dark Web Monitoring

Dark Web Monitoring

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What is the Dark Web?

One of the most common questions we get is, “What exactly is the Dark Web, and why should I worry?”  As the associated graphic shows, the Internet is very much like an iceberg.  What you see on top is what we search for every day, i.e., weather forecasts, sports scores, public news, free video games, etc.  The vast majority of the Internet is found on the Deep Web.  The Deep Web is made up of all those private areas that sites like Google and Yahoo can’tindex.  Most People use this part of the Internet.  

“Not me,” you say!  “I would never do anything illegal.” Of course, we know that, but please remember that there is a big difference between the Deep Web and the Dark Web.  Do you use online banking?  Read any news sites behind a paywall?  Maybe trade stocks or watch your IRA on your computer?  Use email?  Basically, if you have to log into a site, it is most likely a part of the Deep Web. 

The Dark Web is an offshoot of the Deep Web.  It is that dark alley you tell your kids not to walk down after hours.  And like many other things, its reputation is both well-earned and overblown.  While it is true that you can get just about anything illegal for sale on the Dark Web (drugs, guns, pornography, user credentials, stolen credit cards, etc.), it is also a place where people can truly have a safe and open dialogue.  


How to Access the dark web

Like many other tools, it is how you use it that makes the difference.  Accessing the Dark Web is not illegal, but accessing certain sites for illicit purposes can get you in trouble.

You can access the Dark Web using a special tool called the Tor Browser.  This browser will encrypt your traffic and connect you to a random Dark Web Gateway.

Search engines are available on the Dark Web.  Due to the fluid nature of the Dark Web, there are many sites that you can search for one day and not find an hour later.  Some of the more popular search engines include DuckDuckGo, Not Evil, Torch and Haystak.


Dark Web Good vs Bad



Anonymity Protects Privacy

Using the Tor browser allows for anonymous access and can protect you against all the monitoring done on the Internet. Many popular sites, i.e. Facebook and New York Times have a presence on the Dark Web.

Illegality Abounds

Every year, millions of dollars of illicit materials are sold on the Dark Web. While much of the Dark Web is perfectly legal, there is enough "shady" behavior to make anyone surfing a bit nervous.

Avoids Government Monitoring

In many countries, the people are controlled by limiting the information that they can see. The Dark Web can allow for safe perusal of information in many cases and coordination of activities, like the Arab Spring.

Anything is For Sale

Unfortunately, the Dark Web is known for being a huge bazaar of illegal items. Drugs, guns, child pornography, credit card numbers, bank accounts, personal information, etc. are all for sale.

Whistleblowers Rejoice

The Dark Web is becoming a fast favorite for whistleblowers to reach out to either government or the media due to its anonymous nature and encrypted browsing.

No Honor Among Thieves

A totally anonymous environment where everything is done by anonymous crypto transactions...what could possibly go wrong? You downloaded your favorite TV series and got ransomware? Imagine that.

Challenges are just opportunities in disguise. 

Dark Web

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