TOR can be intimidating at first, especially because of its larger than life reputation. I mean TOR is how you access the deep web, where all the criminals do their business right? Well, just like all Los Angeles citizens are not criminals, not all users of TOR are evil. Obviously, some users on there participate in grey or black hat activities. Who knows, maybe you are planning on joining the ranks of the drug sharks, or joining an illegal club. However, there are plenty of legal reasons to join TOR as well. In this article, we will be going over the benefits and features of TOR, talking about some of the stuff you can do on it, and guiding you on how to download TOR if you are so inclined.
TOR is not the deep web. That is the first thing that any deep web pro will tell you. Just like how Chrome or Internet Explorer are not the world wide web, TOR is a browser to access .onion links. Onion links are specialized domain names that protect the privacy of both the browser and the website. As Wikipedia explains it, “.onion is a special-use top level domain suffix designating an anonymous hidden service reachable via the Tor network. Such addresses are not actual DNS names, and the .onion TLD is not in the Internet DNS root, but with the appropriate proxy software installed, Internet programs such as web browsers can access sites with .onion addresses by sending the request through the network of Tor servers. The purpose of using such a system is to make both the information provider and the person accessing the information more difficult to trace, whether by one another, by an intermediate network host, or by an outsider”. Basically, onion links use something called public and private keys to make sure everyone is untraceable. This allows privacy driven users and illegal activity to flourish on TOR.
Some of the illegal stuff you can find on TOR ranges from drugs to counterfeit currency. There are many markets, called dark net markets, where buyers and sellers conspire to exchange illegal data, drugs, counterfeit money, and much, much more! If you are more interested in this, go check out darknetmarkets.com which specializes in this kind of stuff. No matter what your interests, TOR has something for you.
Let’s finish off by talking about how to download TOR, and access it for the first time. Tor’s official website can be found at torproject.org and it is a safe place to check out TOR on the clear web. From there, you can follow the links on the website to go to the download installer. There are several installers available depending on your OS, with Linux, Mac, and Windows all being covered. Follow the instructions that the download manager gives you, and it is a relatively easy process. It will give you a desktop application for easy access, and from there accessing TOR is a piece of cake!
With all of this information, you are now a TOR pro. With your newfound knowledge, you can access and understand TOR to its full extent!