How to search the Dark Web
What do freedom fighters, unscrupulous hackers, and opportunistic tycoons have in common? They all use the Dark Web, and they all want traffic.
Though the Dark Web can be a haven for illicit activity, the encrypted internet is also home to innovative startups and creative technologists. There's also a ton of fascinating, and legal, content on the Dark Web, including Facebook's Dark Web site, The New Yorker's source protection site Strongbox, and tons and tons of cats.
SEE: Three ways encryption can safeguard your cloud files (Tech Pro Research report)
Dark Web sites, like those in this list, require the Tor browser to access, but just like the clearnet, thousands of sites are indexed by and accessed using search engines. Some search engines, like Grams and Helix, have slick design. Others, like Torch, are bare bones and return a variety of URLs, some legal and useful, some broken, some clearly illicit.
This is a list of the most useful, popular, and interesting Dark Web search engines.
Before you hop on Tor and begin poking around, novices and experts alike should exercise care and caution when visiting the Dark Web. Though many of these sites return benign content, much of the Dark Web is NSFW. TechRepublic does not condone illegal or unethical activity. Offensive material can sometimes be just a click away. Browse at your own risk. Never break the law. Use the Dark Web safely, and for legal purposes only.
- Why reusing your passwords is riskier than ever (CBS News)
- Dark Web: The smart person's guide (TechRepublic)
- 'Down the Deep Dark Web' is a movie every technologist should watch (TechRepublic)
- Digital currency is poised to reinvent how startups are funded, led by Chroma Fund (TechRepublic)
- Dangers of the Deep, Dark Web (TechRepublic / IBM white paper)
- Infographic and interview: The explosion of cybercrime and how to protect your business (TechRepublic)
- Defending the last missing pixels: Phil Zimmermann speaks out on encryption, privacy, and avoiding a surveillance state (TechRepublic)
- Inside the secret digital arms race: Facing the threat of a global cyberwar (TechRepublic)
- Cyberwar: The smart person's guide (TechRepublic)
- Online sales of illicit drugs triple since Silk Road closure (CNET)
- 200 million Yahoo log-ins reportedly for sale on dark web (CNET)
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Dan is a Senior Writer for TechRepublic. He covers cybersecurity and the intersection of technology, politics and government.