How do I access the Dark Web securely from both PC and mobile?

Are you tempted to explore the dark corners of the internet? Whether your curiosity is the only reason behind your visit to this article or you have another reason for using the Dark Web, we have a simple guide on how to access the Dark Web anonymously and risk-free, telling you what you can find there and how to stay safe on the Dark Web.

What is the difference between the Dark Web and the Deep Web

The visible part of the Internet as we know it is commonly indexed by search engines. So you can find websites or other publicly available content using a regular browser.

What is the Deep Web?

But by far 90% of the Internet is made up of the so-called Deep Web (sometimes also referred to as the invisible or deep web). This is not anything illegal, but content that is not or should not be indexed by search engines. You can think of it as, for example, your banking login and other password-protected accounts.

What is the Dark Web?

A small part of the Deep Web, then, is the dark web, or Dark Web. Again, this is not illegal, but a place that provides you with complete anonymity – either as a visitor or a content creator. No control, no censorship and safe. Which, of course, invites illegal activities.

What can we find on the Dark Web?

Much of the Dark Web is neither illegal nor dangerous. Most of it is closed community discussion forums or other harmless content. However, we can still get drugs, weapons, or child pornography on the Dark Web, and other things that carry real penalties. Dubious sources also often trade in illegally obtained user data, credit cards or fake IDs on the web.

So if you go to the dark web just out of curiosity, be careful where you click. Despite all the security the law enforcement agencies can track your activities. Just browsing the innocent part of the Dark Web is not, of course, criminal.

How do I access the Dark Web from a PC or mobile phone?

If you’re determined to check out the Dark Web, you’ll basically need 3 things to do so:

  1. Download the TOR browser. This is a free download for Windows, macOS, Android and Linux.

It will allow you to browse Dark Web addresses with a .onion extension that regular browsers won’t display.

  1. You’ll still need a reliable VPN. This will hide your identity and make it harder (but not impossible) to find out your IP address. There are plenty of options – both free and paid, among the most popular is WindScribe. Again, this is free to download for all common devices.

WindScribe can be used without registration for free with a basic initial package of data to surf, but after registration you get a much larger free volume of data.

So first start WindScribe or another VPN and connect to the automatically selected or preferred location.

Launch the TOR browser and to the right of the command prompt where you normally enter the url, you will find a shield icon. This will take you to the Security Level Settings section when you click the Change button. This needs to be changed from the standard Change to Safest – the most secure level.

  1. Now it’s time to enter a .onion address into TOR. The Dark Web doesn’t behave like a regular browser that would dump a bunch of pages for you to browse, so you need to know the specific address or the address of one of the signposts or search engines.

Safe Dark Web Browsing

In addition to connecting correctly, be aware of a few things:

  • Avoid illegal activity – every action is traceable in some way despite security
  • Be invisible – don’t interfere unnecessarily in discussions and communicate with vetted or known people. Be an inconspicuous bystander.
  • Don’t open unknown content and don’t download files – they may contain viruses
  • Don’t buy – items offered are not 90% legal. And every purchase can be traced with a bit of effort, even if you pay with cryptocurrency.
  • Don’t transfer amounts to other accounts – in many cases, users’ experience is that nothing arrives after payment. Whether due to seizure of goods or fraudulent actions of the seller.
  • Don’t give your details to anyone – phone, email or address, let alone passwords and access.


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