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The Dark Web: Why people Use it?

The dark web is the hidden collective of internet sites only accessible by a specialized web browser. It is used for keeping internet activity anonymous and private, which can be helpful in both legal and illegal applications. While some use it to evade government censorship, it has also been known to be utilized for highly illegal activity.


  • Ensures privacy and freedom of expression

  • Allows law enforcement to identify criminal organizations


  • Makes it easier to engage in criminal activity

  • Can be used to violate the privacy of others

Why People use Dark Web?

1. Anonymisation:

Tor is mainly used for people to browse the open web anonymously, a very small percentage of its traffic relates to Hidden Services. People have many reasons for protecting their online identity or reduce their risk of falling victim to crime such as people who have been cyberstalked or who are concerned about the security of online banking.

2. Accessing Hidden Services:

A Hidden Service (also known as an ‘onion service’) is one where not only the user, but also the website itself, have their anonymity protected by Tor. This means that the IP address of the site cannot be identified, meaning that information about its host, location or content is hidden. Hidden Services can be used legitimately, for example for whistleblowing or to allow members of the public to share sensitive information such as knowledge about crimes without the risk of reprisals. However it is generally believed that the majority of Hidden Services contain illicit material.

3. Illegal Activity:

The Dark Web is used by the people who carry illegal activities online such as selling weapons or drugs. These websites and operations are often referred as Hidden Services (as discussed above).

Dark Web Tools and Services

1. Identity Guard

Identity Guard uses your email address to scan the dark web for any compromised data .It not only monitors your data, but it also alerts you when there’s a change in your credit report. It searched through 6 categories of data to access any vulnerabilities.

  1. Identity theft

  2. Account Hijacking

  3. Home Title Theft

  4. Credit Theft

  5. Spam + Robocalls

  6. Data Trading


  • Dark web scan

  • Dark web monitoring

  • Identity dashboard

  • Risk management score

  • Family plans


  • Credit protection only on higher plans

  • White Glove Resolution Concierge only on highest plan

2. Aura

Aura’s all-in-one digital wellness solution includes Dark Web Monitoring, Credit Alerts, Account Monitoring, and more. Aura’s family plan is also a top rated solution for protecting your children and loved ones from identity fraud.


  • Dark web scan

  • Dark web monitoring

  • Monitors all 3 credit bureaus with Experian Credit Lock

  • Up to 4x faster credit fraud alerts than competitors


  • One-on-one white-glove fraud resolution only on the highest plan

  • Wi-Fi security features not available on macOS or Chrome

3. Firefox Monitor

The Firefox monitor is Mozilla’s own breach detection service. Using your email, it scans the darkweb for known breaches and notifies you if your info has been compromised.


  • Breach scanner

  • Provides security tips

  • In the event of a breach, identify what info was leaked

  • Breach search


  • Users need a Firefox account to get alerts

4. MyPwd

MyPwd uses artificial intelligence to scan the deep web and the dark web to determine if any of your personal passwords have been leaked. They’re constantly on the lookout for evidence of the sale of databases, credit cards, illegal services, or cyberattack planning.


  • Scans surface, deep, and dark web for compromised passwords

  • Email subscription alerts


  • Barebones—not a ton of features

  • Limited supporting articles or FAQ available

5. Dehashed

DeHashed is an extensive search engine and monitoring service. It allows users to search emails, usernames, domains, IPs, and more, to find vulnerable info. DeHashed offers both a dark web scanner and monitor. The platform also works with breach analysis companies and different law enforcement agencies.


  • Robust scanning and monitoring tool

  • Monitor hacker activity in real time

  • Cyber intelligence dataset helps identify identity fraud

  • Affordability—fairly priced with many services provided for free


  • Some support features are locked behind a paywall

6. Hashcast

HashCast specializes in company security. The service allows you to monitor leakage of employee emails, passwords and hashes from all around the web—including the deep or dark web.


  • Scans for company-wide business breaches

  • Get alerted about data breaches via email for free

  • Easily verify your business domain

  • Different plan options cater to different types of companies


  • Limited features available on the free version—premium plans offer more options and better services

7. Intelligence X

Intelligence X is an independent European tech company founded in 2018. Based in the Czech Republic, its mission is to develop and maintain a massive search engine and data archive. Intelligence X is unique because it works with “selectors”—specific search terms such as email addresses, domains, URLs, IPs, CIDRs, BTC addresses, IPFS hashes, and more. These selectors allow Intelligence X to gather open-source intelligence from places like the darknet, document sharing data, whois data, public data leaks, and more.


  • Custom plans

  • Huge variety of custom selectors

  • Ability to search the dark web, deep web, document sharing sites, public leaks, BTC addresses, and more


  • Free users won’t get alerts, and lack access to most types of selectors

  • Mainly enterprise and government-focused—not easily accessible for regular individuals worried about personal cybersecurity

8. Dashlane

Dashlane is a subscription-based password manager and digital wallet application that offers security tools for both businesses and individuals. Dashlane saves password and secure information for autofill and even generates secure passwords for users.


  • Plans for various types of clients

  • Stores passwords and creates complex passwords

  • Dark web monitoring and scanning

  • VPN and WiFi protection

  • Automatic password changer


  • All dark web and online security features require a paid subscription

9. IDStrong

IDStrong helps you protect your personal and credit information online. Their team monitors black market websites, chat rooms, social media feeds, public records, the dark web, and millions of other data points across the Internet—all in order to determine if your personal information has been compromised. IDStrong alerts you immediately if any part of your identity has been compromised.


  • Free online scanning using your personal info, email, phone number, usernames, passwords, and more

  • IDStrong offers many features including monitoring, reporting, and live support

  • Up to 1M identity theft insurance

  • ID restoration support


  • Scanning is the only service that IDStrong offers for free

10. ImmuniWeb -Bonus One!

The company’s suite of products offer easy, affordable penetration testing that anyone can use.

By simulating attacks on sensitive information, ImmuniWeb helps clients determine (and fix) key points of vulnerability. Some of their clients include PwC – PricewaterhouseCoopers, eBay, and the Global Cyber Alliance.


  • Numerous free tests for scanning and monitoring online security

  • Ability to check many platforms

  • Robust AI on the cutting edge of penetration testing


  • Paid service is not priced for individuals

  • Company/organization AI dark web monitoring is locked behind the second most expensive paid option

Difference Between Deep Web and Dark Web


Deep web is the portion of the internet that is hidden and not shown from conventional search engine

The Dark web is a subset of the deep web which is intentionally hidden.

To access, you require password, encryption or specific software

To access, you require Tor Project or similar browser.

It is larger than surface web

It is subset of Deep web, but its size is unmeasurable.

It includes all unindexed webpages

It includes a subset of unindexed webpages inside the deep web.

You can access it with VPN

Need lots of precautions to access this data.


  • The public cannot access Intranets, or private networks, that are used by businesses and educational organizations.

  • Applications with a subscription model are accessible only after the user has paid for them. Search engine crawlers cannot access this information because of the paywall barrier.

  • Publicly accessible, free internet services are within the deep web category. Banking websites, for example, require users to check-in before they can read their account statements. Even email services like Gmail are part of the deep web because search engines cannot access the platform’s data.


  • The dark web’s primary use is to give website owners and users anonymity.

  • Websites that don’t want to be on the public internet, where they might be watched, can hide there thanks to the dark web.

  • Fascinatingly, even Facebook may be accessed as a Tor-hidden service, enabling users in nations where its platform is not legally accessible to surf the website securely.

Is it legal?

No it is not illegal to access the dark web. In fact, some uses are perfectly legal and support the value of the “dark web.” On the dark web, users can seek out three clear benefits from its use:

  • User anonymity.

  • Virtually untraceable services and sites

  • Ability to take illegal actions for both users and providers

Risks in Dark Web

Below are some of the threats who may face during your browsing experience:

1. Malicious Software

It offers tools for cyberattacks. However, it lingers all across the dark web to infect unsuspecting users just like it does on the rest of the web.

The dark web doesn’t carry as many of the social contracts that website providers follow to protect users on the rest of the web. As such, users can find themselves regularly exposed to some types of malware like:

  • Keyloggers

  • Botnet malware

  • Ransomware

  • Phishing malware

2. Government Monitoring:

With many Tor-based sites being overtaken by police authorities across the globe, there is a clear danger of becoming government target for simply visiting a dark website.

Infiltrations can put you at risk of monitoring for other types of activity as well. Evading government restrictions to explore new political ideologies can be an imprisonable offense in some countries.

3. Scams

Some alleged services like the professional “hitmen” may just be scams designed to profit from willing customers. Reports have suggested the dark web offers many illegal services, from paid assassinations to trafficking for weapons and more.

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