Consider walking around in any big city in the world. In daylight, the finance district and tourist areas are the normal hustle and bustle of everyday life. Maybe even you will run into a pickpocket or a hustler. Maybe you will see some clowns juggling, or a businessman will give you his card while another person tries to give you free brochures for a museum opening. This is what I compare the normal internet that you probably surf on every day (or every so often). Yes, there are dark alleys of course where you can find some of the more shady parts of the internet. It’s still the regular internet. But in another place, the internet is just referred to as the ‘clearnet’. This should give you an idea of the level of contrast to what this other place is. That other place is called the ‘darknet’. Or sometimes just the “Deep Web”.
It’s like you walk into an alley, and another dimension opens up at the end of it. Welcome to hell. It is completely secret, completely unregulated, and very hard to get into, mostly because people don’t have the knowledge, but once you know it’s not too difficult, although to make it work you must have some technical skills. And to be safe in there you need even more technical skills. So once you know how, it’s easy, although going to the ‘darknet’ is not for the faint of heart.
Once inside, you will see everything is the same, but different. If you do it correctly, and according to instructions, the special hacked browser you use will not let you run normal unsafe things, most normal function that a browser have is switched off so a lot of things like flash and java don’t work, for security reasons. Trust me, where you are going, you are going to need every bit of protection you can have. You search something called GoGoDuck which looks like Google, but it’s not. You find a hidden wiki, which contains a directory of some of the things you can find on the darknet.
Political dissidents, scientists, whistleblowers, and people who expose the crimes of governments, corporations, military and other organizations use this hidden network, sucessfully, and some might say, morally right. Perhaps not so moral are the class-A drugs that are on sale, hitmen for hire, the illegal porn (i mean really, really illegal in any country in the world) and terrorist networks that operate in there. Not so nice. But, it’s the price you have to pay for free speech. You really have not felt what free speech feels like until you see the whole picture. It is lawless society as it would look like with absolutely no intervention from any authority.
Hackers are there, and technology enthusiasts. Because of the real anonymity that the regular internet can’t provide, this kind of network is a haven to everyone who has something to hide, or protect, like say your identity.
A word of warning. This is not the regular internet, not even close to the worst things you can find of the internet. Because.. Where the internet ends, the darknet begins, where the normal internet left off in it’s worst depravity.. This is not for the faint of heart. Once you take the red pill, and look beyond sanity, and see what is really out there, you will never be the same. Once you step through that portal, you are changed forever and will not be the same. Because you will find out how deep the rabbit hole really goes.
The most notable one is the Tor network, which provides a layered, encrypted end-to end privacy hidden network, combining access to normal internet but also the hidden content. You will see strange and encrypted URLs like kpvz7ki2v5agwt35.onion. All hidden websites in this network will have the .onion extension.
So that you don’t Google the wrong information, I provide the basic UNOFFICIAL instruction here: thehiddenwiki.info/access-the-hidden-wiki/. I personally think much of what they say is bullshit, but it serves the purpose of giving an insight as to how much hype and confusion that really exist there.
The official information is here, and before using this, or any other alternative, I suggest reading very, very carefully the installation instructions. Ignore the safety precautions and it can have a terrible cost. https://www.torproject.org/
A final warning. Put a tape over your webcam. I recommend using a hardened Linux platform, not Windows.. Good luck… and remember, unless you know what you are doing, your life will be in danger, or worse. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
P.S: BBC has a good little documentary: