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The Truth About Dark Web Secrets

The truth about dark web secrets. The dark web is the second layer of the internet. The hidden layer. The anonymous layer. The part of the internet where criminal activity, crime, and corruption runs rampant. The home of the real black market.

What makes the dark web so different than the normal one?

I’m going to assume you somewhat understand how the internet works at a basic level if you’re reading this post. You use a search engine, like Google, to find websites. These websites are registered with some companies. The website has an owner and is categorized by whatever search engine you use to make it as easy as possible to find. There is a lot of accountability and rules for this side of the web.

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The Dark Web is the exact opposite

The dark web consists of a lot more than the regular network. There are no governing bodies; websites are not likely connected to anyone or anything. They’re not even likely to have a proper name, more like a string of random alpha-numerics — the reason being that the dark web doesn’t use search engines for their websites. You can’t just google “I want to buy an illegal gun” and get taken to the “buyanillegalgun.com” on this side of the web. The only ways of finding a specific website are either being told the address by someone you know or using a wiki of popular sites. That’s the real secret of the dark web. The wikis aren’t exactly common, but you can find them if you do some digging.

 

How do people access it then?

The way to access the dark web is by using particular open-source (free to use) heavily encrypted browsers. You can use these browsers for the regular internet if you so wish if you’re feeling extra precautious. This browser will re-route your connection to the dark web around the world several times before you make a connection. It can be a little slower to use when you’re pretending to be in India, China, Canada, and Peru all at the same time. But that’s the cost of privacy.

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The Truth About Dark Web Secrets. What is actually on the dark web?

Some of its unspeakable, but mostly its just trash. Scammers are trying to scam other scammers. People use it for the sale of contraband using cryptocurrencies. Mostly guns, drugs, counterfeit money, and people’s credit card details. Scammers will collect as much credit card info as they can and then sell them online. See, these thieves don’t want to get caught using the stolen credit cards themselves, so they sell them off in bundles on the dark web.

You might have your card stolen, and the thief will sell it on for $50 and save themselves the hassle of trying to use your money without getting arrested.

Dangerous hacker

 

Could my identity be stolen and sold this way?

As it is one of, if not the most, common ways that identity theft takes place. Yes, it could be stolen this way. Your entire identity: name, address, credit card number, tax number, social security, etc. This could all be bundled off together on the dark web for less than the cost of going out for dinner. Your accounts won’t be hacked per se though they will be exposed. It’s widespread, especially in the US and other wealthy countries.

Identity theft on the web with credit cards

 

What happens if my identity has been stolen?

The first thing you should do if you think your identity has been stolen is to contact your bank. Most banks have identity theft and fraud departments that will be able to walk you through the next steps. First of all, you should lock down your credit cards, freezing them from making any purchases.

 

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If you don’t plan on applying for credit, call Experion and Equifax, then Transunion and have them lock your accounts. You can also visit for free Annual Credit Report .com

Most identity thieves know they only have a short window before you catch on to their actions. By taking immediate steps, you can prevent any real damages being caused to your savings and your credit scores. If you stop them before they can get started, they will move on to the next identity because you aren’t worth the trouble. Or at least this is often the case.

What precautions can I take?

The best way to avoid having your identity stolen is to prevent using suspicious sites. Stick to the big names, and you improve your odds. There are additional safety measures you can take for your bank account too. Creating two-factor authentification can be one of the best protections. Blocking your cards from use abroad unless you activate them to travel can help tremendously. Most of all, when picking security questions, you most likely get a pretty standard set of questions: What was your first pet? What’s your mother’s maiden name? Where did you go to school? These are all TERRIBLE choices for security questions. They can all easily be researched, that information is probably plastered all over your Facebook page. Pick a difficult issue, even if you’re worried you’ll forget its safer to pick a less secure to guess the answer.

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