Tor Browser is a great way to get started with the darknet. Unfortunately, it's not necessarily the perfect solution that so many darknet users are looking for.
Here are a couple of cases where Tor Browser falls short:
- You're forced to manage multiple identities on one machine. Imagine that you're logged into Twitter or Facebook on your regular browser (Chrome, Firefox etc), whilst browsing the darknet on Tor Browser. How easy would it be to accidentally type something into the wrong browser? User error is the most common way online identities are revealed.
- Another reason is malware. An estimated 7.41 million new malware specimens were detected in 2017. That means there's a good chance your computer is already infected, even if you have anti-malware software installed. If someone else has access to your computer, they can see what you're doing, even if you're using Tor Browser. They also have easy access to your identity and location.
Sadly, these are problems built-in to the way most of us access the darknet on our own machines.
To combat this, we need to get into the habit of accessing the darknet on a separate system.
- Both the DarkNetKey and DarkNetBox are completely separate systems. You don't need to worry about multiple identities because you're not even connected to your main computer. All internet traffic is router through the anonymising Tor Network.
- Even if your laptop is infected with malware, it can't see you when you've booted using DarkNetKey. That means you don't need to worry about existing malware logging your key strokes or sending your data back to their own servers.
On top of this, all our systems are amnesiac, meaning they don't store your personal identity at all. There's no history, no cookies and certainly no tracking!
These are a couple of ways in which you can improve your security when using Tor. Look out for further articles in this series.