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Tor and the Dark Web: Exploring and Explaining

In writing my paper, a guide on Tor and the Dark Web and a their role in the future of privacy, I have had to research the technology behind Tor and how the encryption and routing scheme works to enable anonymity of origination of user data. Along with the mechanics of Tor, most of my time was devoted to reading articles and stories about Tor to gain a better understanding of the view the media has of Tor and the effect the view has had on the public’s understanding and usage of the tool. I have already finished a draft of the paper, and so the only thing left to do is to further ponder over the question of Tor’s relation to the future of privacy.

The most challenging part of the process was explaining the mechanics behind Tor in a way that was easy to understand for any reader, especially those without a technical background. Overall, the entire paper has been fun to write because the topic itself interests me greatly and has given me the opportunity to give others a better understanding of a useful tool, Tor, and a potentially different perspective on its role in the future of privacy.

Tor is the key to online security

Online privacy is a major concern for college students and Internet users in general. Users of the Internet put so much information on it from credit card information, communication, and personal information. There are various steps that users can take to protect their online security. One method of protection is the use of Tor. Tor is an open network and free software. This software allows users to be hidden, ambiguous, and safe while on the Internet. It enables users to be protected from network surveillance or analysis that may be imposed upon them on the normal Internet by various agencies, corporations, or individuals. Using software like this allows the user to be completely safe through routing layers and encryptions.  This method of privacy seems the most straightforward and easy when it comes to online security. It is a simple step of downloading and using the software that will protect an Internet user. College students today do not have the time to mess with various modes of privacy servers on the Internet and Tor allows students to use single software and receive protection. This simplicity alone is a compelling reason to use Tor when on the Internet. Tor allows students to have online privacy and is quite simple; this is just one step that a user can take to protect their online privacy.

Using a VPN to Protect Privacy

One thing college students can do to protect their online privacy would be to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network). In short, a VPN encrypts a users’ data so third parties are unable to view it. They are particularly useful while using public networks such as a Starbucks Wi-Fi because any individual with enough knowledge and malicious intent can view your data while you both are connected to the network. There was even a time when any person with a Firefox add-on called “firesheep” could log into your Facebook account as long as you were on the same network. Even Starbucks and AT&T recommended using a VPN: “If you have a VPN, AT&T recommends that you connect through it for optimum security” (found in their Terms and Conditions).

If you are unable to afford the monthly cost of a VPN, there are many free Internet based proxies available for casual Internet browsing. You can even use programs such as TOR, which passes your Internet traffic through at least three different servers (normal internet proxies only pass through one) and allows anonymous browsing of the Internet. If anonymity is the objective, some VPN providers allow you to pay with gift cards or Bitcoins so no identifying information is given. VPNs have many uses, but most importantly they protect your data while using public networks. If you are worried about protecting your privacy while browsing the Internet, a VPN is one of the best tools you can use to do so.

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