In this guide i will explain how to download and set up tor. For this i am using linux but the steps should be basically exactly the same on windows. I strongly recommend that you use linux for all tor related things as its much more secure than windows so your far less likely to do anything that could harm your pc. The dark web is full of viruses and phishing sites. an unsecure windows pc is a hackers wet dream. Linux is secure by default without the need for any external security software and its free and open source. Ideally for top security and anonymity you should be using Tails OS but that’s for much more advanced/serious users. Depending on what you plan to do on the dark web tails isn’t strictly necessary but your security and privacy should always come first. You can read my guide for installing tails here. (add link)
What is tor?
Tor is free and open-source software for enabling anonymous communication by directing Internet traffic through a free, worldwide, volunteer overlay network consisting of more than seven thousand relays in order to conceal a user’s location and usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis – from Wikipedia
Due to advances in technologies such as cryptocurrency the dark web can enable markets to sell and buy almost anything online and anonymously. It’s because of this that law enforcement have an extremely aggressive campaign to shut down markets and attempt to prosecute people for selling or enabling the sale of illegal goods.
The dark web is not completely untraceable and if you have the right tools at you disposal (law enforcement) people can be caught and face charges but this requires enormous amounts of work and so this only ever really happens to large drug dealers or weapons dealers. The average fish buying something for personal consumption needn’t worry, if they follow the security steps outlined in this website. I know people who have made hundreds and hundreds of transactions on markets and nothing bad has happened.