Oddly enough, yes, I think there are places you can find it. You might have to look a little bit to find them, but if you use the right source(s), there are some reasonable YouTube videos and sites that explore the dark web (whatever you want to call it).
This can be particularly helpful for those who are curious but don’t want to explore the dark web themselves.
I’ve mentioned this in a previous post, I believe, but there’s a Youtuber who goes by the name of SomeOrdinaryGamers (a.k.a. Mutahar), and he’s started a weekly series called Deep Web Exploration.
Yeah. This guy.
Anyway, the reason I personally like his “deep web” videos over some of the others is that they’re non-sensationalized, funny, and even informative. He seems to be the type of guy who knows what he’s talking about, and although he shows some deep web and dark web sites, it’s not done in an overdramatic or scary manner. (In fact, I find them hilarious – it’s his commentary that makes them worth watching.)
Occasionally, he does visit some of the more disturbing sites, but it’s YouTube, of course, so the more graphic material is blurred out.
Here are links to a few of the specific episodes:
Dark Web Stuff
Another great resource for general deep web and dark web information is the channel Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know, which has a series of videos basically explaining the deep web and dark web.
They don’t go into a lot of detail about specific sites, but if you’re brand new to the subject and want to learn more without visiting the dark web firsthand, this channel has some great videos. Currently, they feature three:
What makes them different from all the other deep web and dark web videos? Well again, they talk about it without over-sensationalizing it, and they still manage to make it funny and informative.
VICE also has a number of very good articles about the dark web (sometimes they refer to it as the “deep web,” but they use the terms interchangeably.)
I like their posts for the same reason I like the other two here – they’re funny and entertaining, but at the same time, they’re pretty accurate. Check out some of these articles for some sane, factual info on the dark web.
Some of these posts are older, but they’re still good:
Their articles may not be as scary as some of the so-called “deep web horror stories,” but to the best of my knowledge, they’re all true! In my book, that means they’re worth checking out.
Extra, Extra! Read All About It!
Two other excellent sources for information on the deep web and dark web are DeepDotWeb and Dark Web News. While their content overlaps to some degree, both provide basic guides to the dark web (such as how to set up Tor and TAILS), as well as current news related to the deep web and dark web.
DeepDotWeb has some of the best, easiest-to-read guides on accessing .onion sites, setting up live OS’s (such as TAILS), buying from darknet markets, and using PGP encryption.
Their articles are written in such a way that even a n00b can understand them (at least I think so). Take, for example, this guide: How To Buy Drugs Online From Darknet Markets?
It starts with a simple, step-by-step guide on installing the Tor browser, and then directs you to their list of darknet markets (which compares the different aspects of each). It then takes you through the process of setting up a profile, registering with LocalBitcoins.com, and explaining bitcoin tumbling (which I might also cover in a later post).
Dark Web News, while similar, is more news-oriented (although they, too, have guides to accessing the dark web and using darknet markets).
Here are a few samples of their work:
Dark Web News, too, writes in such a way that the average person can understand what they’re referring to, even if the subjects (PGP encryption, virtual box, etc.) sometimes veer over to the technical side.
In short, check them out too!
I Said It, You Reddit
Lastly, Reddit’s /r/DeepWeb is another good source for both information and links for the deep web and dark web (and knowing the difference between the two).
Now occasionally, if you ask a really n00b-ish question (e.g. “What’s the link for the deep web?”), people may mock you. Generally, though, they’re pretty helpful. If you’re looking for actual dark web links, try this subreddit: /r/onions
Finally, if it’s darknet markets you’re looking to learn about, try this subreddit: /r/darknetmarketsnoobs
I hope you feel smarter afterward!