I want to explore the darknet. What should I know first? Is there any way that I could get in trouble with law enforcement agencies or other parties? If so, how can I avoid them?
Disclaimer: Your curiosity may land you into trouble. Know what you are doing, and always remember there is always someone watching even with infinite layers of security and anonymity. In the worst case be ready to have a date with law enforcement agencies. You have been warned.The Dark Net is classified as a small portion of the Deep Web that has been intentionally hidden and is inaccessible through standard web browsers. In the Dark Net, users really do intentionally bury data. Often, these parts of the Web are accessible only if you use special browser software that helps to peel away the onion-like layers of the Dark Web. In simple terms, it is a term given to collectively describe sites which are not directly reachable from the public network, but only through an intermediary or a proxy.How do you access it ?In order to access the Deep Web or Dark Net, you need to use a dedicated browser. TOR(The Onion Router) is the most commonly used, but other options such as I2P and Freenet offer an alternative solution. Start at https://www.torproject.org/ and download the Tor browser to start. Ideally, on a computer that you plan to use, completely erase your history when you are done.Due to anonymity that TOR has to offer, the Dark Net has also become a popular nesting ground for criminal activity, including and not limited toHit-men for hireSnuff filmsWeapons TradingDrug traffickingChild pornographyHuman experimentation filesSo is it legal to access it ?Its perfectly legal to access it Dark Web or Dark Net. TOR can be used same as you would use any other Internet Browser. Many people are now beginning to use TOR as a way of maintaining their privacy online. In fact it is widely used by Military, Police, Journalists, and Whistleblowers (Edward Snowden, Julian Assange)How to ensure maximum PrivacyI will assume you are using TOR browser, it is built over Firefox and available free. It attempts to use HTTPs for virtually everything. It by default disables certain plugins that can leak your ip address.Use a trusted VPN connection in conjunction with TOR to create an encrypted tunnel at every point of connection.Avoid sending your personal info, credit card details over TOR, and use PGP email signature with at least 1024bits of encryption.Don’t use direct downloads, it makes you vulnerable as you are giving away your precious IP. Same goes with bit torrent, in some cases Bit Torrent protocols broadcasts your IP address.If possible, use some linux Live CDs to do all your fun. I would recommend TailsOS.Possible RepercussionsAs you can probably tell, there's a lot of bad things on the dark web, and there's a lot of illegal activity going on there. There may be wealth of information out there, but you should be careful about what you look for. Just like Alice, the deeper you go, the more trouble you could find yourself in.We have stories, where people got the their computer webcam and mic hacked, without they knowing it. As a person I would not suggest a newbie to visit Deep Net, even his curious it may seem. There are many disturbing things on there, and you don't want to wind up getting into illegal activity or at least suspected of it. There is a lot to the deep web that hasn't even been discovered, and you'll never know what you'll wind up looking into.
How are you protecting yourself from identity theft?
Identity theft is a very serious offense that can ruin your finances and credit scores. The effects of identity theft are so devastating that it is difficult to compensate for the loss.Here are some steps that help you prevent identity theft:Create strong passwords – Create strong passwords using random combinations of letters, numbers, symbols or special characters. Make sure you create different passwords for different accounts. If needed, you can change them also from time to time.Shred your sensitive documents – Never toss your sensitive information like your bank details or receipts in the trash. Always dispose it properly using a cross-cut shredder or shredding service.Always check and monitor your credit reports – Ensure that your check your credit reports occasionally. You can request one free credit report every four months and review it to scan for any incorrect information.Protect your Social Security number – Do not share your personal login credentials with any one at any cost. Never keep your social security numbers in purse or wallets.Be cautious when using social media – Be smart when updating your personal information like your birthdays, addresses or contact details. Make sure you strengthen your privacy settings. Also, be careful when accepting friend requests or connectionsKeep your phones safe – Make sure you secure your phone by keeping screen locks or put passwords, disable Bluetooth when not using it and be careful while downloading any free software version.Learn how to detect phishing frauds – Do not open any unsolicited email attachments, embedded links, SMS or answer any phone call asking to reveal your personal information.Review and monitor your financial statements – If you find any suspicious activity in your bank or credit card accounts, report it to your respective bank immediately.Secure your mails – Swipe off unknown mails to prevent identity theft. Using a locked mailbox or P.O. Box is a good idea
Why don't schools teach children about taxes and bills and things that they will definitely need to know as adults to get by in life?
Departments of education and school districts always have to make decisions about what to include in their curriculum. There are a lot of life skills that people need that aren't taught in school. The question is should those skills be taught in schools?I teach high school, so I'll talk about that. The typical high school curriculum is supposed to give students a broad-based education that prepares them to be citizens in a democracy and to be able to think critically. For a democracy to work, we need educated, discerning citizens with the ability to make good decisions based on evidence and objective thought. In theory, people who are well informed about history, culture, science, mathematics, etc., and are capable of critical, unbiased thinking, will have the tools to participate in a democracy and make good decisions for themselves and for society at large. In addition to that, they should be learning how to be learners, how to do effective, basic research, and collaborate with other people. If that happens, figuring out how to do procedural tasks in real life should not provide much of a challenge. We can't possibly teach every necessary life skill people need, but we can help students become better at knowing how to acquire the skills they need. Should we teach them how to change a tire when they can easily consult a book or search the internet to find step by step instructions for that? Should we teach them how to balance a check book or teach them how to think mathematically and make sense of problems so that the simple task of balancing a check book (which requires simple arithmetic and the ability to enter numbers and words in columns and rows in obvious ways) is easy for them to figure out. If we teach them to be good at critical thinking and have some problem solving skills they will be able to apply those overarching skills to all sorts of every day tasks that shouldn't be difficult for someone with decent cognitive ability to figure out. It's analogous to asking why a culinary school didn't teach its students the steps and ingredients to a specific recipe. The school taught them about more general food preparation and food science skills so that they can figure out how to make a lot of specific recipes without much trouble. They're also able to create their own recipes.So, do we want citizens with very specific skill sets that they need to get through day to day life or do we want citizens with critical thinking, problem solving, and other overarching cognitive skills that will allow them to easily acquire ANY simple, procedural skill they may come to need at any point in their lives?
How important is identity theft protection?
To protect your identity is one of the single most important things that can done.You represent you and only you have the authority and legal weight to do anything with it. In today’s digitally information centric world, you might not be physically located everywhere. However your identity holds a value almost in equivalence to the physical one and is digitally present everywhere. Used in conducting monetary transactions, day to day identification requirements and so many other use cases.Having your identity compromised, through it’s theft, manipulation, or any other sort of manner can land you in deep financial and legal trouble. Your entire digital presence can be compromised from your health records/insurance. Private Information, Financial and Credit information etc. All this can be used to either make expenses or gain intel on the COST of your identity and for you to be put under blame.Some other factors that do not get coverage are the serve reputational losses incurred with identity theft. Reputational loss though subjective hold enough value to cripple a person/legal entity(Business) into final repercussions.Over here, identity theft protection is as important and directly proportional to personal judgement and ones analysis of value. Not everything can be quantified and put in accordance to financial/wealth judgement associated with a person. Anybody using even your name is a crime, Why? for the respect of the individuality of a person and the one right everyone is born with to safeguard.If you are a business, ensure you have proper in house or partnered solutions for identity management and protection. As an individual, guard your activities and be aware of what information you put up and where.
What are good ways to protect yourself from identity theft?
Hi! There are many ways to prevent identity theft prevention. Of course, the first and foremost way would be to safeguard your private information like social security numbers, credit/debit card information, bank account details, etc. Sharing them via social media or e-mails is highly dubious as well as prone to theft. Try to share these kinds of details on call or in person.Another thing that is taking over the identity theft prevention milieu is performing KYC on a person before you begin dealing with them. There are many e-KYC softwares available today. The hottest one on the market now-a-days is Shufti Pro (Quick & Secure Digital Verification in Real Time - Shufti Pro).Shufti Pro performs quick, real-time digital identity verification for you and checks the authenticity of your customer and their legal documents. If they are not a fraud, then you can continue to perform business with them. Shufti Pro is cost and time effective and 99% accurate. I’m sure that you won’t be disappointed if you choose Shufti Pro! Do check out their link for more information. :)(Disclaimer: I'm an employee at Shufti Pro and hence, closely familiar with its workings. I highly recommend the app, not because of my affiliation with it, but because of its accuracy, efficiency and prowess.)