Did you know that the Open Web is only 10% of the whole internet?
And…it turns out, the Dark Web isn’t just for criminals anymore.
When most people think of the Dark Web they typically associate it with criminal activities such as child pornography, drugs, and the sale of weapons.
While this isn’t necessarily incorrect, there’s a whole lot more to the Dark Web than you think.
As with anything technological, the Dark Web can be used for both good and evil, so it depends entirely on the individual’s intentions.
When used for the right reasons, the Dark Web can present some truly profitable opportunities for those looking to make some decent money.
Before we dive into the nitty-gritty, it’s important to understand exactly how the Dark Web works and what differentiates it from the regular, or Open web, that we’ve all grown so accustomed to using.
What Is The Dark Web?
If you think of the Titanic and what caused its shocking demise, you’ll know that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the tip of the iceberg.
Well, the same can be said for the internet!
If you use this analogy for the web, you can think of the Open Web as the tip and the Dark Web as the massive iceberg beneath the ocean. What is seen on the surface is barely comparable to what lies beneath, which is why it’s important to understand the Dark Web before fearing it.
Essentially, every regular internet user has what is known as an IP (Internet Protocol) address which can be traced directly back to them.
The purpose of this is to ensure that their information is sent and received successfully to multiple locations around the globe.
The caveat here, however, is the fact that every single Google search and online activity is constantly being tracked, meaning that whatever you do online can be traced directly back to you.
The Dark Web, however, does not present this problem.
Infamous for being a dangerous place, where drugs are bought and hitmen hired, the dark web has garnered a pretty bad reputation.
However, few people are aware that can be a safe way to browse the internet if your privacy is a serious concern.
Thanks to the Tor Browser, it’s easy to do.
You see most people use free software known as Tor (The Onion Router), which essentially allows you to do whatever you like online without anyone being able to trace your actions back to you. Think of this as an anonymous Google Chrome.
This is why the Dark Web is so popular for those dealing arms, drugs, and trafficking, as they’re far less likely to ever get caught.
So, essentially, the Dark Web is simply a way in which you can browse both the Open and Dark internet without being traced back to a specific IP address.
Not as sinister as you originally thought, right?
What Is The Deep Web?
Not to create any further confusion, but there’s another part of the iceberg that you should be aware of, and this is referred to as the Deep Web.
Unlike the Dark Web, the Deep Web is pretty boring in comparison. As long as you go the legal route (for example, paying subscription fees for an online course) then you will be able to gain access relatively easily.
The Deep Web is made up of extremely secure databases that can only be accessed via specific passwords and authorization on the Open Web.
Some prime examples of Deep Web sites are for bank employees, hotel bookings, and employee domains.
Only certain personnel can access these sites with very specific information.
Exactly How Dangerous Can The Dark Web Be and Is It Illegal?
Firstly, it’s important to understand that the Dark Web can certainly be a dangerous place when not used carefully.
It is extremely easy for hackers to steal your personal information, and you can also be exposed to some seriously disturbing content.
Secondly, the Dark Web gives you the ability to purchase credit card numbers, guns, drugs, and even counterfeit money.
Obviously, all of these activities are completely illegal and shouldn’t be done, but the Dark Web allows you to do this.
In fact, you can even pay people to attack other peoples’ accounts and steal the login credentials of massive corporations!
So, is the Dark Web ALL completely illegal?
Well, it’s actually not illegal at all to access the Dark Web via the software Tor.
In fact, government and military organizations actually fund the Dark Web in an effort to protect classified information and protect the safety of their agents.
This is also a protected space for journalists and people uncovering important information that could cost them their lives.
Who would have thought that the Dark Web protects freedom of speech, a basic human right?
At the end of the day, the Dark Web contains a lot of content that is not only dangerous but disturbing too.
If you go looking for things that are supposed to be kept hidden, you’re only going to fall into trouble.
In fact, you may even gain unwanted attention from the FBI!
So, what exactly should you be using the Dark Web for, if not to steal, hack, or disturb?
Legitimate Uses For The Dark Web
While the Dark Web has certainly gained a reputation for sinister activities, it’s not all bad!
In fact, the Dark Web has become increasingly popular in the business world.
Sadly, many of the good things that take place on the Dark Web are not publicized, which is why it’s important to understand that it’s not only negative.
One benefit of using the Dark Web is the fact that you aren’t constantly being tracked by Google and Facebook ads.
As most people can vouch for, it’s a common problem when pop-up ads for the lipstick or car that you Googled or thought about once is constantly on your feed.
That said, it certainly doesn’t seem unreasonable to want to keep your searches to yourself, especially when you know that tech giants such as Facebook, Instagram, and Google are monetizing massively off your inconvenience.
The Dark Web can also be useful for protecting companies from cyber threats and attacks, as it helps them to stay ahead of potential attacks and prevent them from occurring, and this also includes activities such as money laundering and phishing.
The Dark Web helps businesses to take note of when their company has been mentioned in a negative context online, and this can help them protect themselves from slander, as well as potentially leaked data they wouldn’t want others to know about.
Yet another way that Dark Web can benefit people is by a process known as Dark Analytics.
In a nutshell, companies can gain access to useful data that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to, and they can use this to their advantage for marketing and sales.
Companies can also use this information to improve customer service by gaining access to critical information that can help them improve their overall customer experience and earn more money.
How To Make Money On The Dark Web
The truth of the matter is that you are going to have to gain some basic knowledge and put in the work in order to make decent money on the Dark Web.
After all, nothing good in life comes easy or everyone would be doing it!
That said, you can make thousands of dollars every month on the Dark Web if you put in the hard work, so let’s get stuck in.
1. Develop Hacking Software For The Deep Web
If you are able to code then you probably already know how much money you can make. That said, developing hacking software for the Dark Web can be an incredibly lucrative endeavor if you know what you’re doing.
Most hackers work with Python programming and this will allow you to create Dark Web software that can be very useful for license fees or subscriptions.
While it’s true that coding does take time, you can make a lot of money if you market it correctly. That said, hiring a marketer to successfully sell your services is an excellent way to get the ball rolling.
Alternatively, you can incorporate affiliate services with your software on the Dark Web and hire bloggers to promote your product in return for money. There are so many options!
If you’re unsure of which software will be useful to others, then you can always research existing software that is successful and expand on it, which is what many coders are starting to do. As long as your software helps people and improves their online experience, you’re guaranteed to make money.
2. Theft On Demand
While this may sound crazy, this service actually exists on the Dark Web! Before I explain, it’s important to note that I do not condemn this means of money-making, but it can be done if you know the right people.
Theft on demand essentially means that you hire a very experienced hacker on the Dark Web to steal online goods for you. So, let’s say that you really want a new TV for $500 but you only have $250. You can pay a hacker $250 to steal this item for you and you’ve still scored!
You just need to make sure that the item you steal is worth more than the amount you pay the hacker, otherwise you’re wasting your time. That said, this kind of business does not come without some serious risks.
Most experienced hackers who do this type of thing will not (obviously) openly advertise their illegal services. So, you’ll need to know someone with inside information and this can be risky too.
Often Intelligence agencies operate undercover as ‘hackers’ in order to catch people out, and it’s virtually impossible to know if it’s them. That said, you’ll wan to tread very carefully if you follow this route!
3. Sports Betting
Sports betting is another way that you can earn some easy money online, but you’ve got to know what you’re doing (or at least know someone who does)!
Essentially, you can rig the system by placing a very small bet of approximately $50 and then hacking the system to change the bet to an amount as high as $800, meaning you’re winning big.
That said, you’ll want to be very careful about this. You certainly can’t win every time and you don’t want to arouse any suspicion. You can also lose quite a lot of money if you get things wrong, so keep that in mind too.
4. Trade Business Information
All successful businesses have their own set of trade secrets that they’re either willing to sell (or not)! In some cases, businesses refuse to put a price on their secrets to success. So, if you want to get your hands on their tricks of the trade, you’ll need to be clever about it.
In case you didn’t already guess, you can hire a hacker to steal this valuable data for you, at a price, of course. That said, your money is definitely well spent if you collect the right API’s that are in demand.
Some companies are willing to pay millions for important business data, so if you have the right intel you can really make some good money.
5. Sell Items As a Middle-Man
Another common way to make money on the Dark Web is by becoming a middle-man in the dealings. When trading on the Dark Web, you’ll be interacting with anonymous buyers and ensuring the deal goes smoothly.
You can develop a site that acts as this anonymous middle-man to ensure all transactions are made both successfully and anonymously so that nothing can be traced back to the seller or buyer.
Selling items on the Black Market is an incredibly lucrative trade, and the Dark Web is the prime place to do this.
6. Sell Your Identity
While this might seem insane, selling your identity is a viable way to make money online! If you’re already printing out your details, you may want to keep reading first. Certain individuals are happy to pay a generous once-off payment in return for your identity.
The reason they want your identity could be for a variety of reasons, but people searching for fake identities generally tend to be those involved in unscrupulous activities. So, you would need to be extremely careful who you sell your identity to, as they could conduct illegal activities under your name and you could end up in some serious trouble.
If you want to sell your identity then you’ll need to find a discreet way to advertise without getting caught by the wrong people.
7. Steal Information for Dollars
Now, this one is an old classic! You can steal people’s personal information such as their card details and pin in order to steal cold, hard cash. This can take place in many forms and it happens every day to unsuspecting companies.
For example, most people hire hackers to carry out these attacks on their behalf and then pay them a cut. They can shut down business websites, steal banking information, and more! This leaves the victim’s personal information and money vulnerable, and they have no way of finding out who hacked them either.
8. Change School Results
This is one of the oldest tricks in the book and is commonly carried out on the Dark Web! Many hopeful students (with the right bank balance) can hire hackers to break into their school software and alter their grades so that they get into that university.
Essentially, you would need to look for students that fit this profile and hire a hacker to do the change in grades. You would have to give a cut of it to the hacker (of course), but you would still make a pretty penny. Just make sure that you hire a hacker who knows what he’s doing, or you could end up in some serious legal trouble.
As you can see, there is far more to the Dark Web than meets the eye, and there’s a whole lot of opportunity if you have the know-how!
That said, knowing how to work your way around the Dark Web isn’t something that just anyone can do, you need the right skills and knowledge in order to be successful. So, how exactly can you get started?