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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Accessing the Darknet, The Big Short, Resources

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"Government cannot make man richer,
   but it can make him poorer."

-- Ludwig von Mises


   Over the weekend we cooked up a batch of venison with some friends and watched the movie, the Big Short, an interesting look at how main street got screwed by Wall Street during the crash of ’08-’09 after former President Clinton eliminated the protective Banking Act of 1933, which is also called the Glass–Steagall Act  which prevented Wall Street from acting  like a casino with our money and it demonstrated how government regulators are nothing more than Wall Street lackeys running through a revolving door of Wall Street finance jobs and government regulatory jobs…a sort of the ‘fox watching the henhouse’ scenario.


Is it any wonder the citizen, who always picks up the tab, always comes out on the losing end of the stick of what I call the Washington-Wall Street Cartel?  I urge you to watch this movie, indeed, I think every high school student should watch this.  Perhaps they will see why we need term limits and laws should be in place which prevent the turnstile of high end jobs between Wall Street and Washington…the same chicanery occurs with the insurance industry at state levels too.


Why Anonymity Matters


Why should you access the Darknet?

Getting familiar with the Darknet could, in the future, become crucial to maintaining your privacy online.

If the NSA (or FBI) does create endless backdoors in online security systems, as they seem dead set on doing, Black Hats hackers would storm the gates, ripping apart all the trust in the Surface online ecosystem.

The Dark Web -- where the Darknet resides -- could, in turn, become a place of engagement and commerce, where opportunities, productivity and smart money has fled from the draconian and incompetent.


How do I access the Darknet?

The most popular privacy network, which anyone can join, is called “The Onion Router” or, for short, TOR.

But don't worry. Using TOR is as simple as downloading a new web browser.

The way TOR works is simple: Instead of communicating directly with websites, as you do on the Surface Web, using TOR, you’re communicating indirectly through the entire network. Your connection is bounced around like a lightspeed pinball game.


All right, now that you’re “in the know,” let’s get down to the brass tacks. Getting in is simple.


First Step: Download TOR.

Now that you have a basic idea of what TOR is (everything you need to know, really), here’s the part where the rubber meets the road.

And it’s the easiest part: Download it.


Follow the simple directions on the website on how to use it, and you’ll be set up in no time. It can all happen in less than five minutes. And then you’re in.

Feel free to swim around a bit. (But not without understanding the four things you shouldn’t do on the Darknet. We’ll get to that in a moment below).

The first thing you’ll notice in the Darknet is that the URLs are a little different from what you’re used to in the Surface Web. 


For example, the anonymous search engine DuckDuckGo’s Darknet URL is: http://3g2upl4pq6kufc4m.onion/


Second Step: Add an extra layer of protection with a VPN.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a way to cloak your location online. It allows you to connect to the Internet through a remote server from anywhere in the world.

Here’s an example of how a VPN works…


It doesn’t phase Batzorig of Ulaanbaatar one bit when he realizes House of Cards only streams for free on Netflix in America. Batzorig simply fires up his VPN, which automatically transmits his connection through a server in San Jose.


He just travelled all the way across the Earth -- at the speed of light -- and virtually landed in California. Now, all of a sudden, House of Cards is on at Batzorig’s house and nobody can figure out how he did it.

VPNs are optional. But they’re a good idea. The NSA, according to a 2014 piece from Wired, have been tagging people who download and access TOR. Of course, they can’t see what you do once you’re in the wormhole. But, without a VPN they can see if you’ve dipped your head in.

 I use TunnelBear-Works anywhere


Four things to consider when you take the plunge into the unknown: First, turn off running scripts in the TOR browser when you open it. There’s a button next to the address bar, click that. Two, be careful what you click. Use each click wisely. If you don’t know where it goes, don’t go there. Three, don’t do anything that’s against the law. Not a good idea. And, finally, Four: Don’t download anything onto your computer. Not until you’re more comfortable with how to navigate the wormhole.

And, of course, the great disclaimer…


This missive is to be used for educational purposes only. You access the Darknet at your own risk and discretion. You are responsible for any consequences that may follow as a result.

Free Resources You Can Use

Ultimate Privacy Guide/161-page:Free


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Yours for better living,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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1 comment:

DAR said...

That was an excellent movie and you're right-no one was held accountable, least of all Clinton. Old Slick Willie and his wife seem to have skin of Teflon and I fear their kind will wind up in the oval office again and the system will be milked again...perhaps they'll sell a few more pardons to crooks again!