r/NoStupidQuestions Jan 20 '22

If internet privacy is such a big issue, how come the dark web hasn't become more mainstream? Unanswered

Admittedly, I have very little knowledge about the backend of the dark web but my understanding is that it's big benefit is that it provides anonymity for its users.

If the average citizen is so concerned about privacy, how come there aren't hoards of developers building out TOR browsing so that it functions similarly to the regular web with the exception of maintaining your privacy?

Edit: got my terminology confused and mixed up "Dark Web" with "TOR browsing."

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u/BeneficentWanderer I am the walrus. Jan 20 '22

The problem is a lack of education surrounding the basics of cyber security, online privacy, and simply using personal computers.

TOR is great, but hell even just Firefox combined with a VPN and some browser extensions like HTTPSEverywhere, NoJS, and ones to disable tracking cookies, can give you a huge level of privacy and security.

The average user doesn’t know that any of these exist or why they’re important, let alone how to properly configure and use them.

There’s also many people who simply don’t care about their online privacy.