The Dark Web might appear to have the star sex appeal and adrenaline rush of a nefarious Hollywood movie, but in reality, the Dark Web is a den of iniquity operated by the technically sophisticated.

You most likely do not belong here. However, if you have a need to track down stolen goods, manage reputational risk, are working in human trafficking, or are trying to communicate from North Korea with an escaped uncle in South Korea, you likely will find yourself turning to the Dark Web for information.

Here is a primer to explain what the Dark Web is, how it compares to the Surface Web and the Deep Web, and how to look at Dark Web material carefully (or perhaps even through the lens of something a little safer).