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The dark web: which country is the most intrigued? 

The dark web is a corner of the internet that many of us know little about or perhaps have even heard of. Yet, this hidden part of the internet enables users to access another world of the web. 

On the dark web, searches are anonymous and aren’t tracked in the same way that ‘normal’ internet browsers track our searches. With items such as personal data, passports and IDs often found on the dark web, it’s an area of the web that is rife with illegal activity and certainly not something that we’d advise you go looking for. So, where around the world is the most intrigued by this hidden web world? 

Using Google search volume data, we’ve looked at the average monthly searches for the terms ‘dark web’ and ‘how to access the dark web?’ to see which countries’ populations are the most interested in it.

The world map shows the average monthly searches in each country in English.

World map showing which countries search for dark web related terms the most

When it comes to taking a closer look at Europe, we’ve combined search terms in each country’s primary spoken language and the English search term. So, which country comes out on top? 

Top 20 countries in Europe searching for the dark web

To access the dark web, there are a number of browsers that people turn to to hide their details. Find out the most searched-for dark web browsers below. 

The most searched dark web browsers bubble chart

Illegal data is often sold on the dark web including hacked passwords and personal details. So it’s important that when using the internet that you protect your personal data at all times. Take a look at our tips below to stay safe online.

1. When making online payments, check the website is safe. Secure sites start with ‘https’ which means they have an SSL certificate. Look out for the padlock symbol in the search bar before you make a purchase.

2. Ensure your virus software is up-to-date. If you don’t have adequate antivirus software, your details could be hacked without you realising.

3. Don’t overshare. Keep your passwords varied, using a range of characters in upper and lowercase, and include symbols. This makes your password stronger and less likely to be hacked.

4. Don’t click on a link or open an attachment from anyone you don’t trust, whether that’s in an email, text, or on a website

5. Reduce the amount of personal information you share online. This could include your birthday, a pet’s name, or your address, as these details could be used for fraud.

For any browsing online it is important to ensure you have the best broadband provider for you. Check out our cheap broadband deals to ensure you have the fastest service at the cheapest price in your area. 

Methodology: 

We used Google’s Keyword Planner to establish the average monthly search volume in each country for the terms ‘dark web’ and ‘how to access the dark web’. See data notes on each graphic for terms that were pulled in English and each country’s most spoken language. Data was pulled in January 2020 and search volumes are a monthly average from the previous 12 months. All data is available on request.