Which country is most interested in the dark web?

The dark web is a corner of the internet that many people know little about and may have even just heard of. However, this hidden part of the Internet gives users access to another part of the web. So, where in the world are people most interested in this hidden world of the web?

Using Google search volume data, we looked at the average monthly search volume for the keywords "dark web" and "how to access the dark web" to see which countries' populations are most interested in them. The world map below shows the average monthly search volume for each country in English.

For the cities most interested in the dark web, we selected the most populous cities in the UK and the US and used the Google Keyword Planner tool to see the average monthly search volume for dark web-related search terms. So, which cities topped the list?

Top 10 cities in the US searching for the dark web:

Top 10 cities in the UK searching for the dark web:

In order to access the dark web, people use a number of browsers to hide their information. Here are the most searched dark web browsers.

Illegal data is often sold on the dark web, including stolen password credentials and personal data. Therefore, it is important that you protect your personal data at all times when using the Internet. Here are our tips to stay safe online.

1. When making online payments, check that the website is secure. Secure websites start with "https", which means they have an SSL certificate. Before making a purchase, look for the padlock symbol in the search bar.

2. Make sure your virus software and computer patches are up to date. If you don't have enough antivirus software, your information could be hacked without you knowing it.

3. Use complex passwords. Keep your passwords varied, using a range of upper and lower case characters and including symbols. This makes your passwords stronger and less likely to be hacked.

4. Don't click on links or open attachments from people you don't trust, whether in email, text or on websites.

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