1. Use a secure operating system. The most secure operating system for accessing the dark web is a tailored version of Linux, like Tails or Whonix.

2. Avoid illegal activities. Don’t buy, sell, or view anything illegal.

3. Use Tor or I2P. Tor and I2P are the most reliable anonymization networks. However, they must be used in combination with a secure operating system.

4. Use a VPN. A virtual private network (VPN) can hide your real IP address and make it more difficult for someone to track your activity.

5. Don’t click on unfamiliar links. Phishing attacks are common on the dark web, so it’s important to be careful when clicking on any links.

6. Use strong passwords. You should use strong and unique passwords for any accounts you register on the dark web.

7. Secure your devices. Ensure that your computer and other devices are secure with the latest updates and anti-virus software.

8. Avoid public Wi-Fi networks and never use them when accessing the dark web. Public Wi-Fi networks can be easily intercepted and are generally considered insecure.

9. Don’t skip two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication is an important layer of security for your online accounts. Whenever possible, opt-in for two-factor authentication to keep your accounts secure.