How to Protect Your Privacy When Browsing the Dark Web Among the many benefits of the dark web is the ability to hide one's identity. With the proliferation of malware and ransomware attacks, it has become more common to find users' personal information leaked onto the internet. The best way to protect your privacy is to use a virtual private network (VPN). These services can be purchased or free. A VPN can ensure your data is secure and your browsing is anonymous.