Why Do People Use The Deep Web?
The deep web is a term that is often misunderstood. It makes some people think about drug deals, assassins, and other illegal activities, being conducted in dark corners of cyberspace. But it actually refers to an incredibly large portion of the Internet, most of which is completely legal and legitimate. In this guide, we look at what the deep web really is, and how it's different from the dark web. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.
What is the Deep Web?
Anything on the Internet that isn't indexed by a search engine, like Google, is a part of the deep web. There are a lot of reasons why a certain page might be excluded from search results. For one thing, there's password-protected information, like a bank account or an email inbox. There's also some content that can't be accessed without a paid account, like an online newspaper.
The Deep Web vs The Dark Web
|Deep Web||Dark Web|
|Also known as||Invisible Web, Hidden Web||Dark Net|
|Can be accessed||From any browser||By using special software, like Tor|
|Size||Most of the content on the Internet||A tiny fragment of the deep web|
|Common uses||Email, online banking, subscription-only content||Bitcoin services, illegal markets, pirating media|
What is the Dark Web?
Most people on the Internet use the deep web, whether they know it or not. Any time you check your email or log into your savings account, you're accessing a part of the Internet that isn't available to the general public. So next time you hear the term "deep web," remember that the concept isn't scary or illegal. In fact, it's the vast majority of the online world.
The deep web sounds like some scary corner of the internet filled with suspicious and unsavory content. But it's actually much larger than you think. It's just under the surface of all the sites you visit. In fact, you probably use it every day.
The term "deep web" is often used to describe illegal and nefarious activity on the internet. Many people think that it is only used by hackers and criminals. But the term actually refers to everything online that's not indexed by search engines. It makes up approximately 95 percent of the content on the internet. Anything that requires a password to access is part of the deep web, like your email, online bank accounts, and Amazon purchases. This also includes pages that are protected by paywalls, like news stories on certain websites.
Government databases also make up a large portion of the deep web. Court records, medical data, and other sensitive or classified information are all included. NASA, the SEC, and many other government agencies store data on their own private intranets. These networks are only accessible to people who are part of that organization.
Government databases also make up a large portion of the deep web.
The deep, or "invisible," web also includes pages that are simply not registered with search engines, or are not linked to by any other sites on the internet. If a site is not optimized to be found by Google, it can be considered part of the deep web because it will never appear in search results. Internet archives, like the Wayback Machine, are also deep web content. They show snapshots of what websites looked like in the past, including pages that are no longer accessible, meaning that they are not indexed by search engines.
A common analogy is that the internet is like an iceberg. The tip is the surface web, which includes news sites, social media, and anything else that appears in search results. Below that is the deep web, and even further down is the dark web. These two are often confused, but there is little comparison between them. The dark web is home to a lot of illicit products and content. The most well known example is the Silk Road, which was an online marketplace that sold illegal drugs, fireworks, and forged documents. The site was taken down by the FBI in October of 2013. It was quickly replaced by a second version, which was also shut down within a year of its existence.
One of the most common ways of accessing the dark web is through the Tor network, which is based around the concept of "onion routing." It was originally developed in the mid-nineties by the US Naval Research Laboratory. The system was created to allow users to surf the internet and send messages anonymously. It works by bouncing web traffic through a series of servers, or relays. At each relay, the IP address is changed to prevent users' locations and identities from being tracked.
The system was created to allow users to surf the internet and send messages anonymously.
Tor has a reputation for only being used by people who have something to hide, but that is not the case. There are many reasons why you may want to keep your IP address private. It can reveal a lot of information about you, such as your name, location, and browsing habits. This data can then be analyzed by companies to serve targeted advertisements to you. Tor is commonly used by journalists writing about controversial subjects, political activists, and many others who care about their online privacy.
Content on the dark web is intentionally hidden and is not accessible through everyday web browsers like Chrome and Firefox. These sites must be visited using the Tor browser or another similar program. Pages are often password protected and require you to create an account to view them due to containing sensitive or illegal information, or to protect the creator's anonymity.
In short, the deep web is much larger and more complex than most people realize. It makes up the majority of the content online, and is mostly used for legitimate purposes. The dark web is only a small corner of this invisible portion of the internet. The information you can find by searching for something on Google is only scratching the surface of everything that's out there.