The terms Dark Web and Deep Web are often mentioned in the tabloids in shocking contexts, creating a misconception about these terms. They don’t differentiate between the generally unreliable Dark Web and the much larger and generally much more benign Deep Web.
What is the Dark Web?
“Dark Web” is a term that refers to a specific collection of websites that exists on an encrypted network and cannot be found using traditional Internet browsers. Almost all sites on the so-called. They hide their identity in the “Dark Web” using an encryption tool – Tor browser. You may know about the Tor browser because of its ability to hide your activity and identity. You can use Tor to trick a trace of your location so that it looks like you are in another state, which is similar to using a VPN service. When a website is launched through Tor then it has a very similar effect, i.e. a trace of a physical location is deceived.
To visit a site on the Dark Web that uses Tor encryption, you must also use Tor. Just as a user’s IP address goes through several layers of encryption so that it looks like it’s another IP address on the Tor network, the same thing happens with such sites, in other words, the physical locations of both visitors and those behind it are deceived. sites on the Tor network.
Therefore, sites on the Dark Web can be visited by anyone, but it is extremely difficult to find out who is behind those sites. It can also be dangerous if you fail somewhere and your identity is revealed.
Not all sites on the Dark Web use Tor. Some use similar services like I2P, such as Silk Road Reloaded. But the principle remains the same. The visitor must use the same encryption tool as the site and – crucially – must know how to find the site in order to type it in the URL bar and visit. Notorious examples of sites on the Dark Web include Silk Road and its offshoots. Silk Road was (and perhaps still is) a website for buying and selling recreational drugs. But there are also legitimate ways to use the Dark Web. People living in closed, totalitarian societies can use the Dark Web to communicate with the outside world. Given recent discoveries that some governments like the US and the UK are sniffing out the use of the web, you may find it reasonable to switch your communications to the Dark Web.
The Dark Web hit the front page in August 2015 after it was reported that 10 GB of data had been stolen from Ashley Madison’s site – which was designed to allow spouses to cheat on their partners – and that site was transferred to the Dark Web. The hackers stole the data and threatened to post it publicly on the Internet if the site does not close, and he has now responded in accordance with his threat. Now users of the Asheley Madison site have started receiving messages in the form of blackmail demanding to pay $ 2,500 in bitcoins, otherwise their infidelity would be exposed. In March 2015, the British government launched a unit dedicated to cybercrime to investigate the Dark Web, with a special focus on exposing serious criminal circles and child pornography.
What is the Deep Web?
Although all of these terms are mostly used interchangeably, they do not imply exactly the same thing. There are nuances in the distinction. “Deep Web” refers to web pages that search engines cannot find. Therefore, the Deep Web includes the Dark Web, but also includes all user databases, webmail pages, web forums that require registration, and pages that require users to pay to subscribe to the site. There are a huge number of such sites and most exist for everyday reasons.
Most websites have “editing” versions that are blocked from indexing Internet browsers, so that the material can be checked before it is officially published. Therefore, for every page publicly available on a website (and there are literally several million of them), there is another one on the Deep Web. Every content management system on which texts are typed is on the Deep Web. It is, therefore, another page for every page published on the site. So, everything that is on the intranet, that requires a password and is hidden from the Internet browser is on the Deep Web.
Do you use an online bank account? Password-protected bits are on the Deep Web. If you consider how many pages only one Gmail account will create, you know the right size of the Deep Web. This scale is the reason why newspapers and media houses intimidate the public with stories about how “90 percent of the entire Internet” covers the Dark Web. They alternately use the terms of the generally unreliable Dark Web and the much larger and generally much more benign Deep Web. In this way, no distinction is made between the act of intentionally concealing things and the code when it is really necessary to keep the pages outside the domain of the Internet browser for security reasons or reasons related to the user experience.
What is the Dark Internet?
Confusingly, Dark Internet is also a term sometimes used to describe other networks, databases, or even websites that cannot be accessed through the Internet. In this case, it is done either for technical reasons, or because its properties contain certain information that very few people would like to access, or because, in some cases, the data is private.
The basic rule is that the phrase “Dark Web” or “Deep Web” is most often used in tabloid media to indicate the dangers of hidden online worlds, and, in fact, the Dark Internet is a boring place where scientists store their raw data for research. Deep Web is a comprehensive term for all Web pages that are not indexed for search, while others refer to some specific things.
How to access the Dark Web?
Technically, this is not a difficult process. All you need to do is install and use Tor. You can go to www.torproject.org and download the Tor Browser Bundle, which contains all the necessary tools. Run the downloaded file, select the extraction location, then open the folder and click Start Tor Browser. This is all. The Vidalia control panel will automatically adjust the network setting and, when Tor is ready, the browser will open; just close it to disconnect from the network. Depending on what you plan to use the Dark Web for, some users recommend putting duct tape over the camera on your laptop to avoid the possibility of stalking through the camera. The hard thing is to know where to look on the Dark Web. We will leave you there with your personal devices and wish you luck and safe surfing. And a warning before you continue. Once you enter the Dark Web, you will be able to access exactly those sites that the tabloids write about. This means that you may be just one click away from sites that sell drugs, weapons and – honestly – much worse stuff. Sites like Reddit offer a list of links, as do several Wiki sites including www.thehiddenwiki.org – a list that offers access to some very bad places.