Everything You Need to Know About Dark Web & Deep Web

The Deep Web is hitting the headlines last year after it has been reported that 10GB of data stolen from Ashley Madison, a site designed to enable bored spouses cheat on their partners, was dumped on to the Deep Web. Hackers stole the data last month and threatened to upload it to the web if the site did not close down. It has now acted on that threat. Here we look at how the Dark Web and Deep Web differ, and how you can turn out the internet light.

What is the Dark Web?  

The Dark Web is a term that refers specifically to a collection of websites that are publicly visible, but hide the IP addresses of the servers that run them. Thus they can be visited by any web user, but it is very difficult to work out who is behind the sites. And you cannot find these sites using search engines.

Almost all sites on the so-called Dark Web hide their identity using the Tor encryption tool. You may know Tor for its end-user-hiding properties. You can use Tor to hide your identity, and spoof your location. When a website is run through Tor it has much the same effect.

Not all Dark Web sites use Tor. Some use similar services such as I2P - indeed the all new Silk Road Reloaded uses this service. But the principle remains the same. The visitor has to use the same encryption tool as the site and crucially.

Dark Web Or Deepnet Or Invisible Web Or Undernet Or Hidden Web?

Deep Web also known as “Deepnet,” the “Invisible Web,” the “Undernet” or the “hidden Web” are parts of the Internet that are not considered part of the “surface web” or the portion of the World Wide Web that is indexed by conventional search engines. Many deep web sites are not indexed because they use dynamic databases that are devoid of hyperlinks and can only be found by performing an internal search query.

Deep web is a large amount of information in on the internet that is not indexed by the search engines. It is thousands of times larger than the SURFACE WEB or the internet the internet that we use daily. It is impossible to measure the size of the deep web because the majority of the information is hidden or locked inside databases. It would come onto the surface only when the information is dynamically retrieved back and can be accessible by standard search engines.

What Is the 'Dark Internet'?

Dark Internet is also a term sometimes used to describe further examples of networks, databases or even websites that cannot be reached over the internet. In this case either for technical reasons, or because the properties contain niche information that few people will want, or in some cases because the data is private.

A basic rule of thumb is that the phrases 'Dark Web' or 'Deep Web' are typically used by tabloid newspapers to refer to dangerous secret online worlds, the 'Dark Internet' is a boring place where scientists store raw data for research. The Deep Web is a catch-all term for all web pages that are not indexed for search, the others refer to specific things.

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