Understand what Deep Web is and how it works, the part of the Internet that can not be found on Google.
Deep Web is an area of the Internet that is “hidden” and has little regulation.
Deep Web cannot be accessed through search engines such as Google or Bing and cannot be accessed by typing an address in a typical browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, etc.). Precisely because of the difficulty of access, it is used to share illegal content, such as selling drugs, pedophilia, and violence.
Deep Web is something much bigger and not necessarily bad. This area of the Internet also includes private parts of different portals, such as the contents of your email inbox or a private Facebook profile.
Understand what the deep Internet is and why it is often used both for good or evil.
What is the Deep Web?
Deep Web is made up of thousands of pages, blogs, videos, forums, and databases designed to be hidden from the public.
This is the most straightforward and most comprehensive definition of Deep Web: the idea of Internet content that is set to private.
Another essential point to define the Internet deep is the anonymity since in some cases, it is not possible to know the IP of a user.
Deep Web is not necessarily bad. This space helps protect the confidentiality of millions of people from this “security” agreement.
However, the privacy guaranteed to creators of content and who accesses it attracts criminals and encourages the action of forums and communities, which results in the propagation of offensive content or that help the practice of crime.
In general, spaces like this in Deep Web are associated with Dark Web.
What is the difference between the Deep Web and Dark Web?
Deep Web and Dark Web are different concepts, although it is common to find them naturally associated and sometimes treated as synonyms.
While Deep Web is just an unreachable area of the Internet from search engines, Dark Web consists of pages, forums, and communities that hide its content – that is, these sites can not be accessed by conventional means.
In general, this is done through the use of Internet protocols other than conventional HTTP: many pages choose “.onion” addresses and are accessible only by the Tor browser, for example.
When connecting to the Internet using Tor, user activity is sent through that network with the intention of making it anonymous.
All this opens space for the creation of channels and information exchange communities much more anonymous and difficult to be monitored by the authorities, which makes Dark Web a “lawless land” on the Internet.
These spaces then become attractive to political activists and hacktivists, journalists under censorship or police investigations. However, criminals of all kinds can also take advantage of these tools to commit crimes, disseminate pirated material, sell leaked data or spread false content, hate speech, racist, homophobic and misogynist.
Other sites of the type are called “chans”: online forums where people post messages anonymously. Among the most famous portals are the 8chan and Endchan communities.
How to navigate the Deep Web?
The basic premise of accessing hidden content from Internet searchers is prior knowledge of the addresses. As the forum or site does not appear in the search, you need to know the URL beforehand so that you can access it in Deep Web.
In the case of Dark Web, the process is more difficult, since the pages in this area often use a protocol different from regular browsers. So you need to know how to install and configure browsers such as Tor to access the hidden parts of the Internet.
It is worth remembering that the precautions when accessing the Deep Web should be even higher than when using the conventional Internet.
The network might be used to spread viruses, which may be hidden in seemingly innocent links, and data theft.
Because it is not censored, it contains content that can be “too heavy” for children, adolescents and even adults who are not accustomed to dealing with such material.