What is Deep Web? How to Access the Dark Deep Web?
We live in the age of information where having a ’limitless’ amount of data at our fingertips is an everyday phenomenon. We got used to the notion that anything we could think of could be searched and found through Google. But did you know that you can only access 4% of the Internet through search engines?
That’s right, most of us only see 4 percent of the Internet and it already seems too much if you look at your browsing history. This means that you are only seeing the Internet through a keyhole.
The deep web is massive and it contains an endless amount of information, it is literally ’deep’. It is completely anonymous and you can only access it if you yourself are anonymous as well.
You might already be familiar with the notion of the Dark net, but there is a strong distinction between the Deep web and the Dark net.
It basically looks like this:
- Surface Web: The 4% of WWW content that can be found by search engines like Google and Bing. The government has it under constant surveillance.
- Deep Web: 96% of all the WWW content and it’s also known as the ’Invisible Web’. The content here cannot be indexed by search engines and it is very hard to track.
Let’s make this distinction clear first. The deep web is the massive portion of the Internet which isn’t indexed by search engines. Thus, the dark net is a part of the deep web which is intentionally hidden and is inaccessible by a standard web browser. The Dark Web refers to a collection of those websites that are visible to the public, but the IP addresses of the servers that they run on are hidden. It is very difficult to trace who is behind these sites. Almost every one of the sites has their identity hidden by using the Tor encryption tool. We will talk about Tor in another paragraph.
As you might have guessed or heard, the deep web is full of illegal activities and you are absolutely right on that assumption. There are a lot of messed up things that you are better off not knowing about and there is a lot bigger drug and gun traffic than there is anywhere else in the physical world.
But the deep web isn’t just a massive black market, more and more people tend to browse it and use Tor for everyday web browsing in order to keep their privacy. The deep web browser Tor’s number of downloads doubled as the general population was informed about US intelligence agencies monitoring most of the web traffic.
Browsing the deep Web is completely legal and more people are beginning to use it.
So How Do You Get Access to the Deep Web?
Like I said, you can’t just go and use Chrome or Firefox to load webpages on the deep web. The only way you can access them is if you use a deep web browser. The most famous deep web browser is Tor (The Onion Router). Tor is the web browser anyone would recommend to you if you want to go on to the deep web.
Tor or and all of the other deep web browsers protect your privacy too, by keeping you truly anonymous. Neither your location nor your browsing habits can be picked up.
When you have your deep web browser up and running, the scenario isn’t much different from what you’re used to. You just type in the deep web address, hit enter and you will be transported to the site. All websites on the deep web are registered to .onion domains and that means both the provider and the user will be anonymous and very difficult to track.
You can simply start browsing by downloading the Tor browser bundle (assuming you are running windows). You can download it from here. When it is installed and launched it will connect to the Tor network. From there on, you will be able to use a directory of various hidden services and start your deep web adventure.
You also have other options such as Freenet if you’re looking for an alternative solution.
Once you are browsing the deep web, you do that at your own responsibility. If you get scammed or get into some kind of trouble, your resources against the people you have dealt with is limited in a best case scenario.
What Can You Find on the Deep Web?
Well, a lot of dark and creepy things you are better off not seeing, but there are also normal websites as well. In the deep web, basically nothing can be tracked, so you’re free to do almost anything you want. It provides a great chance to express your freedom of speech too.
There are many infamous examples for deep web websites but we will only mention the Silk Road and its various offspring. We would like to spare this article of any disturbing content, so it’s best to stick to that. Also, the deep web has many websites that would send the FBI flying through your door if you don’t use proxy.
The Silk Road is a website which was built for the purpose to sell and buy recreational drugs. It is very similar to eBay or Amazon, where buyers and sellers interact and give each other feedback and ratings. Today it has outgrown itself to the point where you can buy almost anything you fancy that day.
Thanks to its feedback system, it is very successful and makes it easy for people to get their hands on what they want to. Although there are a lot of scammers on the deep web, this site has had about a 94% rate of success. It had about $1 billion worth of traffic before it got shut down. But it has risen again and did it a couple of times with different names.
The things you order can be either delivered standardly through DHL or through drop shipping. The second option, drop shipping means that your particular stash gets dropped and hidden somewhere outdoors, in ’nature’. After that you are sent the GPS location and a description of where exactly your package is. All this happens completely anonymously, just as the deep web itself.
What Legal Uses Are There?
We might have given some strange impressions about the deep web, but its use is completely legal and vary useful for many.
The term ’Deep Web’ refers to all of the websites that a search engine cannot index and find. The deep web also includes all the webmail pages, user databases, pay walls and registration-required web forums. There are a massive number of these kinds of webpages that exist for everyday reasons.
For example, many content management pages that webpages apply are on the deep web. A lot of companies have their work intentionally hidden from search engines and they also require a password. This makes a lot of sense if you look at the fact that you get to have your own private network that is hidden from public eye.
Edward Snowden the Whistleblower has relied on the Deep Web to collect a lot of the information that carried him into the worldwide controversy as he exposed the government’s surveillance programs.
Journalists all around the world are also using the deep web. They rely on it because it is much more secure to search for dangerous information there than the public Internet. The information they find there might also be much more valid and uncensored than what they find on the public web.
The Deep Web is used at a high rate by the military, the police and other government organizations too.
It would be impossible to explain every bit of the largest part of the Internet and what it is used for (well duh) so let’s leave it for another article.
Paying for Stuff on the Deep Web
Now, you should be very careful about where you spend your money on the deep web. If you look at the fact that the transactions happen completely anonymously with an untraceable payment method, you’ll realize that it’s very easy to scam somebody.
The currency on the deep web is bitcoin, which you might already know about. Bitcoin behaves just as any other monetary system and can be exchanged to Dollars or Euros any time.
Although few people would consider it the underground currency of the Internet, it offers a lot of benefits for everybody.
First off, there isn’t a central banking group which manages and loans out bitcoins. Bitcoins are created through computer processing, which is called bitcoin mining. Bitcoin mining basically requires heavy CPU usage to mine data.
There is no central authority issuing for bitcoin transactions, which is also great. This way you don’t have to wait 2-3 business days just for a bank transfer, it happens in a few short hours. What’s even more amazing is that there is no bank or agency playing the middle man and bitcoin transfers happen simply from person to person.
The simplest way you can get your hands on bitcoins is if you exchange money by using Mt Gox’s services or other websites.
What About the Criminals?
All of the anonymity the deep web offers has made heaven for criminals. It is hard to keep track of anything in this foggy place we call the deep web or you have to be highly skilled to do it.
But there are companies like the AT&T who work hard to review track and review the activity that is happening in this mist. They aim to bring light to every little corner of the Deep Web.
Law enforcement agencies also have cyber swats who are concerned about taking out illegal trafficking, piracy, leaks and they attempt to police this wild digital jungle.
As messy and dark the deep web might be, it is pretty sure to stay a part of the Internet lore for many years to come.
The UK government has already formed a dedicated cybercrime unit to tackle illegal activities on the Dark Web. This group fights against hackers and all the criminals they can find lurking around in the mist.
Today we have provided you with most of the info you need to be more educated about the deep web. You might find that some sites get taken down from time to time and that is because their dark nature. If you want yourself a good service, keep out of the dark!
Also, heed our warning: this article was written for educational purposes and as a guide to the deep web. It isn’t meant to encourage anyone to do any kind of immoral or illegal activity. So make sure to keep smart and cautious.
Thank you for reading through this article and we really hope that we eased your curiosity!