What Is The Deep Web?
The Deep Web has been gaining more and more attention from the news media, international authorities, and even regular people talking on internet forums. Rumors swirl about the Deep Web every day and run the gamut from the graphic to the downright scary. Most often you hear the Deep Web as the place to get black market drugs, illegal pornography and more. While there may be some truth to such claims, we’re here to debunk the myths. So, what exactly is the Deep Web? What is it really all about? We have the answers for you.
The Deep Web is the part of the internet that you can’t access through normal means. Websites on the Deep Web are not cataloged and indexed in search engines such as Google. Conventional websites, such as ours, appear on what is called the Surface Web. Chances are you’ll never encounter the Deep Web at all. In order to access the Deep Web, you may need special programs such as Tor, the exact URL of the site that you want to access, or even both.
Now, let’s get some misconceptions about the Deep Web fixed.
- Myth – the Deep Web is smaller than the surface web. Most people assume that the Deep Web is this random small corner of the internet that no one really knows about or goes on, but that’s far from the truth. Since all information cannot be caught and indexed by search engines, the Deep Web is suspected to be several orders of magnitude larger than the surface web that you use every day. This most often consists of databases and academic journals that aren’t picked up by Google.
- Everyone who accesses the Deep Web is a criminal. If this was the case, then there would be a lot of people behind bars. Truth be told, most of the Deep Web is innocuous content that has slipped through the cracks of search engine crawlers. However, it is true that the Deep Web has a lot of criminal appeal via a nefarious subsection known as the Dark Web which acts as a digital black market for those willing to go out of their way to find and use it. After all, the biggest strength of the Deep Web, and by extension the Dark Web, is it’s anonymity. Since it’s not indexed like normal websites, it’s virtually impossible to find anything on it.
- You need special software to access the Deep Web. While it is true that using software like Tor and Darknet are the most common ways to get onto the Deep Web, it is by far not the only way to access the Deep Web. You may also get on through access to a private web network, or by just typing in a URL that hasn’t been linked to other sites. Common sites on the Deep Web are simply more difficult to find or access without knowing the correct URL. Because of this, they are virtually invisible to the average user.
- The Deep Web is mostly an American phenomenon. Though it is true that Americans do use the Deep Web in droves, the truth is that US citizens are far from the only ones using the Deep Web. In fact, many people from war-torn countries that don’t have as much freedom of speech often use the Deep Web in order to organize with other political dissidents. Like everything else tech related, the Deep Web is a global phenomenon.
- The Deep Web is the same thing as the Dark Internet or Darknet. Not true! Darknet is an anonymous file sharing service, so while it is considered part of the Deep Web, it is just a small portion of the Deep Web as a whole. Dark Internet is a term used for computers that cannot be accessed by the net at all. For example, computers that have never had internet access cannot be indexed by the web. Although all these terms are similar, they should not be confused since they are very different beasts!
When it comes to the Deep Web, you need to take the rumors that you hear with a grain of salt. Not all of them are true, and many of them are made up in order to scare other people. More often than not, the Deep Web will have no effect on you or your business, especially if you’re not doing much of anything on it. After all, it’s mostly just an innocuous part of the larger Internet as a whole. Stick to websites you know and trust and you should be fine. In the end, the Deep Web is nothing to fear.