- There is a difference between the Dark Web and the Deep Web.
- The Deep web is where the encrypted and protected data, like archives and banking information, is stored.
- The Dark web is a subset of the Deep web. Among other things, it’s where criminals communicate and trade with each other. It can be accessed by TOR.
There is no denying that the internet is a wonderful invention. The fact that it enables us to communicate with people across the world at a moment’s notice is astonishing…even if we do take it for granted in today’s world. What’s more, it even allows us to instantly tap into a near-endless source of knowledge.
It’s a pretty big place, the internet – it has to be to accommodate so much information. The thing is, though, that it’s even larger than most of us think. We all happily browse our favorite sites via Chrome, Opera, Mozilla, UCBrowser and the like, but we remain ignorant of what else is out there. The truth is, these everyday browsers don’t really let us see the entirety of the internet.
What we see when we hop on the Net every day is only a fraction of what’s truly out there. The part that we “inhabit” is what people call the surface web, but the rest of the internet is 500 times larger than that!
This is what we call The Deep Web.
The deep web is a frontier whose size is difficult to comprehend. There are plenty of sites out there on the deep web, and you’re free to visit them. You’ll just need the right tool for the job. According to Dataprot, Tor is one of the best options out there for browsing the deep web.
So what really goes on in the realm of the deep web?
A Little Danger and a Lot of Data
A very large chunk of the deep web is little more than protected and encrypted data. This includes things like usernames and passwords, banking information, transactional information, and so on. There’s not much you can do here that resembles our regular activities on the surface web: social media, streaming services, blogging, shopping, and the like.
However, you can find websites that offer this as well. This section is what we refer to as the dark web.
The dark web has quite a scary reputation (and its ominous name hardly makes it more appealing). The vast majority of those who have heard of it associates it with a whole range of nasty crimes, from theft and purchasing illegal items all the way to hiring hitmen and kidnapping.
There is plenty of such shady goings-on on the dark web. But it’s a misconception hosting illegal activities is its only purpose. In reality, much of the dark web deals in perfectly legal activities, from blogs to content creators. There is even a dark web version of Facebook, called BlackBook, that functions more or less the same way. They’re also used to be a massive market website called Dream Market, though it shut down in April 2019.
If you’ve ever wondered what exactly you can find on the Dark web, this Symantec report has some very interesting information about the underground economy. For example, you can find retail and restaurant gift cards for 15% of their face value. Credit card information, social security numbers, passports are all up for sale, all harvested from unsuspecting internet users in data breaches and scams. Symantec even claims you could purchase 100,00 on your social media video for just $200-$250.
Despite its hosting many websites that pose no danger to you, the dark web nevertheless warrants caution on your part when visiting it. It still houses bad actors that can get a hold of your private information. This is why finding the right browser to hide your IP is so important here.
TOR is the Darknet browser of choice for many people. It can be used to access the Deep web safely, as it encrypts data being relayed through it. To learn more about TOR, what it can do and how it works, check out the infographic below.