4 Facts You Need to Know about the Deep Web

Over the past few years rumors of the deep web have been circulating far and wide. While many of these rumors hold truth to them others are rife with falsehood. It’s not like people are making up rumors for fun, they’re often just misinformed about what the deep web really is.

To help clarify, here are 4 facts you need to know about the deep web.

1) You use the deep web every day 

Yes, that’s right you probably use the deep web every single day. Essentially the deep web is classified as data that can’t be indexed by search engines.

For example, let’s say you use expedia.com to book a flight from Dallas to Los Angeles. That information, which is locked behind a form you must fill out, can’t be indexed by a search engine. Thus, your booking information is stored on the deep web.

Let’s say you used Airbnb to book a room in Paris. Once again that data is locked behind a form thus making it impossible to be indexed. That information is also stored in the deep web. Online bank statements, Facebook logins, Amazon accounts — all of this datais stored on the deep web.

2) The deep web and the dark web aren’t the same thing

The terms “deep web” and “dark web” are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same thing. Not exactly anyways.

The deep web is essentially any webpage that can’t be indexed by a search engine. On the other hand, the dark web is a small classified portion of the deep web that can only be accessed through a special browser.

The anonymity of the dark web attracts many criminals who participate in all kinds of illegal activities that include: 

  • Selling drugs
  • Sex trafficking
  • Trading and selling child pornography
  • Providing assassins for hire
  • Selling access to stolen credit cards
  • Selling information obtained through identity theft 
  • Creating and distributing snuff videos
  • Much more

Many of the rumors revolving around the horrors of the deep web are often making reference to the dark web, but as stated earlier these two terms are used intercha ngeably.

3) It’s impossible to see every piece of content on the deep web 

It’s actually not possible to determine the exact number of web pages and pieces of content there is on the deep web at any given time. This is due to the anonymous nature of the dark web (the dark side of the deep web) which, by its very nature, may have many hidden sites that are simply too well hidden to find (unless you’re invited).

Furthermore, the deep web is always changing. With sites popping up and disappearing overnight there’s simply no way to keep track of every site at any given time.

4) You can get practically anything on the deep web 

If you’re in search of anything — from fake passports to drugs, to guns, to full-text books for your college classes — you can find it on the deep web (highly illegal items will likely be found on the dark web).

You just have to know where to look. However, if you’re set on finding something on the deep web you will find it. With that being said you are completely responsible for the consequences of your actions. If you decide to engage in any form of illegal activity, don’t be surprised if the policeeventually come knocking on your door.

Final thoughts

The deep web is a vast place. While many people turn to the deep/dark web to engage in various forms of illegal activities others use these outlets as ways to remain anonymous for the sake of privacy. For all intents and purposes if you have no reason to visit the deep web than your best bet is to just stick with the surface level content.

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