Deep Web. The dark, mysterious and nefarious part of the internet.. or is it really?
So, WTF is the Deep Web?
Also known as the hidden web, invisible net or Deep Net.
To put it simply, the Deep Web cannot be searched and it’s not indexed by any traditional search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.
The Deep Web isn’t exactly a mysterious place like most people depict. Any site that a search engine can’t find and not available for the general public to access is the deep web. It’s in front of you, but you just don’t realize it. Your company login, your online banking service or even a closed group on Facebook, that’s all part of the deep web.
But the Deep Web is not the dark web. Eh ano naman yang Dark Web na yan?
The Dark Web or Dark Net is intentionally hidden and accessible only through a specialized routing protocol called TOR.
Some people synonymously describe the Deep Web as the Dark web but the Dark web is just part of the Deep Web.
To download Tor, go to Tor Project: Anonymity Online and click Download. Run the file and that’s it! Pretty easy huh? This is how it looks like when it’s launched:
Once you’re inside, bookmark this page.
The Hidden Wiki is basically your starting point and it links to marketplaces, discussion boards, search engines, financial services, and many other websites in the dark web.
If you want to stay hidden and virtually interact without fear of the law or other punishment, this is your haven. Journalists, activists, people oppressed by their religion or government and whistleblowers like Ed Snowden use Tor.
Here are some interesting sites found in the Tor Network
Hackers For Hire
How do people transact?
People use Bitcoin to purchase stuff in the Dark Web. It’s an encrypted digital currency and no one can trace a purchase, illegal or otherwise.
If illegal things are happening in the Dark Web, why can’t the government just close it?
Ironically, Tor was developed and financed by the US Government. Their purpose was to create a security technology where intelligence operatives can exchange information anonymously, tip off people, buy things – you know, usual government stuff.
It took a long time for them to develop this system and it was supposed to be confidential and clandestine. As part of their strategy for secrecy, guess what they did? They launched it to the public! It makes sense cause it’s easier to hide in plain crowd, right?
Awful stuff exists in the Dark Web just like anywhere else. It is the black market of the Internet where people can anonymously transact and buy illegal things. You’ll encounter links to CP (child porn), arms and drug trading, counterfeiting, etc.
No worries though because it’s completely legal to access it.
Here are just some tips I have before you begin your journey.
- Don’t click mindlessly on links, use common sense
- Don’t use your personal email and DO NOT give your personal info to anyone
- Avoid Torrenting, don’t download stuff
- Don’t use Google in the Dark Web. There’s Startpage and DuckDuckGo for your searching needs