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The dark web is the underground network of anonymous websites viewable only using a Tor browser. With its help, users can surf the web in private and remain anonymous, which has both legitimate and nefarious uses. Some people use it to circumvent government censorship, but it has also been used for very questionable purposes.
Millions of web sites, databases, and servers are online throughout the clock, making up the Internet. The part of the Internet that is “visible,” or accessible through popular search engines like Google and Yahoo, is only the beginning.
If you’re going to venture off the beaten route on the Internet, it’s helpful to have a basic understanding of the various words that pertain to the invisible Web.
The Open Web, or Surface Web
The open web, or surface web, is the “visible” surface layer. Assuming that the entire Internet resembles an iceberg, the open web would be the visible part above the surface. From a statistical sense, this aggregate of websites and data makes up under 5% of the overall internet.
All commonly public-facing websites viewed by standard browsers like Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox are contained here. Registry operators like “.com” and “.org” are commonly used to designate websites, making them search engine friendly and simple to locate.
Search engines are able to index the web via visible links (a process called “crawling” because the search engine travels the web like a spider), making it feasible to locate websites on the surface web.
Internet’s Underworld (Deep Web)
The deep web resides below the surface and accounts for around 90% of all webpages. An iceberg’s submerged portion is substantially greater than its visible web. This shadowy network contains so many sites and pages that counting them would be an impossible task.
To continue the metaphor, major search engines are like fishing boats that can only “catch” webpages that are relatively close to the water’s surface. Everything else is off-limits, including scholarly papers, private databases, and more illegal material. The area of the Internet that we refer to as the dark web is also part of this deeper network.
Although “deep web” and “black web” are sometimes used interchangeably by the media, the vast majority of the “deep web” is actually completely legitimate and secure. The following are some of the largest regions of the dark web:
There are two types of databases, public and private, and both types contain collections of files that can only be accessed by doing a search within the database itself.
Intranets are private networks used for internal communication and management within businesses, governments, and educational institutions.
Breaking down the construction of the dark web reveals a few key layers that make it an anonymous haven:
- No webpage indexing by surface web search engines. Google and other popular search tools cannot discover or display results for pages within the dark web.
- “Virtual traffic tunnels” via a randomized network infrastructure.
- Inaccessible by traditional browsers due to its unique registry operator. Also, it’s further hidden by various network security measures like firewalls and encryption.
Finding Your Way Around the Deep Web
Historically, only hackers, law enforcement, and cybercriminals had access to the dark web. However, with the advent of cryptography and anonymizing browser software like Tor, it is now possible for anyone with a curiosity to go deep into the shadows.
The “. onion” domain registry operator is accessible via the Tor (The Onion Routing) network browser. This browser is a service that was created in the late 1990s by the US Naval Research Laboratory.
An early version of Tor was developed to conceal spy communications due to the realization that the internet by its very nature lacked privacy. The original framework was later reworked into the modern web browser and released to the public. It’s available at no cost to everyone to download.
Compare Tor to other browsers like Chrome or Firefox. The Tor browser, in particular, uses a random trail of encrypted servers called “nodes” between your machine and the dark web rather than the most direct way. This makes it possible for individuals to access the deep web without worrying about their online activities being monitored or their browsing history being revealed.
You won’t be able to figure out who’s behind the sites on the deep web or where they’re located because they all use Tor (or related technologies like I2P, the “Invisible Internet Project”) to hide their identities.