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Deep Web: Discovering the Hidden Part of Internet

Updated on July 12, 2017
It is secret, it cannot be seen through common browsers, it is mastodontic: welcome to the dark side of the Web!
It is secret, it cannot be seen through common browsers, it is mastodontic: welcome to the dark side of the Web!

When we talk about Internet, we commonly refer to all the websites we are able to access at any moment: Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Wikipedia, online blogs, forums, newspapers, games and all the other types of websites we can imagine. Internet is not just this: we can see these public websites are only a small part of what the Big Network is. You are probably thinking about this interesting statement and then you are going to realize there are also private networks on the web: intranets used by schools and companies are an example. So you are going to imagine a second part of the Internet in which access is limited only to authorized users. Is that enough? No: Internet should be compared to a big universe just like it happens with mythology: the common websites we visit everyday are comparable to the physical world of a mythological universe, while intranets are just the private places of this world. In mythology there is also an Afterlife world in addition to the common world: something people are not able to see, but only imagine. Is that the same for Internet? The answer is yes, but we are not talking about myths and paranormal legends: an "alternative" Web which is inaccessible through our common browsers really exist and it is called "Deep Web".

Search engines only index 1% of the entire Internet data in the world
Search engines only index 1% of the entire Internet data in the world

A Shocking Truth: Only 1% of Internet is Indexed by Google

There is a shocking truth many experts have realized: Google indexes only 1% of the Web. We imagine Internet as a mastodontic network, but at the fact, our known websites are just a little part of an even bigger network. 99% of the Web is hidden and we do not have access to it with common browsers: this statement is made just in order to let you imagine how potentially infinite can be a network in which what we think is mastodontic (the all websites we know and we find on Google) is at the fact a little part of the system.

Legends About Internet

Some people invented legends about 8 different Internet levels: from the surface (the common websites) to the 8th secret level, which controls and dominates everything, passing through the 6th level, which is accessible through quantum PCs. It is useless to say all these are legends and nothing of this is real. There is a deeper Internet level (which has nothing paranormal), the other levels are simply an invention of people who wanted to put even more mystery around something which is not as mysterious as you may imagine.

The Deep Web: the Dark Side of Internet

With Deep Web we commonly refer to all the remaining websites we cannot find on search engines and we cannot access through common websites. Where these websites are physically hosted if we cannot see them through a browser? They stay on physical servers in every part of the world: nothing of paranormal and different from the common websites. The key which makes them inaccessible is that they are behind a proxy network: they are just like encrypted TV channels. If pay TV is completely hidden to the public without a decoder and a smart key, the same is for the "deep websites": they stay on a different network and they cannot be accessed through a simple Internet connection. One of these hidden networks in which most of these secrets websites are viewable is Tor.

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Tor: Not Only a Proxy!

Tor is not just a tool you can use in order to become anonymous on the Web. Many people ignore the fact they just enter in a new network of computers when they connect to a Tor server. Behind this network people can always see the common websites, but they also have access to a secret part of the web: all the websites hosted on Tor and unaccessible from outside it. Comparing this with paranormal stories, entering Tor network is just like having an extra-sensorial experience in which you still see the common world, but you have also power to see hidden things: anyway, just as said before, there is nothing paranormal in the Deep Web, even if the example before is good to describe what actually means this hidden part of the web.

You can see more things in the cyber world, you just need the right tools!
You can see more things in the cyber world, you just need the right tools!

Deep Web Is Not Illegal

The fact many illegal websites are searchable in the Deep Web does not mean this secret area of Internet is illegal: you can also find legal websites that decided to remain anonymous for various reasons. In these secrets parts of the web you can imagine everything of secret is hosted: from ISIS networks to hackers' groups, but also perfectly legal networks containing confidential information are hosted on the deep web. It is also not to forget Deep Web is mainly used also by all the users who live in country in which censorship exists, as the Deep Web allows them to be in touch without restrictions. Just to say: Deep Web is not automatically the same of "illegal world".

Deep Web: You Find Everything

As deep web is hidden and anonymous there is a simple statement we can do: it is also a very dangerous place. Why should people stay anonymous if they have nothing to hide? The answer is predictable: in the deep web you can find all the illegal services you can imagine: pedopornographic websites, community of pedophiles, websites in which buy drugs or medicines without recipes, services for fake IDs, black markets (in which you pay with Bitcoin, which is untrackable), anonymous emails systems and so much: every illegal activity you can imagine has a life in the anonymous dark sides of the deep web. That's why visiting it (many people do this, even because of curiosity of see the "alternative Web") requires many attention, including avoiding making any type of purchases, and obviously searching for any kind of pedopornographic content.

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