What is Deep Web
The deep web, invisible web, or hidden web are parts of the World Wide Web whose contents are not indexed by standard search engines for any reason.
The opposite term to the deep web is the surface web. The deep web includes many very common uses such as webmail, and online banking but also paid-for services with a paywall such as a video on demand, and much more.
This part of the Internet is known as the Deep Web, and it is about 500 times the size of the Web that we know.
The Deep Web vs. The Dark Web
Deep Web is the portion of the Internet that is hidden from conventional search engines, as by encryption; the aggregate of unindexed websites
The Dark Web on the other hand, is defined as “the portion of the Internet that is intentionally hidden from search engines, uses masked IP addresses, and is accessible only with a special web browser: part of the deep web.”
The key takeaway here is that the dark web is part of the deep web.
Deep Web Search Engines:
- Not Evil
- Memex Deep Web Search Engine
What Is Onion Routing
Understanding onion routing is to start with the concept of proxy servers. A proxy server is a server that relays your connection through that server, which basically adds a step in the path of your data packets.
If someone traced your IP address, they’d see it as the proxy server’s IP address instead of your home address.
But proxy servers aren’t exactly anonymous. They keep logs of all the traffic that passes through, which means that they can actually point back to you if necessary.
For most activities, the proxy server is fine even though it’ll add a bit of latency to your connection. Your anonymity would not be entirely protected, however, if your proxy service was hit with a subpoena for your IP information.
Onion routing is an advanced form of proxy routing. Instead of routing through a single unprotected server, it uses a network of nodes that constantly encrypt your data packets at every step.
Only at the end of this “chain” of onion nodes does your data become decrypted and sent to the final destination.
In fact, only this “exit node” has the power to decrypt your message, so no other node can even see what you’re sending.
Who is playing the most with Deep Web?
It is extremely easy to access the dark web and even easier to be detected on it if you don’t take precautions. If you are new to the deep web, this guide will help you on your way.
According to researchers, only 4% of the internet is visible to the general public.
Meaning that the remaining 96% of the internet is made up of “The Deep Web”.
Dark Web or DarkNet is a subset of the Deep Web where there are sites that sell drugs, hacking software, counterfeit money, and more. We explain this further down the article if you are not up to speed.
According to the recent survey conducted by researchers Daniel Moore and Thomas Rid (in their book Cryptopolitik and the Darknet, it is found that 57% of the Dark Web is occupied by unauthorized content like Pornography, Illicit Finances, Drug Hubs, Weapon Trafficking, counterfeit currency flow and many more.
Before doing anything on the Dark Web or even learning about it, make sure you are protected with a VPN and Tor.
If you are looking to access hidden marketplaces or darknet websites (with a .onion domain) then dark web access is done using the TOR network with the TOR browser bundle. TOR is the most widely used dark web browser.
How to Access the Dark Web:
Step 1: VPN (Virtual Private Network) and make use of it to hide your activities, use it ALL of the time, no matter if you are on TOR or not. This site here reviews the best VPNs for use with TOR.
You should be taking your anonymity and security very seriously if you are visiting the Dark Web, especially if you are viewing any Darknet Markets.
Do not fool yourself and think that the ISPs (Internet Service Providers) and Law Enforcement are not trying to track those who use Tor to access the Dark Web, they are, and they are good at it so don’t make it easy for them.
By using the simple VPN app, your dark web activities will be hidden from your ISP and government agencies as all of your internet usage will be encrypted. No one will even know you are using TOR, let alone browsing for darknet markets.
What’s even better is that the VPN will give you a fake IP address, in another country if you like, so even if Tor is compromised then the trace just leads back to somewhere else that can’t be linked to you.
The other benefit of using a VPN is to prevent hackers from stealing your identity and or personal files and photos from your computer.
You need to use a good VPN that keeps NO LOGS, has fast performance, preferably accepts Bitcoin as payment, has a kill switch for DNS leaks, and is compatible with TOR.
Step 2: Deep website is not accessible by common browsers like Internet Explorer or Google Chrome. To get dark web access you will need to download the dark web browser called TOR browser bundle.
Only get it from the official TOR website, never download it from anywhere else!
Now close all of your browser windows and all apps connecting to the internet like Google Drive, Skype, OneDrive, iCloud, etc.
Then open your VPN app and connect to another location other than where you are at, make sure to use the OpenVPN protocol as it is the most secure.
Open up your normal favorite browser and then download TOR
TOR Official Website: https://www.torproject.org/download/download.html
STEP 3: From here, you now have a good level of anonymity and security and you are able to gain access to .onion websites through your dark web browser.
If you do want to check out some darknet markets then you should follow the guide for that specific market as it will show you step-by-step what to do to sign up, browse, etc.
Keep it in Mind
DO NOT change the TOR browser window size unless you like living dangerously.
The FEDS have programs that can match identities on random things such as matching time online and other things with the browser window size, I shit you not.
If you don’t change the size then it is the same as most other people.
Disconnect your webcam or block the camera with some black tape. Hackers and governments have ways of getting into your computer and turning on the video and cameras.
You can have intimate images of you be used as blackmail or extortion, or even worse, used by the feds.
Disconnect your microphone or cover it with tape to muffle it well. The same goes for the microphone as the camera, the last thing you want is to be recorded saying incriminating things at home.
NEVER use your real name, photos, email, or even password that you have used before on the dark web.
This is the fastest way to be tracked. Use an anonymous email account and aliases that have nothing to do with you that you have never used before.