If you are one of those people that still consider the deep web the same as the dark web, then you need to know today that the deep web is different and not the same as the dark web. As hard as the dark web can be to access, you might have been in the deep web several times today without even knowing it.
The deep web consists of everything below the surface of the internet. They are part of the internet but are not on the surface for the public search engines to pick up and display. If you wanted to search for a message in an email you received last week on Google, you would type “CYON meeting details” (this happens to be the subject of the email) in Google search box. You will get irrelevant search results or you get a no result at all. This sort of information is available only in the deep web. Google cannot give you the desired result simply because there are no links to crawl for this specific search term from your email address. So to get this info correctly, you need to log on to your email address and do the search. The deep web is home to the likes of the dark web, personal email account content, medical records, library books, legal documents, online banking account contents, social media account materials, and the likes.
It is a fact to say that much of the information in the deep web is private, and owners wouldn’t want it to be up on search engines if you must log in to an account to access an information. Then such information is on the deep web.
The dark web, on the other hand, is seen as a home to illegal and illicit information. Well, the fact you need to hold here is that the dark web cannot be accessed except by using a unique browser. The websites on the dark web can only be accessed with the use of The Onion Router browsers or say the Tor browser and any other browser like it. Darkweb websites cannot be detected by conventional public search engines, and that is why they form a part of the deep web as well when you see a website with an uncommon address name like www.Ytshoflueydijshs.onion, this is an example of a dark web website.
The dark web is a place where anonymity is reverenced. It is not just home to illicit and illegal activities and information but home to a host of other great ideas and information that are useful and edible. The likes of free speech forums, security sites, professional e-book sites, riddles and jokes sites, book clubs, and so on are the good side of the dark web. The dark side of the dark web consists of stolen information, drugs, dangerous services, and items like sale of guns, human body parts, an assassin for hire, child trafficking, and pornography, and so on.
Safety in the dark web
The dark web is safe when you are seeking legitimate content or data or information, but then it is practically unsafe for people who use it for illegal and dangerous stuff.
If you are trying to buy drugs or other illegal stuff, be careful as you can get scammed on the dark web.
Things people do or say on the dark web can, sometimes, be taken up against them for prosecution as well.
Don’t just click on any link on the dark web as these links can download malware to your phone or computer. Some links can even take you directly to pornographic stores or videos. Some links can also take you to stores where human body parts are sold or where you hire an assassin. You wouldn’t want to be in any of these places.
Care must be taken when accessing the dark web as a user may lose his or her data to hackers quickly on the dark web.
Law enforcement and the FBI can also track people down using the precious resource of the dark web, anonymity.
You can also download viruses into your computer or phone from the dark web easily
Hackers are in their numbers on the dark web, and as such, this increases your rate of getting hacked fast.
Your webcam can even be hijacked, and the hijacker will be able to see your home through your computer webcam. This is a form of hacking, and you wouldn’t want that happening to you.
Access the dark web
To access the dark web, you need to download a dark web browser, like Tor, for instance, unpack it and start the browser. Before you type in any URL, it is advisable to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) alongside the dark web browser to ensure total and full privacy and anonymity. When it is all well set up, type in the URL you want to reach, and (if your network is fast and robust) you will be on the webpage you are visiting.
Searching for stuff on the dark web can be burdening because it is wider than the public internet, it requires lots of sorting. The open search engines make use of rankings and indexes to list their search results, but in the dark web, there is no ranking, and this can make the work of searching for a thing cumbersome.
There are dark web search engines as well that may help guide a user towards getting the right result, but then these search engines also return lots of error and even illicit materials.
Lastly, remember never to access your email account or any of your private accounts using the Tor browser, he can release your information to the dark web, and when such happens, your data gets sold to the public. Accessing the dark web can be fun, but then it is imperative to follow all precautionary measures for safety in the dark web so as not to lose everything.