Basically the Deep Web is a part of the internet, alias most of the internet that is not indexed by search engines like Google and Bing for example.
This means that all content present there is not easily accessed as we are used to, through simple searches.
So most of the content on the Deep Web ends up being completely hidden from most people.
Anyone who makes the Iceberg analogy, which shows a huge iceberg where only its tip is visible and the rest (most of it) is completely submerged in the ocean.
That is, the visible part would be the common internet also known as surface, while the rest totally submerged would be the Deep Web and all its content.
What happens on the Deep Web?
This question is certainly very common, there are many legends and myths that involve the darker side of the internet.
However, its operation is very similar to the common internet, there are sites that offer the most varied contents and services.
However, due to the technology behind the network that guarantees anonymous browsing, a large part of the websites hosted there, offer illegal services.
Since these services are the most varied, from the sale of drugs, weapons, sensitive and even prohibited content.
But calm down, don't be alarmed, there are many normal websites from companies known as Facebook that have a version of the platform on the Deep Web.
In addition, this part of the internet due to its high degree of privacy is also used by journalists who are in places of dictatorial regime.
Who was the creator of Deep Web?
Basically the Deep Web was created by the United States Navy Research Laboratory, however it did not have that name.
In fact, the name given to the technology was TOR, or also known as The Onion Routing, a revolutionary system that allowed to send data over the internet in an entirely anonymous way.
Since, initially, the objective of this network was to protect the communications of the Intelligence of the United States, only years later it was opened to the public.
Thanks to its routing technology, all traffic sent over the TOR network is virtually unmanageable and fully encrypted.
How to access the Deep Web?
To have access to the deep internet it is necessary to use specific software for this purpose, the most famous of which is the TOR Browser.
Which is basically a version of Firefox totally modified to access the TOR network in a safe and anonymous way.
You can download it directly on the official website of the TOR Project, remembering that it is a non-profit project, that is, the download is free!
Once you install Tor Browser, just start browsing and you'll be connected to a completely anonymous network.
However, there is a new way, using the Brave Browser, another browser focused on privacy that provides an integrated connection natively to the TOR network.
What can we find on the Deep Web?
Well, basically everything! As mentioned above there are several legal and illegal services that are available in the depths of the internet.
However, the most common activities found on the dark side of the internet are:
- Online drug stores
- Sale of weapons
- Sale of sensitive data such as credit cards, bank accounts and website access accounts
- Cryptocurrency laundering
- Selling fake identities
- Hacking forums
- Selling zero-day exploits and vulnerabilities
- Common services found on the surface
Is it a crime to access the Deep Web?
No! It is definitely not a crime to access the hidden internet, there are no laws in force at the moment that prohibit people from accessing the Deep Web.
However, some activities considered illegal conducted within the TOR network can be considered a crime.
So, when accessing the deep internet stay tuned, although there are many good sites, there are also sites that maintain criminal activities.
And although the network is anonymous, make no mistake, any slip can reveal your identity, not because of network failure but because of human error.
Some links to Deep Web sites
Something that you will notice when you start browsing the depths of the internet is that the addresses of the websites are not as simple as on the ordinary internet.
Normally to access a website we type the domain of the website right? On the Dark Web it works the same way but with Onion Network domains that are a little more complex.
Therefore, below we will list some domains of famous Deep Web sites for you to start browsing the TOR network.
- https://zqktlwi4fecvo6ri.onion/wiki/index.php/Main_Page -> Hidden Wiki (Wikipedia style)
- https://3g2upl4pq6kufc4m.onion/ -> DuckDuckGo
- https://www.facebookcorewwwi.onion/ -> Facebook on TOR
- https://protonirockerxow.onion/ -> ProtonMail (Encrypted Email Service)
- https://onionlinksv3zit3.onion/ -> Deep Web Links List
- https://hss3uro2hsxfogfq.onion/ -> NoEvil A search engine for TOR network sites
- https://onionname3jpufot.onion/ -> Selling domains on the TOR network
- https://secrdrop5wyphb5x.onion/ -> Secure Drop
- https://76qugh5bey5gum7l.onion/ -> Deep Web Radio
- https://nv3x2jozywh63fkohn5mwp2d73vasusjixn3im3ueof52fmbjsigw6ad.onion/ -> Site with rare comic books
- https://libraryqtlpitkix.onion/ -> Rare books
- https://nql7pv7k32nnqor2.onion/ -> Hidden Wallet, anonymous Bitcoin wallet
There are certainly thousands of other sites, it would be impossible to list them all in one article, but it's a good start!