What is The Deep Web?
Trust me, whatever you think you know, probably isn’t right. The deep web is one of the most misunderstood terms in the history of the Internet.
No, deep web isn’t that red-eyed monster which attacks governments and kills people as the media portrays it to be.
It’s a just a part of the internet, that’s not indexed; as simple as that. It’s called the deep web because it’s not discoverable on the surface web.
So in other words, “the part of the internet which isn’t indexed by conventional search engines (Google/Yahoo/Bing, etc.) is called the Deep web.” (And it’s legal, check out the last section of this guide for further explanation!)
Also note that the internet used by most people comprises of only 5-10% (source: Curiosity) of the actual internet, while the other 90% is dominated by this deeper part of the web we’re talking about.
Unfortunately, it’s quite often confused with the dark web, which is a completely different version of it altogether so let’s clear that up as well.
Difference Between The Deep Web and The Dark Web
Before you learn how to access the deep web, it’s important to learn the very important difference between the deep web and dark web.
The deep web as I said above is just “non-indexed content”, so it may contain databases, user records, your bank details, some employee records, backups, government files (not too confidential maybe, but just not indexed) are all part of the deep web.
Search engines don’t index private or unnecessary information, and whatever’s not indexed comes under the deep web.
Here’s an example of content which can be called deep web content. Any material which is password protected, highly encrypted or just restricted for search engines to index is deep web content, and I hope that’s clear.
One major misconception in today’s world is, the deep web can only be accessed on the Tor network, well that’s not true. As you can see with the above example, you can access it even on your general browsers.
And even on Tor, I2P, Freenet, a significant part of the deep web is actually legal (refer to the last section of this guide on how to access the deep web).
While as for the dark web, it’s a smaller part of the deep web, but it’s what most people refer to when they’re talking of the “big bad part of the internet,” and that’s exactly what the dark web is.
The dark web is basically where all the “bad” stuff actually resides, bad things as in Child Pornography, Darknet Markets which let you buy drugs, weapons, guns, etc., Red roomswhich stream live torture, rape, and murder and everything else.
Unlike the deep web, which also exists on the clearnet; the dark web is solely on the “onion network,” an anonymous, decentralized network which can be accessed using the Tor browser.
These are exclusively on the onion network because the network is not govt. controlled or regulated and hence is the perfect place for all those illegal activities that the darkweb holds.
Because the darkweb exists on the onion network, it doesn’t have the typical .com/.net/.org kind of URLs and instead has a .onion extension.
Any and all content on the onion network, with .onion extension, is deep web content. So, the deep web is like the “overall” entity, which has a smaller fraction, a part which is darker and evil and is called the dark web.
Bottomline, all of the dark web is deep web, but not all of the deep web is dark (neither illegal).
Difference Between Darknet Markets and Deep Web
To learn how to access the Deep web, you need to know the difference between Darknet markets and the deep web, so you’re sure of what you’re getting into.
Let me briefly discuss what’s the difference between Darknet markets and the deep web.
We recently did an ultra-detailed post on “darknet markets” as well, but anyway the “darknet market” is the major part of dark web.
So, any illegal market on the deep web is darknet, a small part of the deep web that is, while there’s a good and positive side to the rest of the deep web.
Also, darknet markets can only be accessed on the Tor network, and quite often need an “invite code” for you to join them.
While the deep web can’t be “joined” as it’s not a single site or organization, rather many “unindexed webpages” and can be accessed on the clearnet as well, although its significant part to exists on the Tor network.
What Can You Find on The Deep Web?
Apparently, I’ll walk you through the guide on how to access the deep web accurately, but before that, I’m just trying to give you as clear a conception of the “deep web” as possible.
You need to understand that, everything you can find on the “Darkweb” is a part of the deep web, so technically we can say that all the drugs, weapons and credit cards, illegal porn, data dumps, document fraud which can be purchased on the dark web are a part of the deep web.
But, if you’re talking solely, exclusively and uniquely of the “deep web,” in that case, it just consists of data which “isn’t indexed on a search engine”. And this data can be ANYTHING.
For e.g, there may be “whistleblowing sites” which you can use to expose powerful people, there are sites which let you watch legal videos, legal music etc without tracing or tracking you on the deep web as well.
Or there may be attendance records of politicians for the senate which isn’t exactly “confidential” but isn’t available on search engines.
There are blogs which are run by “cults” such as flat-Earthers for an example, now people don’t wish to generally publicly identify themselves as members of those cults, right? And that’s where the deep web helps them.
So basically you can find documents, files, information on the deep web which is hidden from search engines, but isn’t necessarily “super confidential or nuclear codes”.
You should totally check out the “Legal websites on the Deep web” section of this guide to get a better example of what’s available on the deep web.
How to Access The Deep Web Step By Step
- Install VPN software on your PC, must use NordVPN (Onion over VPN specially dedicated for the deep web)
- Install Tor Browser Bundle on the computer.
- Login your NordVPN software with right username or password.
- Connect your computer to any Onion Over VPN server, If connected then go to next step.
- Run your Tor Browser, when successfully opened tor Browser then type any onion URL, you can find any category onion urls from site homepage.