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What Really Is the Dark Web?

Nov 13, 2016 internet

We hear about it all the time, but do we know what it is?



Every once in a while, you see headlines about the dark web, mostly in relation to a police operation. Or you hear about hackers dumping passwords on the dark web. You even hear stories of how “90 percent of the Internet” is on the dark web. But what is it really and how do you get there?

The dark web is a sector of the Internet you can’t search from Google, and you’ll need special software to access it. It allows users to be anonymous while visiting sites, and require browsers that will hide the IP addresses of the servers that run the site. This level of anonymity makes the dark web attractive to both whistleblowers and criminals.

Now, there is a lot of confusion between the dark web and the deep web. The deep web is simply any site or parts of sites that aren’t indexed in search engines. Sites hidden beneath a paywall or password-protected parts of the Internet are in the deep web. That’s a lot of websites, which is where the 90 percent thing comes from.



Getting to the dark web requires special software. The most prominent is Tor or The Onion Router. It works by zigzagging the path web traffic goes through. Instead of connecting you directly to a website, Tor goes through relay servers and encrypters.

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