What is the deep web? and why the characteristics of the deep web can put you in danger? Today I explain to you that part of the Internet that you do not know and that you should not try to know.
First, imagine someone asking you what is the web? My answer when they asked me that question for the first time, was that it was all the information that was stored on the Internet. Then they asked me how could I access that information? And my answer was “Google search”, if your answers were similar to the ones I said, you are very, and I emphasize, very wrong.
Everything is the fault of Google, being the best ranked browser in the world, it has shaped us so deeply that he is the only door to the Internet … The truth is that it is not its fault, we cannot hold it responsible for something that we decide to believe.
And the first thing we must do to avoid being wrong is to start differentiating the web from the Internet, this is when our beloved Google throws us in our ignorance, because if you search “Web and Internet are the same?” Google will show many pages -more than you want to read- that will say that it is NOT the same.
To make it short, because the Internet is the set of connected networks, and the web is what browsers show. To make it even simpler, let’s suppose that the Internet is an island, if you want to go to the island, a suitable way is that you use a boat (the web), but there are also other suitable ways, as if you are swimming (applications), in jet ski (email), by boat (online games), by helicopter (smart tv), etc. The web is part of the Internet, a very important part. Now, what is the origin of the deep web?
Origin of the deep web
The origin of the deep web has its place in 1994, at that time it received the name of “Invisible Web”, and it was used to be able to enter the web files or hidden data, not necessarily illegal, but under protection. The origin is just the inability of browsers to index those sites. This is where the illegality of the data begins to be suspected.
It was discovered how to get to the island (Internet) in a submarine (deep web). It happens that in that journey they realized that the sea is much more extensive and there are many routes to reach the island without being seen.
So at the beginning the deep web was used to upload confidential academic data, such as research or important discoveries. Even now a relatively large sector uses it to have secure communications with entities or people. But then it evolved and in contrast to the origin of the deep web and its objectives, many took advantage of the characteristics of the deep web, to host illegal sites, this is where it acquires a special name: “the dark web” or dark web.
Characteristics of the deep web
Its content is not indexable in browsers, that is, if you wanted to enter a page of the deep web, it would not be as simple as putting it in Google. That content is “invisible”, like your email, there is no address to access it from a browser, unless you give access to the password.
Of the main characteristics of the deep web is its range of possibilities, often the Internet is compared with an iceberg. It is known that what we see on the surface is only a part, which does not even represent a majority percentage, the surface is equivalent to 10% or 15%, the rest is under water.
The deep web has this same feature, the surface of the iceberg is all that the navigators show us, like this site, we are part of that 15% that can be seen. but that part that you cannot see in Google is much more extensive. Although the origin of the deep web was not used with bad intentions, that was the reputation it was acquiring due to the type of sites it hosts.
Speaking of sites, another feature of the deep web is the change of domains, for example the Red5G site is where you are, if within a week you enter the same address, Red5G will still be here. Not so with the deep web, if one day you pass an address hosted there, within a period of time (days, weeks) it will no longer serve you, it will have changed. All in order to avoid crawls.
What’s in the deep web?
Among the features of the deep web you could find from academic research of great importance, but do not get so excited, the bad reputation of the deep web is because you also find:
Illegal sale of organs
Illegal sale of weapons
Trafficking in people
Crackers, but how many types of hackers exist?
Sale of stolen Paypal accounts
Forums of exchanges of images of all kinds
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Risks of the deep web
Do not enter the deep web. At this point you already have an idea of the risks you run, both on the side of cybercriminals and on the legal side. Analyze that if even in the superficiality of the Internet we know, we contract risky computer viruses, the attacks in a deep network will be even worse.
Curiosity killed the cat, do you want to be that cat? Nobody wants it. I hope that these characteristics of the deep web have been the information you were looking for, and this was more a safe route, than the one you were to find out. In previous posts we have talked about how you should protect yourself, and tools that can help you, if you are interested in knowing more I leave you a series of post dedicated to cybersecurity, just click here: cybersecurity.