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?

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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:

  • Child pornography

  • Illegal sale of organs

  • Hit men

  • Illegal sale of weapons

  • Trafficking in people

  • Terrorists

  • Drugs

  • Money laundering

  • Sale of stolen Paypal accounts

  • Cloned cards

  • Documents forgery

  • Forums of exchanges of images of all kinds

  • Hacktivism

A never ending list of illicit activities, it goes without saying that there is money involved, a lot of money. Of course governments are against this web, but the web is so complex that there are anonymous networks such as TOR (The Onion Router) created in 2002 to enhance anonymity.

For example, now that you are reading this post, the browser you have will save your IP address, including your country and the search history, this is quite common. However, with TOR your history goes through different layers that encrypt your data, making you almost anonymous on the Internet.

And in the case of hidden web sites, it makes them almost impossible to track. So what is the danger? You really hope that the creators of that endless list of illegalities have ethics. When entering the deep web without the advanced knowledge of a programmer, you expose yourself to hacking, encryption, ah! And also that the government can track you because even if you use TOR, it’s not like you’re completely anonymous. Then you have legal problems.

Regarding payments, it is very common for them to be made through crypto-tenants, whose origins and destinations are untraceable.

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Risks of the deep web

We know of people who have been victims of cybercriminals, and is that as I told you before, the people who make the web deep home, have no scruples. If you have no experience in that field, you better not venture on that side of the Internet.

There are people who are specifically dedicated to looking for curious users, since they are the easiest to attack. They can encrypt your computer information and not return it until you pay. And even if you pay, there are no guarantees, and if they cheat you? How do you explain to the authorities that some guys cheated you when you entered the deep web where, incidentally, many crimes are committed?

And with the legal issue you also expose yourself to risks, for example, there are authorities specialized in tracking users who enter the deep web. It does not matter if you do it out of curiosity, why tell me, would you believe that instead of someone? Out of curiosity, what would you be in places where child pornography, pedophilia, murder and mutilation are spread?

The charges if they come to track you can range from fines, IP blocking, to years in jail. To explain it better, it is as if you knew that your neighbor is a murderer and did not denounce it, in that case you would be an accomplice, the same happens with the deep web.

CONCLUSION

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.

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