How to access the deep web: reasons, methods and risks

How to access the deep web: reasons, methods and risks

The article is about how to get to the deep web and darknet, their difference, features and invisible dangers. Readers will also get to master the ways, how to protect their computers from spyware and stay anonymous while surfing not to become accidentally involved in criminal activity. There is also information about the costs and risks of visiting Darknet websites. You must be 18+ to follow the advice given below.

Table of content:

  • Deep web: dangerous area or a new opportunity?
  • What the Internet is
  • Where the Internet comes from
  • Deep and Darknet: what is the difference?
  • What we can find inside hidden webs
  • Tor Browser as a way to visit onion sites
  • Why Darknet doesn’t wait for strangers

The article is about how to get to the deep web and darknet, their difference, features and invisible dangers. Readers will also get to master the ways, how to protect their computers from spyware and stay anonymous while surfing not to become accidentally involved in criminal activity. There is also information about the costs and risks of visiting Darknet websites. You must be 18+ to follow the advice given below.

The number of people who have never used the Internet is rapidly declining, but there are still not many users who are really aware of the deep web. Moreover, the very notion of deep net remains a mystery covered in darkness. And it can be interpreted in the literal sense. Is it real or the Internet depths are not scary at all? Can they open the way for new technologies, knowledge, and opportunities? And, of course, speaking of the subject, we will try to penetrate into these unknown places, where there was no foot, if not a person, then at least our friends and colleagues.

Few words about the World Wide Web

Before speaking about the deep or dark web, it makes sense to analyze the Internet as such. Are you sure you can give an accurate definition of the World Wide Web? An explanation like «I can watch movies, listen to music and chat with friends online» does not fit. The very principle of functioning, the mechanisms of data transferring and the level of anonymity are important. Without these – in fact, elementary concepts – we’ll not be able to move forward in the field of the deep web.
The Internet is a decentralized system. Each computer on the network is connected to others directly, without the third person participation and the main server existing. This fact is very important: due to this, the system cannot be fully broken down in a second.
Every computer is registered on the network. The machine has a specific number, which we know as the abbreviation IP. The Internet Protocol Address consists of the network and node numbers. Websites have got IDs as well.
The prototype of the Internet – the ability to transfer information digitally from a computer to a computer through a telephone cable – was developed by the US military. The first testing of the APRANET network was made in 1969.
Email, a domain name system, the development of modern HTTP and IRC network protocols, the combination of small networks, the emergence of provider companies – the Internet evolution is full of discoveries, events, and sensations.
Not so long ago, people started talking about the deep web as something that was little studied and mysterious. What is on this “dark side of the moon” and how to access the deep web safely for an ordinary internet user?

Dark and Deep Web: definitions and difference

Many people equate these two phenomena, although, in reality, these are different things. The deep web is a large number of web pages that are not indexed by known search engines. There is even a percentage ratio, which part of the Internet is hidden, and these figures are simply shocking. 4% of the Internet is open to ordinary users, and 96% is unavailable for viewing.
Darknet is a closed network, the data transmission in which is made between specific peers. This should be trusted peers, so they often call them “friends”. Often you can see the designation “Private peer-to-peer” or “friend-to-friend”. Non-standard protocols and ports are used to exchange data.
If in traditional peer-to-peer networks each computer has a specific IP address, then in darknet, such an identifier is not available for public viewing, and file sharing is anonymous. Darknet is not a single network, but isolated systems with their own rules, software, and data transfer technology.
If you go back to the history of the Internet, you can notice one important stage, when small networks were united into one. But even with the trend towards unification, many systems have remained isolated from the APRANET network. To date, the most famous darknets are Freenet, I2P, RetroShare. Among the old ones are WASTE, AnoNET, Allpeers and some others.

What can I find inside Deep and Dark web?

In a deep web, there is a variety of data, which is no different from what you can find using Google, for example. In the depths of the deep web, there are sites that can not be detected by search engines. These can be dead-end web pages, as well as other resources not related to other hyperlinks. Very often the owners of the resources themselves try to hide the site from search engines. To do this, one just needs to use the robots.txt file. Part of the sites in the deep web is closed with a password. Also at the very bottom like the wreckage of old ships abandoned sites that have not been visited and moderated for a long time lie.
Darknet is an active and in many cases very dangerous environment. Here you can also find much-prohibited content, so too curious users or fans of easy money are solved on this thrill ride with danger at every turn. The less you know, the stronger you sleep – it is necessary to say beforehand to all those who try to penetrate inside the Darknet. Prohibited goods and services, many of which are prosecuted by law, fakes and secret documents – dark web is considered to be an ideal meeting place for criminals. Darknet casts its black shadow on the cryptocurrency, because it is believed that crypto coin is widely used there.

Methods how to access the deep

It is not possible to get into a deep web with a common browser. To surf the depths of the Internet you will need a special Tor (The Onion Router) app with a bulb on the logo. The program is downloaded, installed and launched without any problems, just like any other Internet browser. The software seems harmless and even pretty, but having installed it on the hard drive of your computer, you become part of a chain that includes not only curious users who do not want evil, but also hardened criminals, hackers and money thieves from bank cards.
Do not think that law enforcement services that monitor the order in the virtual space ignore what is happening in the depths and dark tunnels of the WWW. Special teams have powerful tools for identifying criminals, but because of their carelessness, innocent people can get under suspicion too. Still burning with the desire to test the depths of the Internet and play as a deep web stalker? Then ensure anonymity to the maximum:

  • In the top left corner of the Tor browser, click S *
  • Activate the firewall in the operating system
  • Close the eye of the web camera

* This action will disable scripts on a global scale and will provide you with a higher level of anonymity

Using Tor you make your computer a link of the route for various information transmissions, and, as it’s been already noted unchecked and even criminal content. Many users unknowingly install this browser as the main one, which is not recommended. Never download files from the deep and dark areas of the network. Even harmless at first glance doc. can be dangerous viruses or spyware that cannot be cleaned by ordinary antivirus programs and is able to steal your BTC wallet keys.
All sites in the deep web have a domain name onion. Many resources are just mirrors of popular Internet portals, for example, there is an onion site FB. By the way is the official mirror of Facebook in the deep web. Chats, catalogs, databases, forums and, of course, Deep Wiki – all this can be found in the deep layers of the network.
As for the question of how to get on the Darknet, there is no one universal solution. There are completely private systems, securely closed from outsiders and protected by powerful proxy servers. You need to be an insider or a trusted organization to gain access to confidential information. Dark web is a kind of Pandora’s Box. However, there are anonymous networks like I2P, the software for access to which can be downloaded and installed free of charge. I2P works on top of the Internet, so we call it an overlay net. Visiting such each user is personally responsible for his actions there.

 



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