The whole internet world is categories into three different parts i.e. Surface web, Deep web and Dark Web. The article that you are reading is an example of the surface web. Precisely, we all use social networks like Facebook, Twitters, YouTube are an example of the surface web. Where the links are indexed by the search engine.

Whereas, Deep web are not indexed by any search engine. You need username and password or a direct links to access the deep web. For instance, the files on your google drive, files and database of a website, classified information of Army or Police all those things are categories into a deep web and that is not indexed anywhere. Dark Web are the black part of internet that cannot be access from our regular browsers.

Special browser like TOR are designed to access the dark web. Dark web is especially for the illegal content like, Child Pornography,  Hit-man, Smuggling, Illegal Drugs etc.

The section of the internet that is being indexed by search engines is known as the “Surface Web” or “Visible Web”. Now, 4.5 billion pages is a lot, but you’d be surprised to know that in reality it’s only 4 percent of the whole web. It’s the “surf” of the ocean of the whole internet. The reason search engines can see the surface web is through their web crawlers that read the website data, index it, and follow the links.

What is Surface Web?

Let me tell you one thing, if you are reading this blog then you are exploring the surface part of the web. The websites, webpages and information that you find using web search engine like Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. only portray that you are exploring just the surface of the web. Search Engines use the crawling process to index the webpages. Thus, the general public access only surface web. Now, let’s go little deeper.

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4% of the content is only available for the general public in the entire ocean of the web.

What is Deep Web?

The content that you cannot find using the search engine is termed as deep web. For example- If you search for something specific in the search engine it will give you many links and you will only find the content that you are looking for after clicking those links. Every website has its own search box. Thus the search engine’s search is limited to navigate the website. It won’t give you the links that are deep inside the website even if your search is specific. You have to go through different websites to find the particular link.

In simple terms, there are places in web that cannot be accessed by search engines but can be accessed if you have an address.

  • Websites you can only get in with a username and password, like email and cloud service accounts, banking sites, and even subscription-based online media restricted by paywalls
  • Companies’ internal networks and various databases
  • Education and certain government-related pages
  • Dynamic content, coming from a database where the page you see was displayed as a result of a query you put into that page’s search box or a form (Crawlers can’t do these things.)

What is Dark Web?

The data that are purposefully unrevealed and is not attainable through any standard web browsers is termed as dark web. Dark Web is mostly used for illegal and nefarious activities. The content inside Dark Web is usually found using the Tor network.

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