Who says you can’t learn anything from mindlessly watching TV? I Finally finished watching season 1 of House of Cards and started tucking into season 2 this week. In episode 2, Lucas Goodwin starts doing some research. I won’t say what he’s researching, in case you haven’t started watching the series yet. In trying to find the information he wants, Lucas is introduced to the Deep Web. He’s warned to be careful when messing around in this place. Of course, that peaked my interest, and I had to have a nose around the web to find out what this Deep Web business is all about in real life. I was shocked because 1) I’d never heard of the Deep Web, 2) all the madness one can get up to in the Deep Web, and 3) just how vast the Deep Web is.
[blockquote source=”Sick Chirpse”]There’s a part of the internet known as the deep web. The deep web is called the deep web because of its massive size, it’s literally ‘deep’. According to The Guardian, you can only access 0.03% of the internet via search engines like Google and the rest is what makes up the deep web. The deep web is truly anonymous – you can’t even get on it unless you yourself are anonymous.[/blockquote]
You can’t access the deep web through normal channels, you have to access it through TOR.
Some facts about TOR:
1. Tor – short for The onion Router – is a seething matrix of encrypted websites that allows users to surf beneath the everyday internet with complete anonymity.
2. It uses numerous layers of security and encryption to render users anonymous online.
3. Normally, file sharing and internet browsing activity can be tracked by law enforcement through each user’s unique IP address that can be traced back to an individual computer. The Tor network on the Deep Web hides the IP address and the activity of the user.
4. Most of the Web’s information is buried far down on dynamically generated sites, unable to be found or seen by traditional search engines – sites or pages don’t exist until created as the result of a specific search.
5. An Internet search is like dragging a net across the surface of the sea – a great deal of information is caught, but a majority is deep and therefore missed. Read more.
In my search, I also found this video, which outlines 10 disturbing facts about the deep web.
Going into the Deep Web, I kind of felt like I was travelling up the river into the heart of darkness. And I definitely wasn’t prepared to get out of the boat.
Check out Sick Chirpse’s Ultimate Guide to the Deep Web if you want to get a flavour for what’s to be found in the deep web without having to go there yourself.