The Deep Web


“Coding” by Omer van Kloeten is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

By: Widad Khalid, Journalist

The largest part of the internet is the deep web. It’s not fully accessible using standard search engines like Google. The deep web includes pages that are not indexed, like fee-for-service sites, private databases, and the dark web.

An important part of the deep web is private databases. These can be photos shared between friends through Dropbox or Paypal transactions. Private databases are a part of the deep web because you can share the information with who you are without sharing it with the world.  

The deep web provides privacy by encryption. This enables fee-for-service sites to keep their information private from non-paying users but still offering the information to their customers. 

The dark web is a part of the deep and can only be accessed using Tor. Tor is an anonymous network browser. It allows you to roam through the dark web without the fear of your actions being tracked or your browser history being exposed. Since the dark web is anonymous, it’s a hotbed for criminal activity.

Examples of data and information that are found in the deep web are:

  1. The internal sites of major companies, associations, and trade organizations
  2. The school, college, and university intranet systems
  3. Access to online databases
  4. Password-protected websites with members-only access
  5. Paywall protected pages
  6. Online test-taking sites
  7. An individual’s personal account for social media, email, banking, and more


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