Deep web comprises of uncatalogued sub-pages of domains, encrypted networks, password-protected data, private databases etc. The content in this invisible web cannot be indexed by the search engines and so it is generally hard to keep a track of it. Although there is no accurate estimate, but deep web is considered to be 400 to 500 times bigger than the surface web which is a part of World Wide Web that is available to general public and can be indexed by search engines.
Web, in general, can be compared to an iceberg where surface web resembles the visible tip and the huge part hidden below the surface forms the deep web.
What Can Be Found On The Deep Web?
A search engine, by crawling from one page to another, creates an index of pages that are linked to one another. However, the page that could not be linked to another page or could not be found by the spiders or crawlers of a search engine comes under the ambit of deep web. It could be an unpublished or unlisted blog post, file directory, picture and/or the content which the search engine cannot see.
You are most likely to find a record of following things on the deep web:
- Personal email accounts
- Social media accounts
- Online banking accounts
- Medical records
- Legal records
- Academic records
- Data stored on private databases
Who Uses The Deep Web?
- Police and military
- Political protesters
Common Misconceptions About Deep Web?
- Deep web is illegal
- It can be accessed by experts only
- It cannot be searched at all
- It is the same as ‘dark web’
- It is smaller or equivalent to surface web in terms of size
- It is run by criminals
Difference Between Deep & Dark Web?
The terms often used interchangeably are however, quite different from each other. The former is the pool of information on the web that cannot be accessed by search engines, but can be retrieved if you have an address. Whereas, the information on dark web is kept secretive purposely. It is often linked to criminal & illegal activity.
In the absence of deep web, it would have been difficult in maintaining privacy as in that scenario anybody could access your accounts by searching you on google. Since, this information is private so deep web helps in preventing it from being misused.
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