The world of the Internet is a big one. You probably think you already know this, but perhaps you don’t fully understand just how big the Internet really is. A search engine like Google has indexed in the region of around 35 trillion pages worldwide. This includes Facebook and its many pages, Wikipedia and its likewise numerous pages, as well as commonly visited sites such as online casino and other gaming and entertainment portals. The staggering part? This number represents about 4% of the information that exists on the Internet.
This statistic brings us to the next part of the equation. What is the other 96% of the Internet? Why does it exist, what is it used for, and why has it never been indexed? In answering these questions, we will also explain what the deep web is, what the dark web is, and what sort of information can be found there.
Terms like deep web often get thrown around in movies, generally in scenes where a hacker is explaining something to the hero. Often, in these theatrical cases, the scriptwriters want to make the most of concepts that the average viewer doesn’t understand. The truth is, however, that the concept of the deep web is far simpler to grasp than might be assumed.
Very simply; the deep web is the section of the Internet that has not been indexed, generally because there has not been any need. For example, NASA stores enormous amounts of information online, but has never made the information available to the public. Why? Because the amount of effort it would take to catalogue and present these enormous amounts of information is just not feasible.
To make the point more clear; if Google or any other search engine ever did index this insurmountable amount of data, the term deep web would no longer exist, or have any meaning. Which is to say, if Google isn’t bothering with this endless ocean of data, it is safe to assume that you can ignore it as well, and be sure you’re not missing much.
On the other hand, the dark web is a very different ballgame. Beyond the reach of standard search engines, accessible via its own specific browsers, the dark web is a world where illegal activity thrives. From the sale of illegal firearms, to the hiring of contract killers, and a great deal more highly questionable content, it can all be found in this unpleasant part of the Internet.
Many users of the Internet don’t realise that such a layer of the online world exists, but it does, and is accessed by unsavoury characters across the world. Given the very nature of the Internet, it is all but inevitable that such digital zones spring up. It is very difficult for such activity to be policed, creating a thriving hotspot for exchanges that are outside the law.
The uncatalogued areas of the digital world are mostly, for lack of a better term, boring. Although a few more curious individuals might consider parts of the information worth a look, at the very least. Some companies even make a living gathering parts of the information and selling it to interested parties.
However, the dark web should be avoided at all costs. Although exploring this digital cesspool is not illegal in itself, the information that can be found is often deeply troubling, disturbing, and highly unpleasant. Unwary explorers could quickly find themselves regretting venturing into a place that is all but entirely ignored by companies like Google, Yahoo and Bing. The major search engine companies ignore this information for a reason, and in this case, it’s best to follow their example.