Exploring the deep web

There is a lot more to the web then meets the eye. In fact, approximately a whole 7,500 terabytes of data more!

The vast, teeming portion of the World Wide Web that contains websites never imagined or viewed by most web users. This includes the dark, labyrinthine sites providing anything and everything considered illicit or taboo by most people.

Some background

The so called “Deep Web” (or invisible Web, DarkNet, Undernet, or the hidden Web) is the name of the part of the internet that is not indexed by search engines. Think websites that generate content based on private database entries, internal corporate networks, or websites that tell search engines to not crawl them. All in all the “Deep Web” os just content that’s not indexed by most search engines.

However a small portion of the deep web can be accessed anonymously and is called the Tor network. It uses mainly .onion URL extension and a randomly generated combinations of letters and numbers for the domain name (Example: http://gbzig3ov3o25tgew.onion).

Deep/Invisible Web

What to find

The deep web contains almost everything, if you have the time to look for it. However, when you combine an anonymous way of access and the internet, you can end up with a lot of illegal drug trade, hiring of trained killers, pirate software etc. But, if you ignore the illegal stuff you can find a lot of interesting topics here, and is also a good way to get a glimpse of the dark underbelly of the internet.

The main access route to the deep web is known as “The Hidden Wiki.” It contains most of the .onion links that you will need to explore some of the more interesting stuff.

A glimpse of The Hidden Wiki

How to access the deep web

Accessing the deep web is entirely up to you, but there are some software that makes this very easy to do:

  1. Install the Tor Browser:  https://www.torproject.org/download/download (download the Tor Browser Bundle)
  2. Visit the Hidden Wiki at http://gbzig3ov3o25tgew.onion


Tor is a network that supports onion routing – a way to help make your traffic anonymous The “deep web” is information not indexed by major search engines, and makes up the vast majority of information on the web. Installing the Tor Browser Bundle enables your browser to surf the onion web, which is a small part of the invisible web.

Strangely, this used to be how the internet (and pre-internet networks) worked – you had to know exactly where you were going before you could get there.