Dark Web Vs. Deep Web: What is the Difference?

The terms “dark web” and “deep web” are often used interchangeablyas though they mean the same thing. This is a common misconception and the twoare quite different. Our recent blog series has gone into detail on thedefinitions of the darkweb and the deep web.

It is important to understand that two are not the same and we’lltake a closer look at the major differences between the dark web and deep web.Armed with this knowledge, you will be a savvier, safer internet user.

How are they different?

One of the first things to understand is that the dark web isactually a part of the deep web. The deep web is incredibly expansive and issubstantially larger than the surface web, the area we use every day. Bycontrast, websites on the dark web represent a very small percentage – about .01% - of contenton the deep web.  

The deep web represents the web content that is not indexed orsearchable by standard search engines. This includes password-protected sites,subscription services, databases, intranets, and more. For the most part, thedeep web is a harmless portion of the internet and is quite important forprotecting personal and sensitive information from falling into the wronghands.

On the other hand, websites on the dark web use encryptionsoftware to make their users and locations anonymous. Since users can protecttheir identity and whereabouts on these sites, the dark web has become amarketplace of illegal and unsavory activities. Behavior conducted in thisrealm is untraceable and it is estimated that more than half the content on thedark web is illicit or potentially harmful.

Users of each type also differ. Those accessing the deep web mightbenefit from the safe and private form of communication offered in this realm.Regular users of the deep web might include journalists, whistleblowers,political protestors, and citizens of countries where censorship abounds.

Dark web users seek anonymity and secrecy as they conduct theirdealings. Given that the dark web is built on anonymity it is difficult to knowwho is using it. Since the dark web is known to contain illegal, and evendangerous, content we can assume that users of the dark web are seekinganonymity in order to carry out criminal activities or make illegal purchases.

While not all material and content on the dark web is illegal,negative, or dangerous it is important to understand that the potential fordamaging items is certainly there. Understanding the differences between thedeep web and the dark web is necessary in today’s world of internet access anduse.

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