The Deep Web, Invisible Web, or Hidden Web are part of the World Wide Web whose content is not indexed by standard web search engines. This contrasts with the “surface web”, which is accessible to anyone using the Internet.
Deep web content is hidden behind HTTP forms and includes uses such as webmail, online banking, private or otherwise restricted social media pages and profiles, some web forums that require registration to view the content, and the services for which users must pay for, and which are protected by paywalls, such as video on demand and some online magazines and newspapers.
Deep web content can be located and accessed through a direct URL or IP address but may require a password or other security access to access pages on the public website.
The first confusion between the terms “deep web” and “dark web” occurred in 2009 when the terminology of deep web research was discussed with illegal activity taking place on the Freenet and the darknet. These criminal activities include the trade-in of personal passwords, false identity documents, drugs, firearms, and child pornography.
Since then, after their use in media reporting on the Silk Road, the media have started to use ‘deep web’ as a synonym for dark web or darknet, a comparison that some dismiss as inaccurate and has therefore become a source of confusion. permed.
While the deep web is a reference to any site that is not accessible through a traditional search engine, the dark web is a part of the deep web that has been intentionally hidden and is inaccessible through standard browsers and methods.