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Differences Between Deep Web, Dark Web And Darknet

You may have heard the terms Deep Web and Dark Web many times. But do you know what they really mean? This article will explain the differences between Deep Web and Dark Web.

We must first understand the concept of Clearnet, also known as “Surface Net”, that is the Internet as we know, including the pages on Google, Bing and Yahoo. This is accessible without the need to enter any data or use special software.

Deep web

The term “Deep web”, which has been popularized and spread on the Internet in recent years, is sometimes used incorrectly to refer to other terms like “dark web” and “darknet”.

Deep Web refers to content that has not been indexed by major search engines. It is therefore difficult to find it and to know it is there. If a content is not indexed by a search engine we mean it has not been added to its search database, and will therefore not appear. Many reasons content may not be indexed by search engines include: it could be that it is locked with a password or that it is pages you must pay to view. We also upload files to our Google Drive, OneDrive, or Dropbox accounts, and we haven’t made them public.

It would be absurd to think that someone could simply search your name in Google and read your mail from your Gmail account or Outlook account.


Although the term Deep Web is commonly used to refer to Darknet, there are many differences between Darknet, Dark Web and Deep Web. The Darknet * is an encrypted network that search engines cannot index and which requires special tools or software in order to access. The Darknet is part of the Deep Web.

The network anonymizes users and their location. Website owners can hide users’ identities, while users can conceal their location. Data can also be transmitted anonymously.

Tor, or The Onion Router is one of the most well-known Darknets. To access this Darknet, you will need to install a client. Additionally, there are search engines within the network. However, you will need the addresses of the services you wish to access. We know that sites with addresses ending in.com or.es on the Surface Web are easy to find. These Tor sites have a special address that ends in “. onion

There are also I2P, Freenet and other types of Darknet.

Dark web

Darknet and Dark Web are actually related. The Dark Web refers to all the websites that exist in these Darknets. Many of these websites are not accessible if there is no user or access permission. These sites are often not known to be active and, in some cases, they may even be sites dedicated to illegal content trafficking. It is the Word Wide Web of the Darknet.

This is where the Internet black market operates, offering malware, drugs, weapons and other illegal or degrading content.

The Iceberg

We can often find an image of an Iceberg that represents the concepts we have seen. However, this image is not correct as we cannot determine the Deep Web content. Many of these contents are not accessible or available at all times. It is larger than the Surface Web. They also claim that the Dark Web is 0.01% of all the Deep Web. We can see that there are many differences between the Deep Web (and the Dark Web).

Cybercrime and privacy

The Darknet was designed to be used by authoritarian regimes that censor freedom of expression and access to content. These networks allowed political activists, journalists, whistleblowers and activists to freely express themselves. However, they could be censored, or face political reprisals if the government finds them. For instance, Iranian bloggers used Tor during the Arab Spring to surf anonymously and bypass censorship while remaining undetected by police.

These networks are essential to society’s well-being.

Edward Snowden is a strong defender of Tor and other Darknet tools.

However, as with all tools, they are neither good nor evil. Its use is what defines it. Unfortunately, many people misuse it for criminal purposes or to injure their dignity or integrity.

There are clearly differences between Dark Web, Deep Web, and Darknet. The Deep Web, which is the vast majority of internet content that is not indexable, can be summarized as follows: Darknet * is an encrypted network that requires specific tools and knowledge to access. The Dark Web, meanwhile, is the collection of sites that are hosted on Darknet. These three concepts should be clearer now, we hope.

* Important: These Darknet routers don’t encrypt traffic in the beginning or exit of packets. The real goal is to conceal the destination and recipient. To ensure that traffic is transparent, we must create the encryption layer. This post explains how routing works on Tor networks in more detail.


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