What is Surface Web?
Imagine, as you know, the scale and spread of the Internet. You can navigate both search engines and social media pages and industry websites and gaming sites on a daily basis. Even some of these shady sites and online gambling sites are located at this stage, particularly if you’ve discovered them on a random Google search.
These pages all shape the Internet, as most people perceive it. It is reported that the public face of the Internet accounts for about 4 percent of all the www material you see.
What is Deep Web?
Now, consider that all this stuff is just the tiny tip of the iceberg above the surface. What lurks just below the horizon is known as the Deep Web, or sometimes even called the Dark Net, and it’s around Soo times the size of the surface web.
Before you start assuming that anything in the Deep Web is illegal, unethical, sinister, or otherwise dumb, remember some of the absolutely legitimate stuff buried in the dark here:
1st Layer of Deep Web
The first layer of the Deep Web is lined with web services and files that traditional search engines cannot crawl, such as government databases and cached inner pages of private websites. They are totally legitimate. They are only unavailable to the general population. Think of sites like member-only portals or password-protected content.
Even the Facebook newsfeed is down on the first layer of the Deep Web, precisely because it can’t be indexed to search engines.
By the way, this first layer is where much of your encrypted and unindexed data is in the cloud.
2nd Layer of Deep Web
Paddle a little further into the depths, and you’ll discover the next part of the Deep Web, known as the Dark Web. This is the dark side of the Internet that people think of as they imagine shady criminal deals and illegal acts.
The Dark Net is where much of the illicit, infamous, criminal, and outright sleazy sides of the underground flourish.
The Dark Net is the realm where torrent-sharing sites, pirated apps, pirated video sites, and unauthorized download sites exist. It’s where these incredibly illicit places are hiding. It’s where the Secret WikiLeaks website is hiding.
There are also pages that concentrate on illicit gaming, selling guns, trading in cocaine, and offering for contract murder, among many other items. Hackers and cyber thieves are still thriving down here. It’s also the Silk Road domain. We’re going to go down the Silk Road and the Dark Web in a little bit more depth later in this post.
3rd layer of the deep web
The third layer of the Deep Network is where the vast majority of deep traffic travels, and most of them are fully legal. It’s also the dimension that cybercriminals find most compelling.
This is where business and government traffic is focused on alternative, internal and private networks, such as LANs, WANs, and PANs.
For example, here’s your online bank account page. The page where you enter the details on your credit card to complete an online order is here.
It is shielded from the general level of the Internet because of its confidential nature, which ensures that it is delegated to the limited-access only downstream of the Deep Web. And it’s all perfectly legitimate. Obviously, some of the confidential and private data contained in the cloud are still concealed in the 3rd layer of the Deep Web.
Unfortunately, this is the environment where hackers and cyber criminals try to enter and locate their jackpots for personal data and private details. This is where you ought to be most concerned about the cyber protection of your company.