Many people consider the Dark Web a myth, whereas others are well-aware of the dark side of the web, the Dark Web. You might have heard celebrities, influencers, bloggers and YouTubers invest in protecting their internet visibility on the World Wide Web. Well, they seek the protection of their online visibility due to the presence of the Dark Web.
Dark Web is a culmination of sites that even Google cannot access. People in the dark web can easily steal your data which they can use to impersonate you. Further, the cybercriminals also use the Dark Web to sell the data to the highest bidder. The real-life implication of the dark web is, if your personal data is stolen and it reaches the Dark Web, then people behind the data theft could sell it to several anonymous people who could also take over the financial account. Another important fact about the Dark Web is this type of internet has been hidden voluntarily.
Internet is vast, but most of it is inaccessible
Currently, more than six billion websites can be found on the surface web or clear web. The sites that we access on notable search engines range from social media to personal blogs and shopping platforms.
There are two other kinds of web, namely deep web and dark web. You are already aware of the entirety of the dark web. Nevertheless, the deep web is completely different. Deep web, a distinctive part of the internet, is also hidden from search engines via encryption or unindexed websites. The deep web is excruciatingly mysterious, so people tend to be sceptical about this type of web.
The surface web represents around 1 per cent to 4 per cent of total internet; however, the deep web and dark web constitute 96 per cent to 99 per cent of the internet. There are two reasons why the latter do not get indexed:
- Around 95% of websites are paywall, meaning it is restricted to the general public. They are often protected by encryption or credential with a goal of blocking the everyday web crawlers. Some of the notable examples of paywall sites are banking portals, subscriptions sites, and the admin section of cloud services.
- Then there are the pages which are an integral part of the notorious dark web. These websites can only be accessed if you use an anonymous browser, namely Tor, which makes the Internet Protocol address of users untraceable.
Tor, a whole new internet
The dark web, as the name suggests, isn’t just dark; rather, it is completely invisible. Even the lord of search engines “Google” cannot take a glimpse on the Dark Web.
Some scientists of London’s King’s College made an analysis of more than 2,700 websites which aren’t indexed by the conventional search engines. In addition to this, half of these websites comprise illegal content. Stolen bank transactions, credit card numbers, social security numbers can be found on these websites.
The dark web threatens the existence of bigger conglomerates, governments, and corporations. As these renowned bodies tend to move money almost every day through the internet, they are more likely to attract the attention of black hat hackers.
But there are ways by which you can shield your data on the internet, for instance:
- Update or change your password at regular intervals. You can never use a similar password over different accounts for work, email and social media. Having unique passwords for all accounts, and not repeating them can shield your online data.
- If you’re a doctor or a lawyer, it is advised to store the sensitive information and records of your clients in data storage such as flash drives, SD Cards, and SSDs.
- You can monitor your network by hiring cyber computer security professionals.
Your protection is in your hands, opt for the best solution to protect data from hackers.