What is the Difference between the Surface Web & Deep Web?

If you are thinking that famous search engines like Yahoo & Google are enough for getting all the information on the Internet, then you are wrong. The internet section which would be indexed by the search engines is referring as the “Visible Web” or “Surface Web”. There are more than 5 billion pages and you would be really surprised by knowing that it is 10 percent of the entire web. The search engines can easily notice the surface web with the help of the web crawlers which index the website data, read it and follow the links. The 90 percent of the remaining internet is the Deep web.

Surface Web

The surface web has been main part of the WWW (World Wide Web) since the beginning of the first browser. The surface web provides all the information which is accessible via the ordinary search engines. This is the web part you are going to access at the time of reading an article on the websites, watch a cat, and purchase something from online sites and dance video on YouTube.

Internet is really a big thing and you really have no idea about it. The famous sites like Facebook and Google you can access through search engines without any problem. They are all the surface web part and you should be aware of it. If you are finding anything on YouTube and other search engines, then it would surely come up under the surface web.

Deep Web

The deep web is bigger than the Surface web in terms of the sizes. It is simply opposite to the surface web which contains data which cannot find by the best search engines. The best example of the Deep Web data would be the pin which can help in accessing your bank account or your email account. Both of these would be accessible easily and it requires special attention. Deep web is the web part which includes our financial records, medical records, files of social media and other vital information that we will never find on any search engines.

How is the Surface web different from the Deep Web

The sites on the surface internet are mainly indexed for the search engines to locate, but the deep web is not indexed. This is the only main difference exists between the Deep and Surface web. You can still have a chance to access it. You surely spending lot of time in the deep web, but you are not aware of it. The examples of Deep Web site are:

  • Companies vital databases and internal networks
  • Those websites which can help you in getting in with a username and passwords like cloud and email service accounts, subscription- based online media restricted and banking sites.
  • Government related pages and education
  • Dynamic content

Safe Side

You should understand that it is very safe to use the surface web as there is no restriction imposed by the government and other security agencies.  Your web history and any transactions you are making online would be traced through your IP address. Kindly do not bother about it as safe and secure and it is just for confirming that you are not involved in any illegal activities. But, on other side, the scenario is totally different. The Deep web is not safe like the surface web and it involves lot of illegal activities which is not acceptable in the actual world where we are living.

You can find lots of illegal products and criminal activities also on the deep web. There are several drug dealers selling drugs online and you should be alert while accessing the deep web. If you get caught by the security agencies regarding this drug activity, then surely you would end up in jail for long term. The deep web is full of unknown people and lots of criminals are operating their activities from here. Make sure you are not giving your personal information to any one you met on the site. Always be alert and active while going for accessing it.

It is completely legal to access the deep web with an anonymous browser like Tor browser. It is a special anonymity browser which helps in accessing the deep web sites anonymously. There are many websites which you can find on the deep web are not legal to access.

The Final Words

At last, if you want to be on a safe side, then go for the surface web. Surface web would give you the exact information as per your needs and wants. But still if you are in a need of extra information, than you can give a try to the deep web. Always use special browser for accessing the deep web as it would help you a lot to maintain your anonymity. To get more info about deep web, check out this blog.

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