Less than 1% of ALL internet links are indexed and accessible by traditional search engines such as Google or Yahoo. The other 99% or more are part of what is known as the “Deep Web“ (or “Dark Web“). Though they are not easily accessible, there are ways that you CAN search them.
The most popular way of accessing the Deep Web is via TOR. Also known as “The Onion Router“ (think: LAYERS), TOR is free software that uses “nodes“ all across the world to connect to the internet. It uses multiple layers of encryption to obfuscates your IP address and makes it appear to websites that you access that your IP address is originating from one of these nodes. In doing so, it helps you to remain anonymous.
This network of nodes creates an overlay network and creates links which can be accessed ONLY when you are using TOR, or software/websites which can access TOR, such as Tor2Web, (BOOKMARK this link! It converts TOR-only links to links which you can access on ANY web browser).
Aside from TOR, other network software can be used to access traditionally un-indexed links and anonymously view and share content, such as:
► FreeNet (anonymous peer-to-peer file sharing service)
► GNUnet (anonymous peer-to-peer file sharing service)
► I2P (overlay network which offers anonymous web browsing, chatting and file sharing)
► OneSwarm (anonymous peer-to-peer file sharing service)
► RetroShare (offers anonymous file sharing, email and messaging)
► Syndie (access content that is accessible via I2P, TOR and FreeNet)
► Tribler (anonymous peer-to-peer file sharing service)
Though the Deep Web and its services can be used for illegal activities such as buying drugs and weapons or hiring hitmen, it can also be used for benevolent purposes, such as whistle-blowing and sharing secret or sensitive information.
Like I said earlier, TOR is by far the EASIEST and MOST VERSATILE way to access the Deep Web. They offer a TOR Browser Bundle which includes all of the necessary TOR software, as well as a specially-modified FireFox browser with which to use it. TOR also allows you to access normal web links as well. If you wish to explore the Deep Web or remain anonymous while browsing normal internet sites, there is simply no better or easier way.
GETTING STARTED ON THE DEEP WEB:
After you download and install the TOR browser bundle, you will want to familiarize yourself with how the Deep Web works and how to use it. You will also want to find and bookmark TOR links, which are much more obscure than traditional web links. Instead of the traditional “www.WEBSITE.com”, your TOR link would look very random (something like “124abc456def.onion”). Here are some English-language Deep Web TOR links to check out (NOTE: TOR links change extremely often, but these were all up-to-date at the time of posting):
► Ahmia (an anonymous search engine for TOR links)
► Associated Whistleblowing Press (anonymously upload sensitive information and protect it with a password; such information can ONLY be accessed by those who have the password)
► Blackbook (a free social network; TOR‘s Deep Web equivalent of Facebook)
► DoxBin (anonymously search for and upload sensitive text)
► Global Leaks (anonymously upload sensitive information and protect it with a password; such information can ONLY be accessed by those who have the password)
► Grams (an anonymous search engine for TOR links)
► Harry 71: Onion Spider Robot (a list of links that are ONLY accessible using the TOR network)
► The Hidden Wiki (TOR‘s equivalent of Wikipedia)
► News File Search (anonymously search files that have been uploaded to the Deep Web)
► Not Evil (an anonymous search engine for TOR links)
► Onion City (an anonymous search engine for TOR links)
► TorBox (private email service that is ONLY accessible using the TOR network)
► Torch (an anonymous search engine for TOR links)
► TorFlix (anonymously stream uploaded videos and television episodes for free)
► TorLinks (a list of links that are ONLY accessible using the TOR network)
► The Uncensored Hidden Wiki (same as The Hidden Wiki, but includes content that they censor or block)
► Yet Another TOR Directory (a list of links that are ONLY accessible using the TOR network)
► WikiLeaks (TOR‘s version of the popular whistleblower website)
NOTE: While the Deep Web helps content providers and viewers remain anonymous, there is still censorship, mainly by government agencies. When exploring Deep Web links, prepare to see this image quite often:
Browse safe and browse smart. Stay conscious my friends.
~ MERIT FREEMAN