The Deep, Dark Web : The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

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The Deep, Dark Web: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

“The Hidden Web”, or more commonly known as “The Deep Web”, is a fraction of the Internet that is not indexed by standard search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, etcetera. The reason for this is due to the fact that standard search engines cannot directly access data that is held in databases, which makes it extremely difficult for search engines to index. So, if standard search engines cannot access the Deep web, what can? And what is the primary purposes and intentions of people who use it? Even though the average, ordinary person like you and I have no business to conduct there, there are others who are not so ‘ordinary’, those who may use the Deep Web for either mere casual leisure, or downright nefarious purposes. Those with good intentions on venturing into the Deep, Dark web ostensibly seem to use it for a variety reasons, whether it is a journalist who lives in a highly oppressive region of the world, or someone who simply wants to watch a country-restricted YouTube video, the Deep Web, or namely the “Tor” permits them these freedoms. On the other hand, as mentioned earlier, there are malicious individuals who use the Deep web for a variety of illicit purposes. For instance, there was found to be an abundance of criminal activity on this particular Deep Website called the “Silk Road” – a place where people buy illegal drugs, as well as an assortment of other illegal contraband. Additionally, it had gained a copious amount of notoriety and fame as an illegal marketplace before “it was shut down in 2013 for its illegal activity and transactions, and it is “estimated that the marketplace had accumulated 1,400 vendors, 957,079 registered users, and it had brokered more than...

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...information. Although, this is most likely due to the very scarce information and research was done on this particular topic. Nevertheless, the main purpose of this research was to explain what the Deep Web is, what and how someone accesses it, the history behind Tor, and the history of cryptocurrency and how its implications on Deep Web marketplaces, and lastly; the positive and negative attributes of the Deep Web. I neither condone nor do I disapprove of the usage of the deep web, so long as it abides the law and upholds positive morality. I do not recommend that the technologically inexperienced venture into the Deep Web, nor the Dark Web, without having first gained enough proper knowledge. My only advice would be not to visit the Deep, Dark Web to begin with, as common sense usually prevents careless actions, whether it be on the Surface web, or on the Deep Web.
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