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The 'deep web' holds things most of us would rather not see

Published 22/08/2015 | 02:30

The dark web is inaccessible through standard search engines
The dark web is inaccessible through standard search engines

Shrouded in mystery, the so-called "deep web" or "dark web" remains an enigma for the ordinary internet user.

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It is known to hackers, coders and computer geeks worldwide - but the darkest parts of the world wide web terrify those of us accustomed to the comfortable world of Google and Facebook.

The dark web is inaccessible through standard search engines.

However, free software such as TOR will provide access.

This maze of information is said to be a hotbed of drugs, debauchery, deviancy and stolen credit card details,

If we use the Pacific Ocean as a metaphor for the internet, then the ordinary web is the warm and clear waters off the coast of a tranquil tropical island. It is used casually, for pleasure, for bathing and splashing about in.

The deep web, on the other hand, is the Mariana Trench.

At 400 times the size of the clearnet, it holds things most of us would rather not see.

Irish Independent

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