How to Access the Deep Web Safely | Deep Web Starter Guide 1.0
How to Search the Deep Web
Search engines such as Google index well over a trillion pages on the World Wide Web, but there is information on the web that common search engines don't reach. Most of this is in databases of information that need to be searched directly from the specific website. More famously (or infamously), a small pocket of the deep web is filled with hyper-secret communities who flock there to escape identification from authorities.
To search the deep web, you'll have to install a browser that can open ".onion" links, such as Tor. After installing such a browser, you can use a deep web search engine such as Torch () or TorSearch () to look for deep web content.
Deep Web Databases
Locate databases with an ordinary search engine.You can use an ordinary search engine to find a "wildlife database," "hip hop database," or a similar term. Because the information in these databases can only be accessed by typing in a search term, not following a link, most search engine bots cannot find them, making that information part of the "deep web." The search engine can still lead you to the front page of the website, however, where you can use the search bar to make a more specific query.
- Free or partially free examples include , or .
Use a more specialized search for databases. is no longer up and running. You can still use it but it's not being updated. You can visit to locate a specialized search engine for finding databases and information on a specific topic only.
Research using the computer at an academic library.Libraries, especially ones attached to colleges and universities, often subscribe to a large number of pay-to-use databases, which contain information not found on ordinary search engines. Ask a librarian which databases they have available. You may even be able to access these databases using your library card information, but this depends on the specific library and database owner.
Browse the Internet Archive. attempts to collect digital information to preserve long-term. Browse its many collections to find archives of websites that have since vanished, difficult to find video and audio clips, and even online copies of early video game systems.
Understand the Tor network.This area of the deep web, sometimes called the Dark Net, is used for trades, conversations, and information that users want to keep private.Visitors must use software called Tor to access this region of the web, visiting websites with the ".onion" domain. While much of this activity is illegal or legally grey, this is also an area used by journalists to talk to anonymous sources, and by people interested in the concept of an ultra-private internet.
- Accessing this area of the deep web is legal, although that may not apply to activities you participate in there.
Download the Tor Browser.Tor is a free service that lets you connect to web pages anonymously, making it extremely difficult for anyone to track your internet activity if you follow the right precautions. Many deep web communities can only be accessed through the Tor network, since they are founded on anonymity, privacy, and secrecy. to begin accessing this network.
- Web pages on the Tor network tend to be unreliable, often going down for hours, days, or permanently. They can be slow to load as well, since Tor is routing your connection through other people's computers to protect your anonymity.
- While Tor browsers exist for Android and iOS, these are not secure and not recommended.Similarly, Tor add-ons for other browsers are not secure and are usually not supported by the Tor organization.
Protect your anonymity.Accessing the deep web tor network is legal, but many people take advantage of the anonymity to engage in illegal activity. Taking these precautions is highly recommended to avoid malicious attacks or tracking by law enforcement agencies:
- Click the "S" logo to the left of the Tor Browser address bar, and click "Forbid scripts globally."
- Turn on your windows or Mac firewall.
- Never download any file from a Tor web page, not even a .pdf or .doc file. Torrent-sharing is especially insecure.
Start with a deep web introduction from the "surface web" communities for up-to-date instructions and advice.Try posting on the subreddits , , or .
- Most of the deep web links in this section are only accessible through Tor, not ordinary browsers.
Use a deep web search engine. The deep web is intentionally difficult to explore and maintain, so these search engines may not be as effective as you are used to on the ordinary internet. In order to find a variety of results, try using several of them for each search, such as Torch (http://xmh57jrzrnw6insl.onion/) and TorSearch (http://kbhpodhnfxl3clb4.onion/).
- If you're looking for a well-known deep web site, even a mainstream search engine like google can often find a link.
Use specialized deep web services. While the deep web is infamous for illegal activity, there are legitimate sites as well. Some are based on familiar concepts, like image sharing (e.g., http://www.zw3crggtadila2sg.onion/imageboard/). Others are more unique to deep web culture, such as secure whistleblowing sites (e.g., http://5r4bjnjug3apqdii.onion/) and eBook collections focused on subversive works (e.g., https://xfmro77i3lixucja.onion.lt/).
Talk to deep web denizens. This area of the deep web loses major websites constantly, partly due to crackdowns on illegal activity, and partly because many of the websites are run by individuals or small teams without any funding. To find out the latest replacements or hot spots, talk to people using OnionChat (http://www.chatrapi7fkbzczr.onion/).
QuestionWhy should I cover my webcam when browsing?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThis is so that no one can hack into your webcam and see who you are, what you are doing, or even take snapshots or videos of you.Thanks!
QuestionIs the deep web dangerous?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNot all of the deep web is dangerous. The illegal part of the deep web is normally known as the Dark Web, and those parts of the web are more likely to get you hacked than some places on the deep web and if you use those. If you're planning to venture through the deep web, get some extra software that will protect you more then Tor or Tails will. Keep your webcam covered at all times while browsing and make sure your IP can't be traced. Not all horror stories about the deep web are true, and there are some good parts of it, i.e the hacker sites whose goals are to take down sick and twisted sites. Try to stay on the bright side of the deep web, and don't go to suspicious links.Thanks!
QuestionCan you still get hacked on the safe side of the deep web?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, you are never protected 100% from being hacked.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use the deep web to learn hacking and hack big databases without anyone's knowledge?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerMaybe, it depends on your skill level. Don't forget that big sites also have very tough security to disable access to anonymous users.Thanks!
QuestionIf I want to use an email on the dark web, can I use a yahoo mail or is there a mail service for the dark web?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThere are several e-mail services on the deep web that promise anonymity, but like with everything on the deep web, you should be careful about what you choose and use.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do if I use the deep web?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can use it like the regular web, but mostly people go there to have a more private interaction, some of it illegal, so beware. It helps to have a SPECIFIC idea of what you are looking for. Sites, like Google and Yahoo, run on sponsorship to generate income. They attempt to gain as much data on you as they can to target you for advertising or steer you toward their investors/sponsors. They run filters on your search entries to steer you from sites that don’t generate income for them. Think of the regular web as meeting someone at the mall and talking to them and the dark web as talking to them in yours (or their) home. Again, be prudent with whom you invite or chat.Thanks!
QuestionCan I learn hacking in the Deep Web?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, you can.Thanks!
QuestionCan I learn programming on the deep web?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerA safer way of learning how to code is by using resources that can be found on the surface web. Such as Code.org.Thanks!
QuestionHow safe is it to surf for drugs?Mafe SoaresCommunity AnswerIt depends on the drug you're searching and your country's laws relating to that substance. If it's forbidden, it will be pretty unsafe.Thanks!
QuestionCan I access the deep web using DuckDuckGo.?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. DuckDuckGo is probably the most widely used browser paired with tor. It is the only browser that doesn't track you.Thanks!
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