The deep web and dark web are two dramatically different things even though they are related. Here are a few things to consider to keep your information safe online.
What is the deep web?
The deep web is a part of the World Wide Web that holds content that doesn’t have a permanent URL. This means it is behind a paywall, password protected or dynamically generated. The deep web is not easily searchable by regular search engines. In general, it’s a fairly safe place as opposed to the dark web. Did you know that about 90% of the content online is actually blocked from standard search engines because it requires a user name and password for access? There are a bundle of things you probably visit daily that are housed in the deep web like your e-mail account, social media, online banking websites, legal documents, and medical records. A lot of items in the deep web contain information that you really wouldn’t want to show up in a Google search because it is private and could be used to hurt you or your business.
What is the dark web?
The dark web is actually a little piece of the deep web but, operates with a high degree of anonymity. The dark web is saturated with activities both harmless and criminal. The dark web is just as it sounds; it holds dark content or disturbing illegal content. You can readily find things like stolen information, disturbing services, as well as illicit substances or illegal items for sale.
How to keep your information safe online.
Use encryption to mask your information online.
This is the easiest and most effective method to make your data unreadable. Did you know that most routers come with the ability to encrypt data but, it’s not turned on by default? Make sure your regular Internet connections have encryption enabled to stay safe.