The Deep and Dark Web: What You Should Know

The Deep and Dark Web: What You Should Know

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.

Don’t trust Internet connections you don’t know. Using public Wi-Fi is convenient but, can be a huge risk for your company and personal data. Coffee shops, malls, restaurants, hotels and airports make no guarantee about their Internet connections. As a matter of fact, they generally have you agree to specific terms of use releasing them of all liability for your browsing experience. The security on these networks is extremely lax or may even be nonexistent. Hotspots are a common place for Man-in-the Middle (MitM) attacks, snooping, and spoofing. MitM is when someone is eavesdropping on your activities and intercepting your information. Snooping or sniffing is exactly as the name presents it; a person tagging along with you using special software to capture everything you see on your computer. Other criminals will simply spoof the Wi-Fi connection all together changing one little detail about the connection name. Hotels are notorious for these types of fake hotspots. You may see something like Hilton_Guest and then you may see, HiltonGuest1. Be sure to check with the business you are visiting to ensure you’re on their true connection if you must use a hotspot.

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.