Top 5 Deep Web Myths (and why it’s not as exciting as you think it is)

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The Deep Web (otherwise known as DarkNet, Undernet or the Invisible Web), has a simple definition:

“A website that is not available through searching for it on Google and the like”

After having some quite heated conversations over the last couple of weeks (with some quasi-technically savvy people I should add), I’ve put this list together to hopefully clarify some points, I appreciate it’ll take away quite a lot of the mystery of the whole thing, but here we go…

1 – The deep web is a portal to information that others don’t want you to have

Status – Partially True

Yes, it’s true, the “Deep Web” exists, and people store on it information they don’t want you (as Joe Public) to have.  But not for the reasons you probably think.

I’ve worked with some pretty large organisations in my time, one smaller one had 7.1Tb of office documents, images, and the odd movie on their intranet.  This intranet also had a 9.6Gb database full of other information.

Now this system mentioned above was accessible via the internet, and had some pretty heavy security features (for pretty obvious reason).  However, since it was relating to the companies operational factors (and not full of alien autopsies) it would make pretty boring reading to even the most ardent of conspiracy theory buff.  The only way you could get on is if the company in question gave you a log on.

Deep web yes, interesting probably no.  But still fits into the definition.

2 – Hiding Information from Search Engines Is Rare & Indicates Some Deep Web

Status – False

Most sites hide some information from search engines.  Gyp the Cat dot Com hides information from search engines.  It’s a very common thing to do.  There is a file on web servers called robots.txt, and one called sitemap.xml.

These files tell the search engines what they can and can’t look at on the site.  Telling a search engine not to look at something doesn’t indicate it’s exciting, it usually indicates the exact opposite.  When a webmaster excludes a directory it’s usually full of techie stuff (ie programming) that would actually damage a sites ranking on a search engine.  It’s not so much being evil, it’s more about being a responsible net-citizen.

So there can be certain parts of sites that are available via a search engine, and other (none interesting stuff) that isn’t.  Good practice.

Deep web yes, interesting probably no.  But still fits into the definition.

3 – Websites make you confirm you’re a human being must be hiding something

Status – False

This theory goes that some websites make you prove you’re human before they let you on, that happens, it’s true (ie Captchas, query boxes, simple arithmetic etc).  However they’re not necessarily hiding something.

People seem to loose their common sense on this one.  Search boxes on websites, how is a search engine supposed to know what to type in, any information gained from a search on a website is probably “Deep Web”.  However, many Webmasters use a search engines own code to let them have access to all the data.  Plus many sites allow you to access the results by clicking any way.  So most the data will be accessible.

Now, lets take the example from the 1st Myth I posted above.  To get to some of the 9.6Gb stored on the database you had to search for it.  You had to search like a human would.  It’s not hidden, it’s there available (to employees).

Now, the occasional site really doesn’t want automatic search bot or crawler bot on their site at all.  Discussion forums are one example, if what is being discussed is changing so quickly that a web crawler taking a snap shot of the information would be an unfair gauge of whats on there.

4 – Freenet, Tor and others of the ilk are deep web

Status – Partially True

Freenet appears to be a content distribution platform built around peer-less VPN technology.  Tor appears to be a content distribution platform built around multiple peers with an inbuilt proxy service.

In looking at this entry of the list we need to look at the content inside the delivery platforms.  Search engines don’t have the mechanism to look inside these encrypted sessions (although I dare say though governments or those without enough resource could possibly look at it), but again that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s of any interest.  Tor was invented by the US Navy for secure communications.

Many corporate bodies use similar systems, and see Issue 1 about that.  It’s called site to site VPN, and usually uses IPSec.  I’ve worked in the UK where all my internet traffic was going out via the USA.  This is the exact same set up as above.  And again Issue 1 is that it’s the fact that it’s sensible information, but again no alien autopsies here.

So again, Google isn’t interested because there is nothing of interest.

5 – The size of the Deep Web is immense!

Status – True (but not for the reasons people think)

Going back to our definition on Issue 1, if we look at the size of the website for the same company.  I dare say it was no bigger than 10mb.  Verses 7.2TB on their internal information store.  This is not a rare occurrence.  Companies do not make their private information publicly available.

The hidden web is bigger, but there’s nothing exciting here for Joe Public.  Any platform that is accessible via the internet seems to fit into the definition of the Deep Web.  So that includes intranet sites, the like of Google Docs and other such document collaboration tools.  Google are aware that the so called Deep Web exists, and they sell appliances to business to search internally.

Don’t forget also some information cannot be searched easily.  YouTube for instance contains TBs of information, yet searching on it is only as good (usually) as the people describing their own videos.  Books and libraries online are sometimes only accesible to those with permission, yet they are not available via Google and you usually can only logon if you a member of that institution (for instance Colleges and Universities).

48 Comments on "Top 5 Deep Web Myths (and why it’s not as exciting as you think it is)"

  1. anonymous says:

    You’re an idiot. I’ve been in deep networks all over the place and I have read and seen shit you couldn’t even fathom. The surface web is quite small compared to the amount of information and gold nuggets you can get in the deep networks. Penetration is necessary to get this information and I have done this many times. I was able to boost my pure intelligence greatly with gold nuggets scattered about these deep networks, I have mathematical algorithms memorized which enable me to mentally calculate above the level of a savant that was born with the gift, this information is not given to the public and many of the governments keep it secret/esoteric. Knowledge can lead to intelligence and vice versa. The deep networks have changed my life and opened my eyes to understand things that other people do not understand and could never understand unless they have this gold too. I don’t share my gold with anyone and I don’t care to. I have brought this proof and this argument to you because I know you’re wrong, but I will not show my cards to you because I don’t really care. For those of you reading this — get there to the deep networks and find this shit yourselves and you will be amazed. Never stop looking for knowledge and truth. All information should be free; knowledge belongs to the world yadda yadda. I would share some of this fruit with you all, but this fruit is that much sweeter when you find it yourself.

    • gyp says:

      Hi there Anon, thanks for dropping by and thanks for taking the time to write your comment.

      A couple of points I’d like to make, firstly I agree with you entirely in that the deepweb is huge, it is easily magnitudes of scale larger than the surface web. However not all of this magnitude is anything worth looking at, namely corporate systems and online academic libraries.

      The next point I’d like to make is that I’ve heard the argument before that only the enlightened or those who search for something will gain enlightenment from it. This has been repeated over the centuries by many quasi philosophical and religious bodies. In saying that knowledge should be free yet not providing any help or assistance to find it you seem to be contradicting your own stance somewhat.

      Again thank you for taking the time to write your comment, it’s always good to hear peoples views on things I find interesting :)

      Gyp

    • anonymous2 says:

      so much bs for “I don’t care”

    • whypixy says:

      Uhhm yeah,
      I agree with anonymous. I run from marketing of all types and I realize that there is just as much marketing in the deep web, but it’s immense size allows me to go further away from it. It reminds me of what the “net ” used to be. I would venture to say that the 10% web is for the more narrow minded human and the other 90% for the broader, more adventurous minded human. This is just a hunch, but I bet you giggle at a geico commercial.

  2. J Pedro Veiga says:

    Great read.

  3. A Holman says:

    the deep web does have some disturbing stuff, but only a small portion of it is. So it is rarely seen.

    • gyp says:

      Thanks for dropping by.

      I agree, but I dare say you can find disturbing content on the surface web too. I’d also be interested in ratios, since the “deep web” is so much bigger than the hidden web I’d be curious if the ratio is similar across both webs :)

      • anonymous says:

        You can find disturbing content on the surface web too, but there you can’t find any place to buy drugs, military weaponry and stolen stuff, hire a hitman, look at [redacted], [redacted] and a mix of the two. As well as other more disturbing stuff that I just don’t remember at the moment. Please don’t say that the surface web can be as disturbing as the deep web, it sounds stupid. Though it’s true that the interesting things in there are actually not so much, the big part of the deep web users is using only a small part of the deep web that is way smaller than the surface web.

        • gyp says:

          Hey there Anon,

          Thanks for taking the time to comment.

          I can appreciate what you’re saying. Here in the UK their is an initiative underway to remove some of the things you mention from the surface web and make content delivery (eg search engines) more accountable for what they are providing to people, so there is obviously some disturbing stuff out there on the surface web too.

          I also like what you’re saying about deepweb users only using a small part of the deepweb, this seems to help my assertion that things you mention are more readily available on deepweb.

          Thanks again,

          Gyp

  4. Wynton says:

    I stumbled on an ebook on Amazon that focuses on the secrecy and security side of the Deep Web – accessing Tor and adding on all sorts of elements to keep you anonymous. It’s not a guide to the Deep Web as such but its incredibly useful and surprising that you really can travel the surface web anonymously as well as access hidden networks. Its as much about protecting yourself from the corporate big boys as it is about hiding from governments, etc. I don’t think I’m allowed to plug books here (am I?) by if you type Deep Web into Amazon there really aren’t that many books to choose from.

  5. hoffmansFly says:

    Good article indeed, i have been on deep web it’s been 1 year and i have seen some things. I haven’t had access to this called “big amout of information” yet and i can’t tell if it is true or not, hope it is. I don’t completly agree with what i am about to paste here as i think we should first warn our kids and let them choose what they want to learn and experience…they are born free spirits. My computer doesn’t have any content restriction software and i have never seen my little sister who is 10 years old now searching for inappropriate content over the internet. Maybe because she knows some things are not worth watching…it seems that they don’t wan’t to negatively impact their life somehow, they are really smart :)

    “Data itself isn’t good nor bad, data just represents the surrounding reality. The more data we may access, the more accurate model we may create of the reality, thereby also define our actions in ways that are maximally beneficial to our aims. The net must not be restricted by moral, ethical nor legal issues prevailing in different world locations, data must flow freely.”

    Author? It don’t know…people on deep web don’t seem to care about this

  6. anon says:

    your an idiot the deep web is in fact a great place to buy illegal drugs and hire assassins. even nuclear weapons. so u and ur tech savvy freind can lick my nutsack. oh and there is a difference between deepweb and the DARK NTERNET

    • gyp says:

      Hi, thanks for dropping by.

      I’ve got little doubt you could do all the things you mentioned on the “surface” web too. My whole argument is that people seem to loose common sense when talking about websites not indexed by web browsers. There is very large number of those sites which class as Deepweb, but they are not in the least part interesting.

  7. notanon says:

    The deep web is a load of crap. The surface web and deep web are synonymous. A lot of children claim they find deeply powerful information on the deep side. I can find sources just as easily, and more of them on the surface. Internet lore, for the kids to fathom about. In fact, I’ve met people who create things in deep web just to help the story out. They may claim to have weapons but they in fact have nothing. Furthermore, they’ve been contacted by the government about what the pages they created. There is no such thing as anonymous, and you’d be shocked what the government can see.

    • gyp says:

      Hi,

      Thanks for taking the time to write an excellent comment! I see your logic entirely and agree.

      I think as the previous commenter points out there is a difference between the academic use of the term “deep web”, and the term “dark internet” which has been constructed and probably along the lines you mention.

      Thanks again,

      Gyp

  8. Kendo Bartle says:

    I can’t accept stuff from someone who can’t spell ‘LOSE’

  9. DWb1771 says:

    I agree that it’s a lot bigger than surface web is. However, most of it, is information that is not interesting for the majority of the surfers (like you said, intranet stuff, corp. stuff that wouldn’t change the MAJORITY of people’s lifes).
    Although, industry spying gives you lots of money. Terrorists can learn how to be a terrorist. How to use, create and fire a gun. A bomb. A drug. If government can track you that much how come they don’t arrest HUGE ********** sites, forums and people? *********** forums with actually brutal *********** scenes? You can find out sites with “dad’s” archive from their daughters beach trip, exposing on a *********** subject. If they can trace your IP even with encrypting and dynamic proxys, and still don’t arrest people…man, world’s lost. My momma once said to me that governments needs evil and crimes, althought they need control over it. And from what I understand, Deep Web gives countries’ government no control at all.

    Ideology opression is what we’ve been suffering of from the last years. And yes, if you make people think, they will think, and they will turn against opression, even if it’s not physical (which makes revolution processes faster). Now, if you assume that Deep Web really makes you anonymous (as I believe), truth and knowledge that “they” don’t want you to have, could be there yes, sir.

    That was always my point of view. I hope you read it and answer it.
    Sorry for my english mistakes if I made some.

    • gyp says:

      Thanks for taking the time to write an excellent and constructive comment. Your English is good :)

      I dare say that everything you’ve mentioned could be found on the surface web, if you knew where to look or how to look.

      From this article and peoples comments I’ve got to thinking about the deep web more, and I suppose it could be argued that Tor has content that is aimed towards specific demographics and isn’t censored by search engines or webmasters. I can imagine some of this content could be gleaned from the surface web, but on the likes of Tor it’s given prominence hence it finds it’s audience easier. As you mention with oppression it’s the lack of censorship that makes Tor interesting from this perspective.

      There are sites on the internet that help you look at Surface Web sites you may not come across before, try Stumble Upon as an example. Now I’m not saying that it is deep web, all I’m saying is it’s a way to explore an interest without search engine interference. Sometimes Stumble Upon some fascinating reading and I learn a lot using it. More I dare say than the couple of times I’ve been on Tor and Freenet.

      Thanks again,

      Gyp

  10. Observer says:

    I have been in the deep web. Mostly it is full of sick people, i call them sick only because normal individuals don’t behave that way. Those “sick” individuals might have there explanations which are completely logical to them and them only.
    Now, we say there should be a freedom of information. Does it include *****? Does it include ***** stuffs? Does it include ***** and bizarre stuffs? Who wants to see a person under wheels? who wants to see a kid being *****? who wants to see a ***** or ***** video? So, you see Deep Web is just bullshit.
    i doubt whether there is someone who can really vouch for the folklore that says deep web is the holy grail of information and all. If there is someone out there please do the honors show us noobs some real info which you assume to be true. I don’t want to learn how to make bombs or how to kill someone but i want to learn some true wisdom.
    One thing about deep web that i personally like is that it gives an individual from a oppressive country to raise his voice which i think is very necessary.
    There is huge information on the surface web itself let alone deep web.
    Last but not the least good job GYP nice post.

    • gyp says:

      Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for very useful and constructive insights :)

      I agree, there should be freedom of information to an extent, but when that freedom encroaches on someone elses more important rights it should be curtailed. I’m not sure how the likes of Wikileaks fits into my definition though.

      Thanks again,

      Gyp

      PS Sorry for the late response, I’ve been very busy.

  11. kgiro680 says:

    Judging by the comments, most people are not realizing what you are getting at. If you go on the Hiddenwiki and follow some of their links, then yes, you can find a lot of cool, albeit useless information. But the “deepweb” isn’t an actual place, it just refers to sites that aren’t indexed in search engines (usually for good reason–because there is virtually no need to do so). Most of the deepweb is just junk that programmers purposefully left out in the search engine index; not to hide something, but just so it wouldn’t be in the way.

    I’m guessing ‘Anonymous’ here is 16, a /b/tard, and has only been to a few sites on the Hiddenwiki. That comment was so absurd that I’m surprised you responded at all.

    • gyp says:

      I agree entirely kgiro, there is the literal definition of “deep web” as you mention, and then there is the likes of Tor that can also be “deep web” but they don’t represent the whole definition.

      As for Anon, well everyone is entitled to their opinions and I’m also willing to listen and see if I can learn more ;) Again some people believe that Tor is the whole deep web, but we know it’s not.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

      Gyp

  12. E. Gasçon says:

    We all get lulled to thinking that the big G rules, but not when the dark net is involved. My input: http://www.findthatfile.com, a file based search engine (vertical ‘deep web’ search) that searches contents, extracts, internal metadata and almost every major source and file type from over 300 million URLs.

  13. Jose Suarez says:

    What a great read, thanks for taking the time and the bother. I’ve just heard all this stuff abut the “deep web” recently and I’m really skeptical, it seems like a hoax or something. Not because of the existence of the web itself, but because of the content of the myths. Even so, I stumbled across articles such as this one
    http://brightplanet.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/12550176481-deepwebwhitepaper1.pdf

    wich seem fairly serious and claim that the the deep web is at least 400 bigger than the surface web, the quality of information is much greater, and the contents of pages are dynamically generated (wich doesn’t seem to be the case of coporations databases and the like, or am i wrong?) Is this all false, is this true and it applies to to the descrption you’ve posted, or what is it?
    Sorry for the bad english

    • gyp says:

      Hi Jose,

      Thanks for stopping by :)

      You mention the deep web being 400 times bigger than the surface web, I’d be tempted to agree. I think however it does include corporate databases and companies have much more information internally than they do on their websites. Hence my logic that the deep web will be bigger! Sharepoint is a big corporate product and it’s a website :)

      Gyp

  14. someonewhoexploreddeepwebabit says:

    Hey guys!I have been exploring the deep web for a few days and i am in the position to mention that the things that exist there are really “heavy”. You will have to be prepared to see things that are “REAL” and not acceptable by society. You can see from drug,weapon dealers, hitmen, the worst scums of the planet like [redacted] and c[redacted], also atrocities like [redacted](!!!!),[redacted], [redacted] (and consider that even me i found it kinda “too much” and i am a [redacted] fan in surface web,being a member of any [redacted] site),but of course i realized that the “good” side of the deep web is much harder to be found. I ‘ve managed to find some great knowledge and I ‘m sure there is much more…I m not a hacker to go much deeper but I wish someone could help me to come across with the interesting part of the deep web and do not encounter all these hideous stuff each time I try to find something new.But anyway if you have a weak stomach or you are narrow minded never visit deep web..if you are seeking for knowledge and you are ready to put yourself in a challenge do it.I hope there were some people to track and hunt down to death all these child molesters…but usually nerds cant be vigilantes in real life…

    • gyp says:

      Hey there,

      Thanks for dropping by :) Sorry for redacting some of your comment, I hope to have kept it’s meaning intact. Not words I want associated with my website.

      As you mention I’m sure you can find some of that content on the surface web if you knew where to look. I think that they make it easier to find on the deep web, as opposed to hiding it on the surface web.

      All the best for your future explorations!

      Gyp

  15. Minus says:

    Hey everyone,

    I’ve explored this “deep web”. I don’t think it’s the deep web. It seems to me that tor does not access the deep web. It’s just a secret part of the surface web. Kind of like a row of secret markets in an alley somewhere. I think the actual deep web would be sort of like a parallel internet. Constructed with different coding and perhaps hardware.

    Minus

    • gyp says:

      Hi Minus :)

      Wow those are some interesting ideas! The reason many give tor as being deep web is because its not searchable by Google, and that pretty much fits the definition.

      Happy exploring!

      Gyp

  16. S. R. says:

    Hey gyp! I’m glad i red your article and I found it great.

    I started searching more on the topic since a friend was talking to me about the tons of information that could be found in the deepweb, but everything I found seemed like fancy tales of crazy who knows who algorithms and the location of the atlantis, etc.

    I believe that the so called deep web is wrongly called that way since most of it stills being content that can be accessed through the surface, it is just that due to the “strong” content it is in purpose designed to not be reachable by search engines and directory crawlers.

    The thing is that as far as I can perceive most of the information hidden is not information that will grant you any wisdom or anything like it, is not like finding the secret recipe to make gold out of stones as many believe, but instead a place to find stuff and videos that children shouldn’t be able to find by searching over google for obvious reasons.

    What I really wonder is if people with great ideas or great knowledge would be willing to dig this knowledge or ideas and hide them from the common people to make it available for only those real deepest diggers..

    Again thanks for the article!

    salvitch.

    • gyp says:

      Hi SR,

      Thanks for dropping by!

      I’ve also noticed that recently the likes of Tor has been made surface web with the likes of services of http://www.onion.to. So in theory Google can even crawl Onion sites straight from the surface web… So does that mean that Tor is no longer hidden? I don’t know the answer to that.

      I think a lot of organizations “hide” knowledge and data on their private systems (which is good). The other option is that if I found some secret knowledge and had some commercial value, rather than hide it on somewhere like Freenet I’d be tempted instead to try and make some money from it…

      Happy exploring :)

      Gyp

  17. undead says:

    hey dark web is simply a web of other information.
    go deeper in the dark web
    you can even buy an alien, a pet fairy and event examine the hell.
    deep web is simply for exploring new whole information on using the internet.
    go deeper in the dark web, lets see what you gonna say.

    • gyp says:

      Hi Undead,

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Sounds interesting, however I am a bit of a skeptic and if you provided directions I may not be as skeptical…

      Gyp

  18. i think the darknet has no place on earth where you can sell gun`s drug human rights as a hole and have no cumback from the lore the sort of thing you get on the darknet pure evil and its a way of keeping drug dealer pockets lined with money and we all pay the price all of use if you need to hide when your on the net you shud not be on there and ar looking of a way to by sell and look and thing you shod get lock up for it’s about time something was done about it and not talking abut the small good thing you cant find or do it just doesn’t add up it is a criminal network run by criminal to make money and ruine the lives hundred of million people

    • gyp says:

      Hi There,

      Thanks for dropping by!

      I’m imaging you are specifically thinking about the likes of Freenet and Tor here. From my understanding they were setup to offer anonymity and unaccountability to their users. With a setup like this I can understand why they are such an attractive place for the kind of situations you mention.

      I’m sure if they ever become such a major problem then governments would possibly look to limiting access. But you are right it isn’t morally acceptable and the content you mention I’m sure can be found on the normal web too.

      However blocking the other deepwebs, eg corporate systems would be a major step in the wrong direction.

      Thanks again,

      Gyp

  19. Nick says:

    Should I explore it? I really crave knowledge and things I wouldn’t be able to learn through a typical source. Where do I start digging? Can easily avoid the child porn or the other atrocities the show on there?

  20. vince says:

    hi the deep/hidden/dark Internet is from what i have witnessed is mostly iligal/ilisit. most people on these sites are buying/selling drugs/weapons/assassinations/hacking software/stolen goods/[redacted]/forgaers and so much more that i havent acsesd because i font have the time. i cant see any legit reason to be on their. yes tor makes you annonamas but i think the risks out waghy the benefits. thanks for the stimulating conversation.

  21. Alex says:

    Very mature explaining, thanks

  22. J. says:

    Thanks for the article. I found it quite enlightening about just what was the “deep web”. I liked your point about despite being enormous, the deep web contain far less interesting information than one would expect. Hell, my spam filled inbox is part of the deep web too i suppose!

    • gyp says:

      Glad it came in useful for you. You’re right of course your mailbox probably fits the definition of deep web too! Had never thought of that one.

  23. Forced_Anon says:

    Thank you for the information! And to most everyone who commenting, thank you as well. The input really added to the argument.

    I am researching the group/culture/movement, known as “Anonymous.” I have done a great deal of research, but my research has now lead me to the deep net. Can you explain the difference between the deep web and the dark net, if there is a difference? Someone who assumed the name Anonymous mentioned it briefly (Feb. 27, 2012) without specifying much.

    Have a great day and Happy New Year!

    • gyp says:

      Hey there Anon,

      Happy new year to you too and thanks for stopping by.

      The way I’m starting to think is that the “Deep Web” is the unsearchable, eg library databases, email boxes etc. Just about anything that isn’t on Google and there is a lot of it. But it’s not necessarily any fun.

      The “Dark Net” (the way in which the media have started using the term) seems to be Tor, Freenet and i2p. Or any other encrypted point(s) to point(s) channel. These are used for various purposes and with various types of users and actively provide confidentiality to their users.

      The interesting thing for me is Anonymous, which I see as being more social and political movement as opposed to a group. Yes I imagine there are some fairly static Anonymous member but I’d imagine it ebbs and flows as people take up specific interests. You see quite a lot of people taking up Anonymous persona all over the world.

      Thanks again for taking the time to comment,

      Gyp

  24. House Food says:

    Omg…I really wish the “anonfags” would realize the hit-men for hire and nuclear arms dealer type content is nothing but a joke on them…we made most of that stuff up to portray and give it the allure of a secret underworld rather than the mass multitude of useless boring information it really is…/b/

  25. Aditya Patil says:

    I see the surface web, deep web thing this way. Lets say I’m creating a website and storing some data, why would I choose deep web instead of surface? I came up with these reasons.
    1. It’s illegal.
    2.Govt. would kill me for posting it.
    3. it’s just uninteresting data no one would be interested in(like employee databases)
    4. It’s so damn fake that I don’t have the daring to post it with my real identity.(like Photoshopped UFOs, aliens)
    5. I’m one of those 14-15 year old kids who would chat rubbish on everything like sex.
    6.I’m a person with lots and lots of free time and some reasonable tech knowledge, and can do nothing but try things out.

    So any normal person would at most be interested in point 2, and that would probably be 0.01% or less of deep web.

    Can you come up with more possible reasons? what do you say on my view? do reply.

  26. Aditya Patil says:

    One more thing that I missed in last comment.

    reading other comments, I think that few of close relatives are not the only people in the world that accept almost everything they read, hear as true. I, always believe that what I read, hear is intended to put me on wrong way, so I check it, verify it twice, thrice from respectable sources, and ONLY then I believe it. and this includes everything, ex. this post.

    My own experience with deep web tells that your blog post is correct. Sadly all people don’t think my way.

    Here in India, it’s speculated that every year 5000 billion rupees are spent on religious things like donations to temples, gifts to god,etc. This is more than what we require to fill the stomachs of every Indian for whole year.

    I may be getting off-topic, but all that I want to say and ask is ” why don’t people use there common sense? why don’t they ask question on every fact and myth? why don’t they use the same logic and common sense they use while buying the best toilet paper when it comes to believing internet stuff or some fake images on fb? why?”

    I feel pity on people like anon who don’t use there brain. That’s all.

    • gyp says:

      Thanks for dropping by Aditya!

      You make some good points, and I dare say I could imagine the motivation for each one.

      I think taking the “traditional” approach to the deep-web in that organisations have internal systems (like your #3) that they don’t allow to be trawled by the search engines. This I am very confident makes up the vast majority of the size of the “deep-web”.

      I think people like sensationalism and like secrets; and the two make the deep-web seem more exciting than it probably is. Or I should clarify it makes people think that the deep-web is just what they find on Tor, and it isn’t.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment such insightful comments :) All the best,

      Gyp

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