What is the deep web?
The term deep web describes internet pages that aren’t on a search engine – if something doesn’t come up when you google it, it’s likely to be part of the deep web.
Information on the deep web isn’t necessarily illegal or dangerous – it includes paid content or pages with a paywall that you can access with a login. An example of this is Netflix.
Although you can find the login and marketing pages on a search engine, the majority of the content is private and needs a paid log in.
What’s the dark web?
The dark web is a small part of the deep web, which means it doesn’t come up on search engines like Google.
To access the dark web, you need to download special software that handles the required encryption. Because of its anonymity, the dark web is often used for crime.
Hackers often steal victims’ sensitive information and then try to sell the stolen data on dark web forums. This can include usernames, passwords, bank information and credit card numbers.