The internet is a vast, confusing space housing more information and facilitating more communication than humans ever could have imagined. The list of billions of websites and URLs on the World Wide Web continues to grow every day. It can be hard to understand how simple searches and online operations work, let alone the deeper levels of the internet. The dark web, in particular, has a well-earned reputation for being especially complicated and foreboding.
There are three basic parts of the web:
- Surface web: Available through your internet browser, the open web consists of a collection of static pages
- Deep web: Also referred to as the invisible web, the deep web consists of content only available with a link and proper login credentials. Deep web content is not accessible to search engine crawlers that indexes open web pages. The deep web is estimated to be up to 500 times larger than the surface web.
- Dark web: Specialized software is needed to access dark web content, a small fraction of the internet primarily used for illicit or illegal activities.
What is the Dark Web and What is It Used For?
You cannot find the dark web through search engines like Google or Bing. It houses ways to buy and sell products and services illegally without showing up on public searches or browsers. Dark web content is sent through layers and relays of encrypted traffic the world effectively hiding it from the rest of the World Wide Web.
The dark web features the kind of security and privacy safeguards needed to operate outside the view of regular online activity. Users can conceal their identity and location when accessing content and communicating with others on the deep web.
Dark Web Access
To access content on the dark web, specialized software must be downloaded. The Onion Router, or TOR, connects with extended relays and acts as a browser to get to dark web sites, as well as traditional open web site content. TOR allows users to surf anonymously and use untraceable cryptocurrencies for transactions.
Once inside, users of the dark web can find a confusing juggernaut of inactive sites, broken links, and messy interface functionality. Dark web site operators are unconcerned with the parameters and guidelines that open site content is subjected to. There is no incentive to keep the content fresh or SEO-compliant.
How Can the Dark Web Affect Your Business?
The potential dangers of the dark web can affect businesses of all sizes and industries. Users of the dark web may have the ability to access information and processes crucial to the operation of your business. Customer, operational, and financial data, intellectual property, and the overall digital security of your company can be at risk.
Keeping Your Business Safe from the Dark Web
There are no rules or laws in the dark web. It consists of users continually improving on ways to conduct business off the grid, and methods to get into the infrastructure of other companies with ill intents. If they can get to you and your business, they will.
The only way businesses can adequately protect themselves from the potential dangers of the dark web can inflict is to set up a comprehensive cybersecurity system with constant monitoring and updating as technology and process methods change and advance in the digital age.
Keep Your Company Safe with VantagePoint
The large majority of content and users on the deep web are unscrupulous. Prevent your company’s sensitive information from getting onto the dark web! Contact a member of the VantagePoint team today to ensure that your systems and networks are secure, and private information is kept from prying eyes.