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Dark Web 101

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Air Force Air Command and Staff College Maxwell AFB United States

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Todays internet has multiple webs. The surface web is what Google and other search engines index and pull based on links. Essentially, the surface web is the master index of publically available indexes providing returns to searches based on search terms and links. The surface web is small at only 4. The second, called the deep web, consists of roughly 96 or the rest of the web. The deep web consists of protected sites that require users to input data to get access email or online banks, unlinked content unpublished blogs or organizational databases, proprietary data study results, financial records, research and development, and personal data medical records or legal documents. These are all deep web. Standard search engines dont have access to these sites and therefore cannot search them. The last web is the dark web, a part of the deep web. It requires specific software, logins, and knowledge to access. This is home to hidden sites that prefer to stay in the dark.

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