What we know as the World Wide Web is only the tip of the iceberg. There is a much larger online World that dwarfs what we normally access everyday known as the Deep Web. The Guardian UK and Bright Planet estimates the Deep Web to be five hundred times larger than what is considered regular accessible Internet.
Changing your browser to private browsing or finding a proxy site like privatebrowsing.info may minimise your online footprint but accessing the Deep Web takes it onto a whole other level. It holds 96 percent of the World’s Internet and is completely anonymous. Sometimes called the Invisible Web, it has content that can’t be indexed by search engines. No matter how clever the search engine, there is no way of accessing the Deep Web without a specialised browser.
Drugs, weapons, identities, child pornography and hit man can all be bought on the dark web. As curious as one may be, tiptoeing around this underworld is very dangerous. But why access the Deep Web? Military, authorities and journalists use the Deep Web, it has the ability to gain much larger information and have complete privacy.
The Australian Federal Police have been involved with instances revolving around the Deep Web such as intercepting packages from an online market site, better known as Silk Road. There was another case earlier in the year where a Victorian man was caught and explained how he purchased his fake ID using the dark web. It is an ambiguous online World that only until recently local and international authorities are currently getting their heads around.
The most downloaded browser to access the Invisible Web is TOR (The Onion Router) but there are other programs such as Iron, which does the job just as well. Accessing and downloading the software is all legal in Australia and only takes a few minutes to set up. Much of the information is readily accessible without breaking any local laws or personal morals. However, a couple of wrong clicks and keystrokes may land you in prison.