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5/10/2019
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Demystifying the Dark Web: What You Need to Know

The Dark Web and Deep Web are not the same, neither is fully criminal, and more await in this guide to the Internet's mysterious corners.
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If you ask the average consumer about the Dark Web, chances are good they won't have a positive response. Most people assume the Dark Web is malicious – if they know about it at all.

Over the years, and especially of late with breaches and hackers making headlines, the Dark Web's reputation has been crafted by high-profile arrests and sensational news stories. Films and television shows have also shaped public perception. Even four to five years ago, people within the technology and security industries had a skewed opinion of what the Dark Web is.

"Anyone who was familiar with it typically had an outlandish view of what was happening there," says Emily Wilson, vice president of research at Terbium Labs. In recent years, the industry has begun to have more developed conversations, discussing how the Dark Web is changing, how it's responding to different events, and how it fits into their cyber-risk strategies. Employees in the finance and tech spaces, where security is paramount, are especially aware.

Still, she adds, most modern consumers are a few years behind. More have heard of the Dark Web, but those who have are afraid of it. "Their feeling about the Deep and Dark Web is it's just this bad place," adds Flashpoint chief strategy officer Chris Camacho.

So what exactly is the Dark Web, and how is it different from the Deep Web? How do they both work, and what goes on there? Here, we hope to fill in the gaps. We spoke with Dark Web experts, who answer your FAQs about the unknown Internet.

 

 

 

 

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Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio
 

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10/29/2019 | 9:08:32 AM
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But isn't it right? I do think that most people don't have their fears out of nowhere, and this perception about the dark web was created based on something. It might be not as bad as it's portrayed, but it's definitely not a safe place as well. I would like to try it out and see how it looks like, but I'm currently still debating if it's worth it. I heard that you have to use Tor to access it, although I also have SurfsharkVPN; hopefully, that will increase my safety if I decide to take a glimpse
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