Search Engines : The Deep Web

1539 WordsAug 14, 20147 Pages
Just when we already feel overwhelmed by the number of results returned when using search engines, such as Google, Bing, there is mounting evidence that there is a great deal that is not being searched – namely the Deep Web. Standard search engines are not indexing most of the information on the Web. Not only the Deep Web is a majority of Web content submerged within these sites, but it is also some of the best information on the Internet. Deep Web is a term used for World Wide Web content that is not part of the Surface Web (which is indexed by standard search engines). A recent publication have explored what the Deep Web is and the implications of it for users as Web searchers. According to Bergman’s article from the Journal of Electronic Publishing, the Deep Web is 400-550 times larger than the Surface Web. Since the Deep Web contents are not static and linked to any other pages, search engines cannot “see” or retrieve contents from the Deep Web, therefore, it becomes hidden. In order to access the Deep Web contents, users have to connect through a proxy service called Tor (short for “The Onion Router”). All activities through Tor are encrypted through multiple nodes in the network so that users’ information are difficult to trace, protecting their privacy. Since all contents on the Deep Web are covered by anonymity, a condition that make it attractive for the cybercrime industry that is moving its business in the region of cyberspace where it is really difficult to trace
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