Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Deep Dark Web or Invisible Web

Did you even know something like that existed? I didn't. 

I went searching the Internet to see if there were other ways to...search the Internet. I know, I end up searching the strangest things online. But I was right, there are other ways to search and to narrow down your search so that you get the results you want. I didn't know this, but this is what I found out...

I found out that you can narrow your searches down by writing them like this: Blue+Birds+Nevada this will make sure that all those words are used in the searching and if you want a particular word left out you would write this... Birds+Nevada-Yellow which would eliminate all yellow birds in Nevada from your search results. I actually didn't know to do this. 

Now for the 'other' thing I found...

The Deep, Dark Web or The Invisible Web

Now there are two different things here. There is the Invisible web which you can access by going to certain websites like Searchable Databases. When you search in a library catalog, article database, statistical database, etc., the results are generated "on the fly" in answer to your search. Because the crawler programs cannot type or think, they cannot enter passwords on a login screen or keywords in a search box. Thus, these databases must be searched separately. One such Searchable Database would be Complete Planet which is a directory of over 70,000+ searchable databases and specialty search engines.

There is also the Dark Web or what others call The Darknet that for the most part in order to even search on, you need to download an anonymous browser called TOR (The Onion Router). After reading other articles, I found that there are many things, illegal things that people use The Dark Web for. Things like buying illegal drugs, underage porn, buying guns, hiring hitmen, and probably one of the most disturbing things I found was a site that said they kidnapped homeless people, experimented on them, posting pictures anyone visiting their site can see. The site was called, The Human Experiment. 

I have to say, when I went exploring that night looking for better ways to use search engines, I never in my wildest imagination thought that I would be writing about this.

I also found an explanation for Internet currency know as Bitcoins. According to the articles I read $1 in Bitcoins will cost you $9 US money and when using your Bitcoin currency it's completely anonymous, it can't be traced back to you like using a credit card. Which is why pedophiles and people who are going to buy something illegal on the Internet through The Darknet use Bitcoins so their illegal activities can't be traced back to them. 

So have you heard of the Dark Web, The Invisible Web or The Darknet?


  1. No. *blinking* Who knew? There must be a story there, a romance of course!

  2. Hmmmm the Dark Web sounds like it would make an awesome movie plot!!

  3. Whoa. I knew about the first bit of searching but not about the dark net. I think I'm good staying out of there. Creepy!

  4. Knew about the search thing, just watched an episode with the dark net in it of a show, never thought it was real though

  5. Fascinating! I have seen TV shows that mentioned this type of thing (probably one of the Law & Order episodes, can't remember for sure) but I never really stopped to ponder how realistic it was.

  6. Boolean searching is usually what you get when you choose "advanced search."
    I took a course in discrete mathematics,which included Boolean algebra which is how th + - or "phrase in quotes" came about.

    The Darknet sounds creepy.

  7. I'm glad you all found it as fascinating as I did. You just never know what you'll find when you go exploring.

  8. I hadn't heard of any of those things. A bit like going over to the Dark Side in Star Wars, only much more real. Scary stuff out there!

    Blessings and Bear hugs.

  9. I have heard of it, which is the main reason I've stayed away from it. I've especially heard quite a bit about Bitcoins lately. Some people are actually investing in them for diversification now, not just for doing illegal things. In fact, sites such as Overstock.com and TigerDirect (they sell electronics) are accepting them now, and even a whole country (can't remember which one) is recognizing them.


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