Sites and links in the Deep Web, the hidden internet network

Difference between Dark Web and Deep Web, which sites can be found in search engines and how to access them

Dark Web On the Internet it is easy to search for a new site or a new service by simply opening the search engine and typing the name to search for. What users don’t know is that there is an “underground” part of the Internet where they are sites not indexed by any known search engine (including Google) and accessible only with certain techniques.

In this guide we will find out what is the Deep Web, what is the Dark Web (the deepest and most dangerous part of the Deep Web) and finally we will show you the safe ways to access this hidden part of the Internet (always with due caution, given that we may come across dangerous or illegal sites).

Precisely due to the nature of the article, How2do assumes no responsibility for the improper use of the proposed material: if you continue reading, you will navigate the Deep Web at your own risk!

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1) What is the Deep Web

Deep Web By Deep Web we mean all sites or web pages that can only be accessed by knowing precise HTTP addresses, IP addresses or through redirections from “surface” sites, composed in most cases of a login page.

So in fact We use the Deep Web every day: every time we open a personal login page (for home banking, for our personal cloud, to access the WordPress management system, for our telephone account, to access a forum etc.) we access a part of the Internet not indexed by any search engine and readable only to us (or to a select few, in case we were administrator users of a forum). Obviously we are very happy that search engines do not know our personal bank or credit card page, since it would be exposed to hacker intrusions!

Precisely as a function of this, the sites that make up the Deep Web they are 90% of the total sites on the Internet, but the negative connotation that the name suggests (Deep in English means Deep), makes one think that the entire Deep Web is negative, when in reality it is more widespread (and safe) than what it is believed.

Obviously within the Deep Web there are also sites with state documents, secret documents and scientific reports, but they are accessible only to those who know precisely the page to open and the credentials to use for login.

What is the Dark Web

Going even deeper we find the truly “dangerous” sites, i.e. those which, in addition to not being indexed, offer Access addresses completely different from standard sites (often changing continuously, even several times a day), having to hide information about illegal material such as weapons, drugs, money laundering and much more.

This very deep part of the Internet is called Dark Web and it is quite difficult to access them safely (in the sense of not being tracked and monitored during the visit), given that these sites are the target of the IT investigative units of all the armed forces (including the Italian ones). To make a long story short: if we have an offense to commit or are looking for material prohibited by law, the only way to “purchase” it from home (by paying in cryptocurrency) is to visit the Dark Web at the right addresses.

2) How to access the Deep Web and Dark Web

Tor Browser If we intend to take a “peek” at the Dark Web (these latter sites are often exchanged by word of mouth, so we will hardly find Dark sites on the groups), we will first of all have to equip our computer to access these contents safely, avoiding being tracks.

Before leaving for this profound journey let’s make sure to install it on our computer Tor Browseran anonymous browse that connects to the Tor network, designed for hide our original IP address and the traffic generated and access hidden sites with the .onion domain (accessible only with Tor Browser).

To go down to the Dark Web we open Tor Browsee, press on Connect in the center of the window and wait for the browser to connect to the Tor network. To ensure we are not identified, we visit the page Tor Check or one of the many sites to find out our public IP (such as

Tor can also be used from smartphones and tabletsdownloading Tor Browser for Android e iOS.

If we want to strengthen the security of browsing on the Dark Web, we can add a VPN connection to Tor, like those recommended in our guide Best free VPN services and programs to browse safely and freely.

3) List of Deep Web sites

Hidden sites on the Dark Web often present as a top-level domain .onionpreceded by a random alphanumeric string (which can also change quickly over time), to immediately highlight their “hidden” nature.

These sites are only accessible behind the Tor network, so they will not be visible on a normal browser. There are obviously also other sites with different domains, but little known (or known only to those who frequent the secret site, with a sort of “Fight Club” pact).

Some of the sites present on the Deep Web and which can be easily visited (from Tor Browser) are:

  • DuckDuckGo: the Onion version of DuckDuckGo, the anonymous and non-profiling search engine. In fact, it is the most famous search engine on the Dark Web, to be used to find those few “indexed” contents in the depths of the Internet.
  • PUT AWAY: Another Tor-based search engine used to access resources that users decide to share on the Dark Web and make available to users browsing the Deep Web.
  • Hidden Wiki: it is a “dark” version of Wikipedia that presents links to various sites on the dark web, often dangerous or illegal (they disappear immediately but the risk is real). Hidden Wiki is useful for finding an unobtainable hidden resource.
  • Facebook: incredible but true, Facebook also has an Onion link, to access the social network hidden within the Tor network, perhaps using fictitious identities.
  • Hidden Wallet: a service to manage a cryptocurrency wallet in a totally anonymous and secure way, without leaving traces of the movements of Bitcoin and other supported cryptocurrencies.
  • ProPublica: the online newspaper of independent information, without any type of censorship and with sources often blocked or not accepted by traditional media.
  • SecureDrop: a meeting place between whistleblowers and independent journalists, where it is possible to safely exchange information and sources without fearing repercussions on one’s work.
  • Onion Mail: secure and encrypted email service accessible only from the Tor network, therefore impossible to intercept. It allows you to exchange emails only with trusted users who have the secret encryption key (PGP).
  • ProtonMail: another secure and encrypted email service, based in Switzerland. Emails can only be exchanged with trusted users who have the encrypted key (PGP).

We are always careful about what we search for or click on in .onion linksgiven that many dangerous and illegal contents are indexed even for just a few minutes during a search on the Deep Web (we always pay maximum attention where we click).


After fully understanding the difference between Dark and Deep Web, we are well aware of the risk we run, especially if we browse the most hidden sites.

Knowing about the existence of the Dark Web is still important to find censored sites, sites considered illegal in some countries without freedom and interesting information for those carrying out journalistic investigations or those looking for secret documents.

To increase our security when we browse from a public place (not necessarily on the Deep Web), we recommend you read our guides on how Surf safely on a public, free or unprotected wifi network e Secure, anonymous Linux systems to use your computer without traces.

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