The Surface Web
The websites we browse each day make up only a small percentage of the internet. These sites, collectively known as the surface web, are visible and accessible to common search engines you likely use daily. Learn more about the surface web.
Beyond the surface web, 96% of online content is found
in the deep web and the darknet.
THE DEEP WEB
The deep web consists of content that cannot be found or directly accessed via surface web search engines. Examples of deep web sites include websites that require credentials (registration and login), unlinked sites that require a direct link to access, sites that are purposefully designed to keep search crawlers out, and databases - the majority of content in the deep web. Learn more about the deep web.
THE DARK NET OR DARK WEB
Beyond the deep web is the darknet. The darknet is a network, built on top of the internet, that is purposefully hidden, meaning it has been designed specifically for anonymity. Unlike the surface web and dark web, the darknet is only accessible with special tools and software - browsers and other protocol beyond direct links or credentials. Learn more about the darknet.