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The Dark Web: What Is It and How To Access It

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The deep web is actually several times bigger than the indexed web, and it encompasses a lot more than the illegal or otherwise questionable activities that it is often associated with -- though there's certainly a lot of that going on, too.

The Dark Web on the other hand merely represents a smaller portion of the deep web that has been intentionally hidden and is inaccessible through standard web browsers.

For example content posted on Facebook that is only available to the poster's friends, not the general public, or results for specific queries on a travel booking website -- you simply can't get to the content by clicking through links like a search engine would.

This anonymous network consists of thousands of servers located all over the world run by volunteers and online privacy advocates.

Its name is an acronym for The Onion Router in reference to its namesake routing technique, which creates a path through randomly assigned Tor servers, or nodes, before reaching whatever website you are visiting.

During this process data packets are wrapped in successive layers of packets that get "peeled off" at each node until reaching the destination.

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