The Dark/Deep Web

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What are the Deep Web and Dark Web?

While the Deep Web and the Dark Web are not the same thing, they do overlap significantly.

The Deep Web refers to pages that are not indexed, which means that most search engines (Google, Bing etc) won’t return them to you after a search.

The Dark Web is part of the World Wide Web that is only accessible by installing and using special software. It is the unregulated part of the internet; no organisation, business, or government oversees it or can apply rules.

This is why the Dark Web is commonly associated with illegal practices.

For more information on the associated risks and online safety tips for parents and carers, watch our explainer video, available to those with a National Online Safety membership.