The Internet is Deeper Than it Seems

Erin Scholl, Student Life

Being a high schooler in the 21st century leads students to the Internet at least once a day. But, few of these students know that the Web has many more layers than the commonly used ones. The Internet contains at least four and a half billion websites that are accessible by search engines like Google, Bing, or Yahoo. These websites make up The World Wide Web. It may seem like a lot, but in actuality, it is only about four percent of the content on the Internet. It helps to think of the Internet like an iceberg. The World Wide Web is the ice above the surface of the water, making up just a small amount, while the rest of the internet is hidden under the water. The “deep” Web holds about ninety percent of the internet. It is just below the surface of the water. It’s very accessible, and you’re in it every time you check your email. It is anything you need to fill out a form to get into. This includes social media, subscription sites (like Netflix), and websites that you can’t access directly by search engines. This is all very mundane, however, there is one more part of the internet to share. The “dark” Web is at the very bottom of the iceberg, in the depths of the ocean. It is made up of encrypted websites embedded within the crevices of the Web. Every website in “the Dark Web” is anonymous and can provide illegal services. Technically, anyone can access the Dark Web, but just going onto one of these websites could get you a terrible virus or make you a target of the FBI. Basically, the dark Web is the Black Market, a scary and dangerous place hidden using codes and encryptions. It’s weird to think of a 13-inch computer screen possessing the great evils of the Dark Web, but it’s the truth. Fortunately, you can’t just stumble across the “dark” Web in your normal Internet surfing. If you want to err on the side of caution, it can’t hurt to occasionally ditch the Internet and turn to print to quench your information thirst.