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Google Web Light has been around for years. But many SEOs continue to be unaware of it. When search marketers learn about Web Light their first response tends to be concern upon seeing what it does to their websites.

Web Light prompts at least five questions about how Web Light affects publishers, site audit professionals and site visitors.

Is concern about how Web Light breaks websites justified?

Are 2G users entitled to good navigation and web forms that function?

Is it enough to provide the content to 2G users?

If 2G users are important to you, should you adopt AMP to avoid Web Light?

Should Google to do a better job at converting websites for 2G users?

Description of Google Web Light

Web Light is a service provided by Google that serves a stripped down version of web pages for users on slow Internet connections.  Web Light only affects users on mobile devices.

Web Light is similar to AMP in that it removes a large amount of scripts and CSS (styling/font) formatting. It differs from AMP in that Web Light is even lighter than AMP.

This means that it will provide a faster web experience for site visitors on extremely slow mobile devices who might otherwise abandon your web page.

Our experiments show that transcoded sites get 50% more traffic than non-transcoded sites and we expect that this will help monetize your site.

Web Light is Good For Publishers

The intent behind Web Light is to make more of the web accessible to people who are on slow connections. Eric Enge of award winning SEO agency Stone Temple, described it like this:

“The existence of this program is just more evidence of how Google is emphasizing speed. Pages that take 10 seconds or more on a device are basically not usable (and don’t convert), so Web Light helps break down a page to its most basic content.

The technology used is called “transcoding” and that’s been around for delivering content to flip phones (2G phones) for many years. Of course, a very large percentage of the world’s phones in North America and Europe are 3G or better today.

But, it remains important to make content deliverable in other markets where many phones are 2G.  There are still many 2G phones in India, and in other areas such as Africa. So Web Light serves a major market need.”

Web Light Does a Poor Job at Conversions

After reviewing what his own blog looks like when transcoded by Web Light, Eric Enge said:

The technology does not always do that great a job at converting today’s web pages.

Looking at one of our blog posts in Web Light (thanks for sharing that), I think the most troubling part of what we see is the way that the social media icons are handled. That’s pretty ugly! It would be great if Google could handle that more effectively.

The main menu is there, but dropped way down to the bottom, and from a Web Light perspective, that makes sense, as it prioritizes the content the user came looking for over navigation elements. Overall Web Light appears to do a pretty good job with our pages.

However, I suspect that a lot of people don’t look at how their site looks in Web Light, and this may be costing them conversions.

I asked site audit expert Alan Bleiweiss his opinion of Web Light and he expressed reservations about how it breaks web pages and how this might affect conversions.

Alan Bleiweiss offered this opinion:

If 1% or 3% or 5% of my visitors get force fed a Google automated stripped down version of my site… What if features that make or break brand conversion or CTA value are harmed? What if 1% of my revenue is lost? I don’t care if I get more traffic if that additional traffic doesn’t convert.

Web Light is About Trade-Offs

Web Lighted web pages can feature poor rendering of navigational elements. This makes it difficult for a user on a 2G network to get around a web site.

Short term, this is fine because the site visitor can read the web page. But this is at the expense of usability of the web site.  This is the trade off inherent in Web Light.

Does Poor Web Light Rendering Matter?

Some could minimize the poor performance by stating that this is a non-issue because it generally affects users in places like Africa and India.

Does that mean it’s justified to deliver a poor user interface and jumbled navigation to users because they live in Africa and India and are on a slow Internet connection?

Eric Enge stated:

“Even if it’s only a few percentage points of such traffic, addressing it better might not be that hard to do, and it could make a difference.”

I tend to agree with Eric Enge. While Google’s Web Light does a good job of pushing content front and center, it seems that Google could improve the service by displaying navigational elements better.

Websites are Web Lighted by Default

Some web publishers have expressed dismay that Web Light is an opt-out program. That means that even though Web Light has been around for several years, a web publisher must first know about the program in order to opt out of it.

Opting Out of Web Light is Not Simple

Opting out of Google Web Light is not simple for the average web publisher. Here are the instructions for opting out:

Opting out of Web Light

If you do not want your pages to be transcoded, set the HTTP header “Cache-Control: no-transform” in your page response. If Googlebot sees this header, your page will not be transcoded.

The most popular way to set an HTTP header cache-control is to edit the htaccess file. This isn’t a difficult thing to do for experienced web publishers. But it may be difficult for the average publisher and blogger.

Google Web Light is an Imperfect Solution

Alan Bleiweiss and Eric Enge both stated that Web Light could do better at transcoding web pages. A major area of improvement is in navigation. Web Forms also can break on Web Lighted sites, it would be good to see that functionality restored in a future version of Web Light.

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Google Analytics Filters Bot Traffic From App + Web Properties

In an update to Google Analytics, bot traffic will be automatically filtered out of reports for Web + App properties.

“In App + Web properties, traffic from bots and spiders is automatically excluded. This ensures that your Analytics data, to the extent possible, does not include events from known bots.”

This news was first shared by Charles Farina on Twitter:

New feature: bot filtering just launched for @googleanalytics App + Web properties.

— Charles Farina (@CharlesFarina) June 29, 2023

Google identifies bot traffic using a combination of internal research and the International Spiders and Bots list, which is maintained by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB).

Automatic filtering of bot traffic from Web + App properties is now enabled by default and cannot be turned off.

Google notes that site owners will not be able to see how much bot traffic was excluded.

There’s no mention of why Google is suddenly deciding to crack down on bot traffic for Web + App properties.

Google also didn’t say why site owners won’t be able to see how much bot traffic those properties are receiving.

Filtering bot traffic by default, without letting site owners choose otherwise, is a fairly notable contrast to how bot filtering is handled for other GA properties.

If you have a Web + App property in your Google Analytics account you should make an annotation about the switch to automatic bot filtering.

Bot Filtering in Google Analytics

Bot filtering is available for regular web properties in Google Analytics, but it’s a setting that site owners need to turn on manually.

Site owners can also set up separate views in Google Analytics to compare their data with and without bot traffic.

Google is typically more transparent about bot traffic, while also giving site owners the flexibility to filter it how they wish.

For more information about filtering bot traffic in Google Analytics, see our guide:

What Are Web + App Properties?

Web + App properties in Google Analytics are fairly new, having only been introduced last summer.

They’re specifically for websites that also have have mobile apps. They’re designed to track users’ journeys across the two platforms.

With Web + App properties site owners can measure data across their app and website all in one place. The properties can support up to 50 data streams across apps, websites, and web apps in a single property.

This data can be used, for example, to see how many users started on your app then visited your website to make a purchase.

Site owners can also use Web + App properties to quickly compare how users engage with their app versus their website.

Or, just rely on GA’s automated insights, which use machine learning to identify key trends and anomalies in data.

Before these properties were introduced site owners had to use multiple products in order to measure app and website engagement. Now it can all be done in Google Analytics.

Depending on how many streams of data you have connected to one property, the difference in traffic without bots could be substantial.

So keep that in mind as you analyze month over month data.

Source: Google Analytics Help

Google Pixel 7 Pro Review: It’s All About The Software

The Google Pixel 7 Pro shows how good Android software can be, and does so at a lower price than its competitors.

Standing out amongst today’s army of Android smartphones is hard. But in a world of high-powered devices focusing on long lists of impressive hardware stats and figures, Google is going a slightly different direction.


More like the mammoth Apple, Google’s new Pixel 7 Pro leans into the world of software, implementing clever new tricks to improve your photos, call experiences, battery life and a number of other phone-related tasks you didn’t know could be better.

But does this bet pay off? We spent a week with the new Google Pixel 7 Pro to find out.

Stylish design at a surprising price

Costing £849, the Google Pixel 7 Pro is more affordable than its flagship competitors like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and iPhone 14 Pro Max. However, it is also a big jump up in cost compared to the cheaper £599 Google Pixel 7.

The phone is made using 100 per cent recycled aluminium, so it feels great in your hand, but does have some serious weight to it. Not only that, but the camera bump pulls the weight abnormally to the top of the device.

But while the design is a minimalist aesthetic that we can get onboard with, a case is a good idea; luckily Google includes one in the box. The same can be said for most modern smartphones, but that massive camera bump makes the phone feel precarious and exposed when placed on a surface.

This combined with the fact that the smartphone is wider than your average device and the Google Pixel 7 Pro does feel somewhat unwieldy in your hand. In other words, this is not going to be a device for those with small hands, with the smaller Google Pixel 7 being a better fit.

This is very much design over usability. Yes, it looks and feels great, but I was living in constant fear of dropping the phone, smashing that beautiful design.

Camera excellence

Google is known for its camera abilities, in fact, it has been the company’s big selling point since the very first Pixel smartphone. Luckily, the camera is once again the device’s leading feature.

This is another area where Google’s focus on software over hardware pays off. The phone features a 50MP main camera, 48MP 5x zoom and a 12MP ultra-wide lens. These are similar features to most flagship smartphones.

The best compliment I can give the Google camera is that it is a Jack of all trades. Samsung can zoom for miles, Apple can take stunning up close photos and draw in colour accuracy, Google can do it all, offering a camera for all situations.

Where Google really thrives is with its added features. The brand has made a big deal of its ‘real tone’ feature where the device can analyse skin tones to achieve more accuracy. There is even a feature that will keep track of faces that appear a lot in your photos, making sure those people are more in focus in groups.

The Pixel’s photo-editing software is also interesting. There is an ability to remove blur from photos, whether it’s a new photo or one you took years ago on another device that was never worth using.

However, the feature I got the most use out of is the magic eraser. This allows you to cut things out of an image. You can completely cut out your friend trying to photobomb you, strangers ruining your perfect shot or a random item that doesn’t fit the photo. In most cases this works great, with the occasional moment of making a complete mess.

The spec sheet

For the Google Pixel 7 Pro, Google implanted a new chipset, the Tensor G2. While this means a more powerful smartphone, capable of dealing with more intensive tasks, it also means better machine learning capabilities.

It improves the phone’s ability to take photos, how it can handle speech recognition, its understanding of you as a user and generally makes the phone more capable of doing what the Google Pixel does best – impressive software.

The other factor the new chip informs is battery life. Google has struggled with battery life in the past, but with the 5000mAh battery, it is rivalling Apple and Samsung’s largest devices. I frequently got through a full day of medium to heavy usage with some charge left.

The display is also a nice experience on this device. It features a 6.7-inch OLED display which is consistently bright and colourful. The screen can refresh at up to 120Hz which simply means your scrolls, jumps and swipes around the phone will stay looking smooth without any jittery lag.


Google has been struggling to find its feet with smartphones for a while, never quite managing to get it all right. The Google Pixel 7 Pro feels like the first time the brand has nailed the whole package, producing a well-rounded flagship phone.

Of course, it is not perfect. The charging is slow, and it lacks some of the high-end specs Samsung, Apple and OnePlus have achieved, but these factors really don’t matter.

The Google Pixel 7 Pro is snappy and responsive, has a capable battery, the camera is one of the best you’ll get in a smartphone, and it is full to the brim with clever software. It feels like the best of both Apple and Samsung… albeit, with a few small sacrifices.

Alternatives iPhone 14 Pro

The iPhone 14 Pro is going to be the closest competitor Apple has to Google’s Pixel 7 Pro. It is immensely powerful, has a great battery life and display and most importantly, is the perfect rival for the Google Pixel 7 Pro in terms of camera ability.

The noticeable downside is the higher price, taking you over the £1,000 mark.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the definition of over-powered. Samsung has crammed everything into this design, including a stylus pen fitted inside the phone, a 100x zoom camera and a burly battery and processor to power it through the day.

All of this does come at a cost similar to that of the iPhone above, but you won’t get much more power in a phone than this.

Google Pixel 7

Like everything about the Google Pixel 7 Pro, except for the price? The smaller Pixel 7 will be the obvious choice. It brings the price shooting down to just £599 but keeps all of the most important specs.

The phone does get smaller, as does the battery. Plus, you do lose out on a camera lens and a few key functions, but for the huge drop in price that is a worthy sacrifice.

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Asteroid Belt Circling Star 25 Light

Our asteroid belt is home to more than a million space rocks, varying in size from a dwarf planet to dust particles, which float between Jupiter and Mars. Astronomers have just discovered another such belt—but this one circles a different star, not our sun.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) detected this asteroid belt around the star Fomalhaut, only 25 light-years away. For years, scientists have studied Fomalhaut’s debris disk, a collection of rocky, icy, dusty bits from all the collisions that happen while planets are being created. This new data, published today in Nature Astronomy, shows the system in unprecedented detail, uncovering fingerprints of hidden worlds and evidence for planets smashing together.

Many telescopes have pointed to Fomalhaut over the years: the Spitzer Space Telescope, the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in the high desert of Chile, and even the Hubble Space Telescope. Fomalhaut, which is much younger than our sun, may be a good likeness of our solar system near birth; since astronomers can’t time travel back to our sun’s formation, they instead observe other young stars, using these still-forming planetary systems as examples of what the process of making planets can look like.

Fomalhaut is an appealing choice to astronomers because it’s nearby, meaning it’s easier for astronomers to notice fine details. “This system was definitely one of the first we wanted to observe with JWST,” says co-author Marie Ygouf, research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.

The Fomalhaut debris disk system, highlighting key parts of its architecture. The insets, at right, show details of the Great Dust Cloud.  András Gáspár

Before JWST, other observations revealed that Fomalhaut is surrounded by a ring of dust analogous to our own solar system’s Kuiper Belt, which contains all the little bits of ice and rock beyond Neptune. The new data from NASA’s superlative space telescope spot not only this outer ring, but also an inner ring more analogous to the asteroid belt. There’s a third feature, too—a giant clump of dust, lovingly referred to as the Great Dust Cloud. 

[Related: These 6 galaxies are so huge, they’ve been nicknamed ‘universe breakers’]

Between Fomalhaut’s outer Kuiper-Belt-like ring and its inner asteroid-belt-like ring is a gap. “The new gap that we see hints at the presence of an ice-giant mass planet, which would be an analog of what we see in the solar system,” like Neptune or Uranus, says lead author András Gáspár, astronomer at the University of Arizona. This unseen planet could be “carving out the gaps” via gravity, explains fellow Arizona astronomer and co-author Schuyler Wolff.

Fomalhaut’s asteroid belt has a curious tilt, appearing at a different angle from the outer ring, as though something knocked it off kilter. A knock, in fact, might explain the misalignment, the researchers say—a major collision could have tilted the asteroid belt, creating the massive dust cloud, too. 

All signs in Fomalhaut “point to a solar system that is alive and active, full of rocky bodies smashing into each other,” says co-author Jonathan Aguilar, staff scientist at Space Telescope Science Institute, home of JWST’s mission control.

JWST was uniquely suited to take these photos of Fomalhaut’s dust. The dust glows brightest in the mid-infrared, at long wavelengths unreachable by most other observatories. A particularly powerful telescope is necessary, too, to resolve enough details—and JWST is the only scope with both these features. The space telescope’s Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) also has a coronagraph, a small dot to block out a bright star and reveal the surrounding dust.

“Mid-infrared wavelengths are so important for debris disk observations because that’s where you observe dust emission, and the distribution of dust tells you a lot about what’s going on,” says Aguilar. The new view of Fomalhaut “showcases the scientific power of JWST and MIRI even just a year into operations,” he adds.

[Related: NASA sampled a ‘fluffy’ asteroid that could hold clues to our existence]

It’s certainly interesting to see what our solar system may have looked like in its infancy—but Fomalhaut isn’t an exact clone. Fomalhaut’s Kuiper Belt and asteroid belt doppelgangers are more spread out and contain more material than those features in our solar system. Although Fomalhaut has more movement and smashing than our solar system does now, our planets had a similar phase in the distant past, known as the Late Heavy Bombardment. Astronomers hope debris disks seen by JWST will help them figure out the details of how solar systems are born, and how they grow up to look like our own set of planets.

“We are at this frontier of unexplored territory, and I’m especially excited to see what JWST finds towards planet-forming disks,” says University of Michigan astronomer Jenny Calahan, who was not involved in the new findings. “Looking at these JWST images I was reminded of the moment that I got glasses for the first time,” adds Calahan. “It just changes your whole perspective when the world (or a debris disk) comes into focus at a level that you aren’t used to.”

The Opt Out: 4 Privacy Concerns In The Age Of Ai

THE LATEST WAVE of artificial intelligence development has forced many of us to rethink key aspects of our lives. Digital artists, for example, now need to focus on protecting their work from image-generating sites, and teachers need to contend with some of their students potentially outsourcing essay writing to ChatGPT. 

But the flood of AI also comes with important privacy risks everyone should understand—even if you don’t plan on ever finding out what this technology thinks you’d look like as a merperson.

A lack of transparency

“We often know very little about who is using our personal information, how, and for what purposes,” says Jessica Brandt, policy director for the Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology Initiative at the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that conducts research it uses to tackle a wide array of national and global problems. 

In broad terms, machine learning—the process by which an AI system becomes more accurate—requires a lot of data. The more data a system has, the more accurate it becomes. Generative AI platforms like chatbots ChatGPT and Google’s Bard, plus image generator Dall-E get some of their training data through a technique called scraping: They sweep the internet to harvest useful public information. 

But sometimes, due to human error or negligence, private data that was never supposed to be public, like delicate company documents, images, or even login lists, can make its way to the accessible part of the internet, where anyone can find them with the help of Google search operators. And once that information is scraped and added to an AI’s training dataset, there’s not a lot anyone can do to remove it. 

“People should be able to freely share a photo without thinking that it is going to end up feeding a generative AI tool or, even worse—that their image may end up being used to create a deepfake,” says Ivana Bartoletti, global chief privacy officer at Indian tech company Wipro and a visiting cybersecurity and privacy executive fellow at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business. “Scraping personal data across the internet undermines people’s control over their data.”

“AI makes it easy to extract valuable patterns from available data that can support future decision making, so it is very tempting for businesses to use personal data for machine learning when the data was not collected for that purpose,” she explains.  

It doesn’t help that it’s extremely complicated for developers to selectively delete your personal information from a large training data set. Sure, it may be easy to eliminate specifics, like your date of birth or Social Security number (please don’t provide personal details to a generative AI platform). But performing a full deletion request compliant with Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, for example, is a whole other beast, and perhaps the most complex challenge to solve, Bartoletti says. 

[Related: How to stop school devices from sharing your family’s data]

Selective content deletion is difficult even in traditional IT systems, thanks to their convoluted microservice structures, where each part works as an independent unit. But Koerner says it’s even harder, if not currently impossible, in the context of AI.  

That’s because it’s not just a matter of hitting “ctrl + F” and deleting every piece of data with someone’s name on it—removing one person’s data would require the costly procedure of retraining the whole model from scratch, she explains.

It’ll be harder and harder to opt out

A well-nourished AI system can provide incredible amounts of analysis, including pattern recognition that helps its users understand people’s behavior. But this is not due only to the tech’s abilities—it’s also because people tend to behave in predictable ways. This particular facet of human nature allows AI systems to work just fine without knowing a lot about you specifically. Because what’s the point in knowing you when knowing people like you will suffice? 

“We’re at the point where it just takes minimal information—just three to five pieces of relevant data about a person, which is pretty easy to pick up—and they’re immediately sucked into the predictive system,” says Brenda Leong, a partner at chúng tôi a Washington, D.C., law firm that focuses on AI audits and risk. In short: It’s harder, maybe impossible, to stay outside the system these days. 

This leaves us with little freedom, as even people who’ve gone out of their way for years to protect their privacy will have AI models make decisions and recommendations for them. That could make them feel like all their effort was for nothing.

“Even if it’s done in a helpful way for me, like offering me loans that are the right level for my income, or opportunities I’d genuinely be interested in, it’s doing that to me without me really being able to control that in any way,” Leong continues. 

Using big data to pigeonhole entire groups of people also leaves no place for nuance—for outliers and exceptions—which we all know life is full of. The devil’s in the details, but it’s also in applying generalized conclusions to special circumstances where things can go very wrong. 

The weaponization of data

Another crucial challenge is how to instill fairness in algorithmic decision making—especially when an AI model’s conclusions might be based on faulty, outdated, or incomplete data. It’s well known at this point that AI systems can perpetuate the biases of their human creators, sometimes with terrible consequences for an entire community. 

As more and more companies rely on algorithms to help them fill positions or determine a driver’s risk profile, it becomes more likely that our own data will be used against our own interests. You may one day be harmed by the automated decisions, recommendations, or predictions these systems make, with very little recourse available. 

[Related: Autonomous weapons could make grave errors in war]

It’s also a problem when these predictions or labels become facts in the eyes of an algorithm that can’t distinguish between true and false. To modern AI, it’s all data, whether it’s personal, public, factual, or totally made up. 

More integration means less security

Just as your internet presence is as strong as your weakest password, the integration of large AI tools with other platforms provides attackers with more latches to pry on when trying to access private data. Don’t be surprised if some of them are not up to standards, securitywise. 

And that’s not even considering all the companies and government agencies harvesting your data without your knowledge. Think about the surveillance cameras around your neighborhood, facial recognition software tracking you around a concert venue, kids running around your local park with GoPros, and even people trying to go viral on TikTok. 

The more people and platforms handle your data, the more likely it is that something will go wrong. More room for error means a higher chance that your information spills all over the internet, where it could easily be scraped into an AI model’s training dataset. And as mentioned above, that’s terribly difficult to undo.  

What you can do

The bad news is that there’s not a lot you can do about any of it right now—not about the possible security threats stemming from AI training datasets containing your information, nor about the predictive systems that may be keeping you from landing your dream job. Our best bet, at the moment, is to demand regulation.

The European Union is already moving ahead by passing the first draft of the AI Act, which will regulate how companies and governments can use this technology based on acceptable levels of risk. US president Joe Biden, meanwhile, has used executive orders to award funding for the development of ethical and equitable AI technology, but Congress has passed no law that protects the privacy of US citizens when it comes to AI platforms. The Senate has been holding hearings to learn about the technology, but it hasn’t come close to putting together a federal bill. 

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How To Access Dark Web? Steps To Safely Access Deep Web

What is the Dark Web?

Dark Web is a part or division of the Deep web which is intentionally hidden from normal search engines. All its data is encrypted. To access its data, you need special software, configurations, or authorization. It uses masked IP addresses that are accessible only with a specific web browser. For example, Tor, I2P, etc.

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In this example, we will try to open this link in both ways using Google and Tor browser.

Step 2)Here, we are trying to open this link using a regular Google Browser. Below given image shows that it is not accessible.

Step 3) Now, we will open the same link in the Tor browser and do the same.

You can see that the hidden wiki link is now open, a part of the dark web.

However, these .onion websites are never displayed in Google search results. You cannot just Google and hope to land on the dark website.

Step 4) Use a Virtual Private Network service:

Virtual Private Networks are servers that help you to connect through to access the web. VPN software helps to mask your origin and may imitate locations from many other places in the world. However, TOR masks your identity. It hides your location.

Best VPN for Dark Web:

Although there are many VPNs available, you might as well sign up with one of the best: Nord VPN. This VPN is recommended when you are surfing the Dark Web. This adds an extra level of security to your data. It also hides your location. With Nord VPN, you can stay safe when browsing the Dark Web.

Here are steps to access a hidden site on the dark web:

Here are the steps to hide your IP address using NordVPN:

Step 2) NordVPN provides 3 plans: 1) 1 month, 2) 1 year, and 3) 2 years.

Select 1 Month plan

The payment page will open up

Step 6) Select the United States country,

To change your IP address.

The following error will be displayed in your browser.

Step 8) Now access your Tor Browser and open the same link. You will see the site is now become accessible on your screen with the help of Nord VPN securely.

What is on the Dark Web?

The darknet web operates with a high degree of privacy as it hosts safe activities and content and criminal ones. For example, a dark web website might offer complex riddles. Another might be a type of book club that makes eBooks more professional. It also offers a forum for people who believe their freedom of speech is threatened. However, the dark web is best known for dark content, which is illegal and sometimes disturbing.

Here is a sample of illegal things you can find on the dark web.

Stolen information: When there has been a data breach, there is a chance they accessed information. Information like Social Security numbers to a bank card is available for sale on the dark web. You can also purchase stuff like log-in password information for paid software, hacked Netflix accounts, and more. However, it is strictly illegal and can get you into legal trouble.

Illicit substances: Illegal drugs are peddled on the dark web. You can also find toxic chemicals that can cause other types of damage.

Dangerous items and services: It can get ugly fast. Things like murderers-for-hire, abuse speeches, human trafficking, guns, etc., for sale can be found on the dark web.

Dark Web Search Engine:

Dark search engines exist, but you will not find specific data even with the best search engine’s help. For example, even one of the best search engines, called Grams, returns to provide mostly repetitive and often irrelevant results to the query.

Link lists like the Hidden Wiki are the best example of this. Still, even indices also return high numbers of timed-out connections and also provide 404 errors. Some useful darknet search engines that indicate .onion sites include NotEvil, Candle, Ahmia, and Torch.

Dark Web Sites

Dark web sites are looking the same as any other website available on the Internet. However, when you see them closely, you will find the differences like name structure.

The second major difference is a scrambled naming structure that creates URLs that are difficult to remember. For example, an eCommerce website, Dream Market, goes by the hidden address of “eajwlvm3z2lcca76.onion.”

Scammers set up numerous darknet websites, so they constantly move around to avoid their identity.

Even commercial websites that may have existed for years can suddenly not available if the owners decide to escape with the escrow money they are holding on behalf of customers.

Here are some examples of Darknet websites:

The Hidden Wiki





Commerce on the Dark Web

The dark web has prospered with the help of various bitcoin wallets. It helps two parties to carry out the trusted transaction without recognizing each other. Almost all dark websites conduct transactions in bitcoin or some variant, but that does not mean it is safe to do business there.

In fact, Darknet commerce sites have the same features as any e-retail operation. This site offers normal functionalities like ratings/reviews, shopping carts, and forums.

However, another major difference between darknet commerce site and regular commerce site is quality control. As both buyers and sellers are anonymous, the credibility of any rating system is surely ambiguous. In this type of website, ratings are easily manipulated. Even sellers with good track records can suddenly disappear with their customers’ crypto-coins to set up shop later under a different alias.

Most e-commerce service providers offer escrow service that holds the customer funds until the product is delivered. However, at the time of the dispute, you should not expect any smooth refund process. Every communication you have to do in the dark web is encrypted, so simple transactions also need a PGP key.

Moreover, the completion of a transaction is no guarantee that the goods will arrive. Most items ordered from the darknet websites may need to cross international borders. It is also checked by customs officials, which may crackdown on suspicious parcels. The dark web news site DeepDot is always full of stories of buyers who have been arrested or jailed for attempting illegal purchases.

Dark Web Email

Now that you are ready to go, you need to sign up for an untraceable email address. A known email service provider like Gmail or Outlook are certainly out of the question. To do this, you need an email address to register for many .onion websites.

Here are a few email service providers available on the Dark web:

Why does the Dark Web exist?

The darknet world operates on the principle of total privacy. So taking precautions like using a VPN, your system cannot be tracked or traced. For some people, privacy is a big concern on the Internet. They want to take control over personal information.

Freedom of speech is also an issue. Some people would argue for privacy and anonymity based on the First Amendment. That is one reason why law-abiding people value the privacy of Tor and other dark web browsers. Anonymity can have positive effects, like being able to express views that are unpopular but not illegal.

Why is the Dark Web hidden?

In the case of the deep web personal records, government documents are not meant for public view in the first place. Those should be kept safe. However, they are mostly connected to the Internet since much of that information forms an ecosystem for surface web applications.

On the other hand, Dark Web is mostly run on private server networks that allow communication only via specific means. This provides you a high degree of anonymity and makes it difficult for authorities to shut down.

FAQ ❓ What is Tor Project?

Tor is an anonymous browsing network. It uses the Onion routing method. In this method, messages and communications are encapsulated in encryption layers, like onion layers, which are hard to detect. It is a special kind of browser that provides individuals with the ability to communicate anonymously.

The Tor browser can run on your computer device, keeping you safe on the Internet. It also protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network.

It prevents other people from accessing your Internet connection and also prevents websites from knowing about your physical location.

Tor directs Internet traffic consisting of more than seven thousand relays. This helps you hide a user’s location and stops anyone from conducting traffic analysis or network surveillance.

⚡ Can you be tracked on Tor?

Using the Tor network makes your identity difficult to be tracked, but not impossible. Therefore, it is safer to use dedicated VPN service provider tools.

🏅 Who uses Tor?

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