In this tutorial, you will learn, “What is Deep/Hidden/Encrypted Web?”, “How to use Tor Browser?”, “How to Browse Deep Web on iPhone and iPad using Tor Browser?“,”List of Hidden Websites”, “What are .onion hyperlinks?”
Summary of Contents
Deep Web or Hidden Web or Invisible Web or Encrypted Web is used to refer to those websites that are not indexed by any search engines and which need layers of encryption to be visited.
If you think the visible web is bigger than the invisible web or deep web, then you are wrong. Only 4% of Web Content (Approximately 8 billion pages) is available via Search Engines. The rest 96% of the digital universe is on Deep Websites protected by passwords. It is said that the hidden web is 500 times larger than the visible or surface web.
Isn’t that shocking? You must have come across so many websites online, but those websites belong to the 4% visible web, then what about the 96% invisible web?
Another shocking thing I would like to tell you that you must have browsed websites using the most common browsers available in the market today like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera, Maxthon, UC Browser. But, what if I tell you all these browsers fail to provide deep web access to you?
Yes, you can’t browse the deep web from these common browsers. You need special browsers to browse these kinda websites. Don’t use special browsers and say Hi! to the FBI. Sounds scary, right?
Don’t believe me? Try to open this link from the browser you are using to view the website:
At first, you might think what kinda crappy link is this, which has no .com, no .net or whatever extension, but a .onion extension? Were you able to open that link from the browser you are using right now to view this article? I am 100% sure you were not able to open that website.
Yes, that’s one fully functional hidden website belonging to the vast 96% deep web. Welcome to the World of Hidden Web! You might think I am joking or playing a prank on you, but I am not.
What is a .Onion Extension?
So, .onion is a pseudo-top-level domain (TLD) host suffix designating an anonymous hidden service that is only reachable via the Tor network. Such addresses are not actual DNS names, and the .onion TLD is not in the Internet DNS root, but with the appropriate proxy software installed, Internet programs such as Web browsers can access sites with .onion addresses by sending the request through the network of Tor servers.
Why the extension name is .onion? In simple terms, the data that is sent passes through various layers of encryption and decryption (like the various layers of an onion) when it passes from the source to destination.
The purpose of using such a system is to make both the information provider and the person accessing the information more difficult to trace, whether by one another, by an intermediate network host, or by an outsider. In simple terms, you can browse the visible web from Tor browser and browse whatever you want without getting caught, which most hackers do, but you can also browse the deep hidden web using Tor Browser and not get caught only if you stay in your limits.
What is Tor?
Tor stand for The .Onion Router. Tor is free software for enabling anonymous communication. Tor directs Internet traffic through a free, worldwide, volunteer network consisting of more than six thousand relays to conceal a user’s location and usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis. Using Tor makes it more difficult for Internet activity to be traced back to the user: this includes “visits to Web sites, online posts, instant messages, and other communication forms”
How to Browse Deep Web on iPhone and iPad using Tor Browser?
Now, let me reveal to you how can you access the deep web from your iPhone and iPad using Tor Browser. Just download any of the Tor Browser available on the App Store.
Note: Please read the reviews before installing any one of these Tor Apps.
- Free Tor Browser
- Onion VPN with Tor (Free)
- Onion Browser by Mike Tigas (Paid)
- Red Onion – Tor-powered web browser for anonymous browsing (Paid)
- iOnion (Free)
Now, try the above .onion link that you were not able to open after installing this browser. Also, to start with browsing deep hidden websites, you can check out Hidden Wiki where you will see a list of .onion websites.
Some deep websites may not open, but some open. Also, the Tor browser and the deep hidden websites take some time to open. Some working hidden websites you can start browsing right now are listed below:
Wikileaks can also be accessed from a normal browser now, but previously it was present on the deep web and could only be accessed using a Tor browser.
SMS4Tor lets you send secure self destructive messages. I haven’t used this sms service, but this is one of the working website on the deep web.
3) Easy Coin
If you know about Bitcoins, then you may understand what is this Easy Coin website. Easy Coin is a newbie friendly website that stores bitcoins encrypted which protects Easy Coin from Hackers or other malicious people.
I haven’t used this service. Just opened the website to know if it is fully functional or not.
Visit: Easy Coin
4) Intel Exchange
The Intel Exchange Forum provides information and discussion on various topics, ranging from Illegal Activities and Alternative Energy, to Conspiracy Theories and Hacking. Same people from SnapBBS on a fully secure, moderated and categorized forum.
Visit: Intel Exchange
Tor Links is similar to Hidden Wiki where you will see a list of deep hidden websites.
Visit: Tor Links
Things to Keep in Mind:
1) I am not responsible for what you do before using Tor.
2) Never Go Full Retard and visit nefarious websites, you might never know FBI might say Hi! to you.
3) Do not download, I repeat “Do Not Download” anything from these websites as some websites are just made up to track.
4) Do not store any illegal images or videos on any of your device.
5) Do not engage in any sort of illegal activity and please do not hold me responsible for any activity you do using Tor.
This article is just to show that there exists hidden websites which are not accessible to the common public, but which can be accessed using Tor browser. Indulging in any sort of nefarious activity using Tor browser is a strict No and this article is not meant for any such illegal activities.