The deep web, invisible web or hidden web are parts of the world wide web whose contents are not indexed by standard web search engines for any reason. The opposite term to the deep web is the surface web, which is accessible to anyone using the Internet.
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We’ve put together this list of the most popular deep websites for you to check out – and it’s not just all dark net markets and drugs – although there are plenty of them, too!
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1. The Hidden Wiki:
The starting point of most people’s journey on the deep web is the Hidden Wiki. The Hidden Wiki contains links to all of the most popular sites on the deep web and is a great jump off point for those looking to explore. They also have a site on the clear net
The list is regularly updated and has been a stalwart of the deep web for years and years.
2. Alpha Bay:
The number one darknet market at the moment is AlphaBay. Although darknet markets come and go, AlphaBay has been reigning supreme for around a year now. The site contains the most listings of any marketplace on the deep web, with items ranging from hacked accounts, electronics, fraudulent identity documents, and, of course, the ever-popular drugs category which contains items like methamphetamine, MDMA, and various nootropics like Modafinil.
The marketplace operates with an escrow system, and transactions are conducted using the default currency on the deep web – Bitcoin.
Not sure which marketplace you want to use but know that you want to score some drugs? Know exactly what you want? Grams is your ideal search engine. Grams crawls all of the darknet market listings so when you type in what you want into the search field you obtain the most relevant listings, from all marketplaces.
It is a clever tool to use if you aren’t already a member of a darknet marketplace or if you’re looking for something highly specific.
4. Silk Road 3.0
Yep, Silk Road is back with a 3.0. It was down for a couple of months where they did a big security overhaul and a slight re-design. It is created and run by the same team that own and run Crypto Market. They are growing FAST and have a massive selection of goods for sale.
Search engines aren’t as big on the deep web as they are on the Clearnet, for obvious reasons – many sites wish to remain hidden, available only to those who know the .onion address and credentials to llog in successfully!
Torch is one of the biggest search engines available that provides search results from the deep web. Type your query into the search field and start your research journey.
6. RAMP (Russian Anonymous Marketplace):
Another darknet market, RAMP is the oldest running marketplace on the deep web. Oh, and it’s in Russian, too. The site is one of a handful of forum-based marketplaces operating, and most users are in Russia, but some also operate in other Eastern European countries.
The site allows buyers and sellers to organize drug deals one on one, with no mmiddlemaninvolved in the transactions. A common method of delivery is via “dead drops” where the buyer drops off cash in a certain spot, and then picks up the package at another, so buyer and seller don’t have to actually meet each other for transactions to take place and no Bitcoin is required.
7. Dream Market:
Dream Market is our third darknet market on the list. This site has been around since 2013 and has gained in popularity only recently, upon other marketplaces exiting the scene. It operates similar to AlphaBay, and is a traditional escrow market.
The market is rated very well among users, and although it’s not quite as popular yet as Alpha Bay, it’s certainly on the rise. Expect to see this market continue on its upward trajectory for a while to come yet.
Just recently, Tor has switched searching services from Google to privacy-oriented search engine DuckDuckGo, which is a coup for the burgeoning search engine. The search engine does not track users, unlike competitors Google and Bing, which makes it an easy choice for users concerned with privacy. This also means that searches are not served up according to your customer profiling, making it quite refreshing for users that are becoming increasingly annoyed with confounding search results from the other major players.
Although DuckDuckGo only searches Clear net sites, it is a useful addition to your arsenal of privacy keeping tools.
If you haven’t heard of Wikileaks by now, then you must have been living under a rock for the past 10 years. Created by Julian Assange who currently holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London as he has been since 2012 – the organization reports on secrets supplied by whistle-blowers, informants, and the general public that are deemed important in the interests of freedom of information.
Wikileaks has published vast reams of content over the past 10 years, including several high-profile government leaks. The .onion Wikileaks site provides a place to upload content directly to the organization, all anonymously if desired. The uploads are encrypted for added security, and the submission form asks questions like “What is the threat to the sources?” and “Necessary publication time frame.”
For those who are interested in setting up their very own deep web shop, TorShops is the place to go. The site makes it simple to set up your very own .onion web store, whether you’re a budding online drug dealer or just interested in selling your homemade jewellery via the deep web.
Each site comes with an integrated Bitcoin wallet so payments are made easily, a secure a fast server for your site, inventory management systems, and order tracking. You can even get the guys at TorShops to set up your whole shop for you if coding isn’t your thing – a custom shop design comes in at $500USD.
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