Only a few days have passed since you can browse the Internet thanks to your new Jom Apply Time fibre, and you are probably curious about the deep web. Chances are that you have heard unpleasant things about it, yet you still want to take a peek into the deep web. The question is, is it safe?

What you have to know is that the deep web is no different than the Internet that you usually explore, it is just not indexed by search engines. Whatever you may find in the deep web, you probably won’t have any trouble finding it in the surface web as well. If you have surfed the Net in the 90s or the 2000s, you would likely experience this.

To answer your question, yes. There is no issue in browsing the deep web, despite the myths that you have heard. Criminality like red rooms and hitman sites are guaranteed to be fakes. Even if they aren’t, they are likely honeypots set up by the law to catch anybody that actually takes the services seriously enough to pay for them while the law poses as hosts.

Other myths you may have heard include the supposed deeper, more dangerous layer of the web called the Mariana’s Web. That also does not exist.

As safe as your deep web browsing can be, you can still be vulnerable to malware or anonymous attacks if you do not take precautions.

No VPNs

Jom Apply Time fibre is deep

The TOR browser will be your main means of accessing the deep web, or more accurately, onion links. Onion links are .onion domains that mostly consist of digits and numbers, and not names unlike .com domains and the like, although some sites have them. 

You might hear advice about activating a VPN while browsing TOR to maximise your browser’s security. News flash: do not do this. TOR officially discourages users from using VPNs as TOR’s security features should be enough to provide you with sufficient protection. Unless you know what you are doing, refrain from doing this unless you want to risk compromising your privacy provided by TOR.

Don’t be careless

Just because your anonymity is protected by TOR, it doesn’t give you a free reign in clicking anywhere you want like a speeding drifter on wheels. Be careful where you click, especially when you are in onion search indexes. Here, you may also face those pop-up ads that plagued your favorite online game homepage in the 2000s. 

If you insist on clicking risky links, it is best to maximise TOR’s security systems, usually by clicking on the shield icon at the top bar and setting it to the maximum level. Medias on a page will be restricted, but at least your TOR protection is enhanced for now.

Alternatively, you might as well trust your gut and don’t let curiosity get the better of you.  Would you want to put your own computer and possibly your happy day at risk for a single homepage, which if clearly suspicious, is already an indicator shouting at you to stay away?