Ways To Make Money On The Deep Web

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The internet has come a long way over the past couple of decades. For example, you can buy and sell products with just the touch of a finger using reputable sites like Amazon, eBay, etc. But some people want to expand their means of earning money online. Can this be done by leveraging “darker” levels of the internet? 

More users are beginning to explore the Deep Web because of the vast range of sources and information. But some still fear the Deep Web and consider it the “evil” place on the internet where crimes are done at rock bottom prices. But that’s not necessarily the case and let’s not confuse the dark web with the deep web.

Inside the Deep Web

The Deep Web, also known as the Undernet, consists of information that cannot be found in a simple web search. The main reason for this is that search engines do not index these websites.

Web Indexes

Indexing methods of search websites use a process called “crawling,” whereby it locates domains and goes over pages in a website that are easily accessed by the clicked links. There are instances where a search engine cannot index a site. These websites can only be accessed by typing the web address to the web browser or navigating the link directly.

What’s On The Deep Web

The Deep Web is 400 to 500 times bigger than the Surface Web. It contains tons of data and information where you can use it for your personal reasons. Some of these include:

  • Password-protected websites 
  • Times access like the test-taking websites
  • Paywall enshrouded pages
  • Someone’s personal information
  • Information that can be incriminating when exposed to the public

While the Deep Web is not intended for public use, other activities are legal. Some of these activities include:

  • Joining different clubs
  • Playing international tournaments such as chess
  • Look for answers (Yahoo or Reddit-style but Deep Web version)
  • Singing Competitions
  • Computer and Information Technology online classes

The activities mentioned are not limited – others are still within the law’s purview. However, for someone going to the Deep Web the first time, they must know how to navigate it. It would be best if you had a reliable programmer before digging in. You must also be knowledgeable in using your programmer to prevent any technical challenges. A well-known programmer is The Onion Router (Tor) Browser.

Deep Web vs. Dark Web: What’s the Difference?

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The Deep Web and the Dark Web are used interchangeably. Both of these terms became famous in the early 2000s. But to make things clear, we must clarify that the Deep Web and the Dark Web are not the same.

As mentioned earlier, the Deep Web comprises mostly websites that are not indexed by search engines, making it invisible on the surface web. The Deep Web can also include legitimate or mainstream sites since not all URLs should be indexed. The Deep Web also contains benign sites, such as an individual’s password-protected account and sites accessible only through an online platform.

The Dark Web is a deeper layer of the internet, and technically a part of the Deep Web. The Dark Web is inaccessible because they cannot be found easily, and they don’t market themselves. Most users who navigate this portion of the internet use aliases in transaction or communication. 

Accessing the Dark Web can only be done if you’re tech-savvy, and it involves a lot of steps to maintain your privacy. Just like the Deep Web, you must use encryption software or programmer like Tor to keep your identity and location anonymous.

Most of the information you will garner from the Dark Web is appalling and shams. Some of them include:

  • a Marketplace for buying and selling drugs, weapons, and ammunition
  • Wikileaks documents
  • Credit card numbers
  • Stolen/hacked accounts
  • Bitcoin lottery tickets
  • Murder for Hire or Assassination
  • Other illegal activities.

The now-defunct Marketplace in the Dark Web is called the Silk Road Hub. Most of these activities here are illegal, and authorities arrested Ross Ulbricht, the Silk Road operator. 

The Deep Web and the Dark Web are mistakenly defined as the same because they are both known for being hidden from the Surface Web and search engines. Andy Greenberg further clarified the difference between the two: “the deep web is a general, catch-all term that includes not only the dark web but also includes a lot of “mundane content.” 

He also added that “the deep web is vast and accounts for 90-something percent of the internet, the dark web likely only accounts for about .01 percent. The dark web sometimes referred to as Darknet, is accessed by Tor or I2P (Invisible Internet Project), which uses masked IP addresses to maintain anonymity for users and site owners.”

How To Make Money On The Deep Web

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Since the deep web is not as dangerous or illegal as the dark web, most ways of making money on the Deep Web are also legal. Here’s how you can earn more profit by navigating the deep web:

Share Information To Investigative Reporters

Former military and government personnel and employees want to expose corruption in their fields. Most of them come together in the deep web and are willing to share information with investigative reporters like journalists and whistleblowers. In coordination with the reporters, the former employees can expose top-secret information to combat corruption without their identity being compromised.

Provide Access To News

Residents in countries under oppressive regimes don’t have access to news about the developments in the economy, health, and sustainability of societies. The Deep Web provides a safe way to get information on any trending news, topics, or anything for their own needs. Most deep web users take advantage of this because of the high demand who wants to keep updated.

Access To Online Databases

Most access to online databases is hidden, or it comes at a high price. People use the Deep Web to upload and share access to online databases at an affordable cost. Some of the databases include academic journals and other research papers that are not available to the public. 

Sell Someone’s Identity

One of the most common ways to make money in the Deep Web is by selling someone’s identity. Compromised accounts online are usually posted on the Deep Web. It includes an individual’s social media, email address, banking details, and many more. Although this is illegal, many users are successful in defrauding individuals, opening bank accounts, or by hacking someone’s social media using this technique.

Access To Online Subscriptions

What’s not to love about Netflix? You can watch all of your favorite shows on this app! You can use Netflix free trial for one month, and once it lapses, you will be charged for the plan you chose. 

However, not everyone doesn’t have the budget to pay for Netflix subscriptions. You can sell your Netflix subscriptions at the Deep Web, and watch how many people will reach out to you to avail of your offer!

Surfing Responsibly

If you aren’t sure how the Deep Web works, it is better not to go there. But if you’re brave enough, make sure to guard your data. Read all of the Terms of Agreement carefully before proceeding, as a click can compromise everything. Download a reliable browser to maintain your utmost privacy and surf responsibly in the Deep Web.

C. James

C. James is the managing editor at Wealth Gang. He has a degree in finance and a passion for creating passive income streams and wealth management.