What is the difference between the Surface Web, The Deep Web and the Dark Web?

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These three terms are often a source of confusion, especially in connection with cybercrime and where that comes from.

If you think that search engines like Google (there are more!) know about everything on the internet, you’d be wrong. Some stats from from Worldwidewebsize.com show at the start of November 2017, search engines have indexed at around 4.57 billion pages .

The section of the internet that is being indexed by search engines is known as the “Surface Web” or “Visible Web”. Now, 4.5 billion pages is a lot, but you’d be surprised to know that in reality it’s only 10 percent of the whole web. It’s the “surf” of the ocean of the whole internet. The reason search engines can see the surface web is through their web crawlers that read the website data, index it, and follow the links. So, what is the 90% that lies under the surface?

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