Hidden Wiki is the name given to censor free sites that provide information to its users similar to Wikipedia. They work with the browser Tor. Anybody can edit on Hidden Wiki after registering and all of this editing will remain anonymous. The main page you see upon entering the site contains links to some other certain “.onion” links.
At first Hidden Wiki was able to be accessed using an onion link. Onion links are certain web links that can only be accessed through the Tor browser. The main page of the first Hidden Wiki has a link directory that is edited in by the community of users. The first mentions of the website came to be around 2007. The wiki is completely uncensored and you can access and gain information on pretty much anything; from bomb making to money laundering. At 2011, a similar website to the original Hidden Wiki came out and became vastly popular due to its infamous illegal content that goes as far as showing child abuse and pornography images.
In 2013, the website was hosted on the largest web host of Tor browser, Freedom Hosting. Hence the popularity of these Wiki grew even more. In 2014, the onion link domain and the website itself were hacked. After this, the content of the website started to be mirrored in different locations. Mirroring is when an identical copy of a certain data (such as a website) is made and reached from a different link. There are still a few onion websites that host mirrors of Hidden Wiki and there is no longer one singular website that goes by Hidden Wiki.
The Deep Web is a very large section of the world wide web. It is not possible to access the Deep Web via regular internet browsers such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. You must use the Tor browser in order to gain access to the Deep Web, a special browser made in order to open onion links. Onion links can not be opened via other browsers. You can obtain lists of onion links online. May deem the Deep Web as dangerous and rightfully so. You can access many illegal things there such as weaponry, child pornography, fake identity, illegal drugs, hitmen, terrorists and many more illegal things. The Deep Web is far larger than the surface web. The Deep Web contains data that regular search engines like Google or Yahoo can not locate.
While the surface web contains around 20 terabytes of information, the deep web contains around 6500 terabytes of information. More than 200,000 deep web websites are currently up and running.
Accessing the deep web must be a scary experience if not done safely. It is vital for you to learn more about the deep web and how to protect yourself before you take action. As you may have guessed, the deep web can not be easily accessed via the popular web search engines (such as Google or Yahoo) and the regular browser you may have downloaded on your computer (such as Google Chrome of Mozilla Firefox). A special internet browser called Tor browser is needed in order to access the deep web. The Tor browser is made specifically in order to access and open onion links. The Tor browser hides its user’s IP address and ensures to secure his or hers anonymity while being used. If he or she uses the browser, the data sent by him or her is encrypted before reaching the destination. Afterwards this encrypted data mentioned gets sent to different computer layers (like an onion) before it reaches its intended destination. These layers are similar to the layers of an onion, that’s why the onion links are called “onion links”. This encryption process protects the user’s anonymity and protects him or her during the web surfing.
Accessing to the deep web is actually not that difficult. The terms “deep web” and “dark web” are not completely identical. Everything on the deep web is not illegal and incriminating, you may even already have accessed the deep web without even realizing you did. Regular browsers (such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox) and regular search engines you may access from these said browsers (such as Google, Yahoo or Bing) are considered “surface web”. As the name suggests, those are only on the surface and there is much more to the world wide web than only the surface. What is below the surface is considered “deep web”. That being said, the deep web is not particularly very safe. You are recommended to use a good browser and also a nice quality and paid VPN service.