Clearnet (networking)

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Clearnet is a term typically referring to the unencrypted, or non-darknet, non-Tor Internet.[1][2]


This traditional World Wide Web has relatively low-base anonymity, with most websites routinely identifying users by their IP address.[3]

The term has been used synonymously with the non-traditional search engine indexable surface web due to the historical overlap when darknets were all a part of the deep web.[4]


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  2. ^ " Launches Tor Hidden Service". Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  3. ^ DeepDotWeb. "Clearnet vs Hidden Services – Why You Should Be Careful". DeepDotWeb. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  4. ^ Monica. "A discussion about dark net terminology". Retrieved 4 June 2015.