Surface web

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The Surface Web (also called the Visible Web, Indexed Web, Indexable Web or Lightnet)[1] is the portion of the World Wide Web that is readily available to the general public and searchable with standard web search engines. It is the opposite of the deep web, the part of the web not indexed by a web search engine.[2] The Surface Web only consists of 10 percent of the information that is on the internet.[3] The Surface Web is made with a collection of public Web pages on a server accessible by any search engine.[4]

According to one source, as of June 14, 2015, Google's Index of the Surface Web Contains about 14.8 billion pages.[5]

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  1. ^ "Redefining light and dark". November 28, 2005.
  2. ^ Barratt, Monica (January 15, 2015). "A Discussion About Dark Net Terminology". Drugs, Internet, Society. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
  3. ^ "What is the difference between the Surface Web, The Deep Web and the Dark Web?". Pink Hat Technology Management. Retrieved 2018-09-29.
  4. ^ "The Surface Web". Dark Side of the Web. 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2018-09-29.
  5. ^ de Kunder, Maurice (June 14, 2015). "The Size of the World Wide Web". Retrieved June 14, 2015.