Dark Nets as common and uncommon techniques for security and privacy.
#3349 Created 04/26/2013 Updated 04/26/2013
Dark nets are non-discoverable. They are hidden from outside indexing through various methods, such as barriers erected at the interface between the servers and the internet.
Access is available only to trusted members.
This is not a new concept, and is widely implemented as standard practice on many corporate and governmental servers; they are visible to the net, but their contents are protected by security measures.
Dark nets are used to conceal both legal and illegal activities. Dark nets are appropriate for content that is not socially acceptable or embarrassing, or to conceal information for commercial advantage.
A consumer service might be subscription darknets which are designed to protect consumer information from being either distributed or lost. In such a fantasy world, a person's credit card transactions and purchasing history could be hidden or disguised by passage through a darknet service.