There are nearly 100,000 unique Onion service addresses online with more than two million people using Tor every day. Join me as I explore a small fraction of what the Tor network has to offer.
It is puzzling to imagine over 100,000 existing onion sites. Readers using Tor on a daily basis may think this number is inaccurate or exaggerated, but it is important to know that the Tor network is not just HTTP web servers.
There are tens of thousands of SSH, FTP, SMTP, Bitcoin, XMPP, Ricochet and IRC servers with onions for anonymity or convenience. Most of these servers are password protected or not publicly accessible and therefore not accessible to all.
We also need to consider the estimated two million users who access Tor every day. If only five percent of Tor users have created a .onion service in the last 24 hours, that's more than 1
Who uses Tor?
Tor was supported by [EFFTheGuardianForbesundGizmodoand Null Byte often encourages browsing or hosting. The misconception that Tor is used only by criminals is completely wrong. Who are these two million users who access the Tor network daily? After gate:
- Normal people . The two most common reasons why ordinary people use Tor are censorship and mass surveillance. World news, culture, health issues, religions and other types of information can be blocked behind a national firewall that Tor can break through. In addition, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) sell our browsing records to marketers or anyone willing to pay for them, and Tor can help prevent that.
- Journalists and their audience . "Tor is part of SecureDrop, an open source whistleblower submission system that enables media organizations to securely accept and communicate with documents from anonymous sources, and many reputable news organizations use SecureDrop."
- Law Enforcement Officials . Tor allows lawyers to conduct "covert" operations online to catch drug traffickers, hackers and criminals. It also allows for more anonymous evidence of criminal activity.
- activists and informers . "Human rights defenders use Tor to anonymously report abuses from danger zones At the international level, workers' rights use Tor and other forms of online and offline anonymity to organize workers in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, even though they are within the law, That does not mean they're safe, Tor offers the opportunity to avoid persecution while still raising a voice. "
I'll talk about a handful of .onion web servers that are publicly available. Some of the featured sites are also available as normal (Clearnet) sites and accessible without the Tor network. My goal in compiling this list was not to search the darknet for the strangest, scariest, and unusual websites online, but to find the most useful and practical points that users can actually use daily. Improve their anonymity in this age of mass surveillance  Disclaimer: None of the sites mentioned in this article has been verified as legitimate. Users should exercise caution when viewing any website or downloading anything on the Internet. In addition, these are not recommendations for a particular .onion website or service. All websites were discovered via the open internet and various .onion directories.
1. Tor Network Search Engines (6)
There are many search engines that allow users to search for content on the Tor network. Similar to Google, these search engines index other .onion sites and add them to a private database.
- Candle : A minimalist .onion service search engine with no support for parentheses, Boolean operators, or quotation marks; They only use words and that's it.
- Grams : Look for markets only for manpower, digital and physical items that you can buy with Bitcoin and other currencies.
- Haystack : Searches for .onion services and claims to have indexed 1.5 billion pages in its database of 260,000 websites (including the defunct .onion sites)
- Not Evil : Search Engine with an index of over 32 million .onion links.
- Torch : search engine with 450,000 indexed .onion services
- Tor Onionland : search engine with over 57,000 found onion sites and nearly 5 million indexed sites
2. Internet Search Engines (3)
By collecting and collecting user data from Google using the various tools (Google Analytics, Google Fonts, etc.), they can track a user's route over the Internet by providing IP addresses and cookies (cross-domain tracking). However, there are several privacy-aware search engines that allow users to search the Internet anonymously without linking search queries to their Google Account or identity.
Below are some examples of .onion clearnet search engines that allow users to find anonymous resources on the Internet
- DuckDuckGo : A Google-like Internet search engine dedicated to protecting the privacy of users  SearX : A highly customizable metasearch engine. This means that dozens of other other search engines are queried simultaneously to get the best possible results. There are over 100 search engines available for Searx, including DuckDuckGo, Bing and StartPage. Best of all, Searx supports operators (also known as "Google Dorks") for advanced search queries.
- TPB : An index for digital content of software and media. TPB allows visitors to search and download content at no cost.
3. Security and privacy (8)
These resources provide helpful guidance for protection against electronic surveillance. Many of the guides will be useful to people with little technical knowledge, while other resources will target audiences with considerable technical know-how with privacy and security concepts. Some of this information provides useful information to avoid monitoring and improve operational safety ( OPSEC). GnuPG : Also known as GPG, it allows users to cryptographically sign and encrypt data and communications. The GnuPG website has excellent documentation and tutorials
4. Pastabins (6)
Pastebins are useful for public (or private) sharing of code and data with friends and colleagues. Unlike pastebin.com, most Pastebins found in the Tor network automatically delete the pastes after a few weeks.
- DeepPaste : A simple pastebin that offers self-destructive pastes and claims never to erase or censor them  Felixxx : There's little known about Felixxx, but it's another way you can use.
- Riseup Paste : Pastes are automatically deleted within one week and must not exceed 50 MB.
- Pasta : An open-source pastebin with a size limit of 10 MB and self-destructive functions
- Stronghold Paste : Created by Sayak Banerjee, an open-source Pastebin web application and the most popular and most durable .onion pastebins
- ZeroBin : A minimalist open-source pastebin. Pastes are encrypted on ZeroBin servers so system administrators can not read your content.
5. News (4)
Internet access is severely restricted in certain countries, so access to news channels may be extremely difficult for some.
- Dark Web News : A source for dark web news, anonymous tools, and onion links
- Deepdotweb : First and foremost, dark web news about arrests of criminals abusing Tor resources.
- The New York Times : This news page made in October, 2017 headlines announced that nytimes.com would be available as a Toronion service
- Propublica : A nonprofit and independent collective of journalists representing a number of topics such as technology, government, economics, criminal justice, environment and immigration.
6. E-Mail (7)
There are several reasons why users want to retrieve their e-mails via Tor . Forwarding traffic over the Tor network makes it difficult for attackers to discover what you are doing online over Internet connections. Tor also hides your true IP address and the location of the email provider itself.
- Confidant : An open source, spam-resistant alternative to regular email. E-mail messages are stored encrypted so that Confidant administrators can not access any message content.
- Daniel Email : A free and anonymous email provider that allows up to 25 MB of email storage on its servers
- Elude :
- GuerrillaMail : One free, anti-spam, one-way e-mail address service
- Mailpile : A modern web client with built-in PGP encryption features that simplify secure e-mail communication
- ProtonMail : An open source and easy-to-use email client with a modern web interface. All emails between ProtonMail clients are automatically encrypted.
- Riseup : Riseup is a Seattle-based collective that supports freedom of expression and opposes oppression. Your e-mail service is accessible through the Tor network.
7. Blogs and Personal Pages (4)
There are many .onion service developers and enthusiasts who regularly publish their research and discoveries on their personal blogs.
drksh : A personal hacker blog and git repository.
8. Libraries (3)
Most libraries found in the Tor network allow unlimited downloads without restrictions. This can be very liberating for people in many countries. However, it can also be illegal. The following sites list public domain content, unlicensed shared content, Creative Commons content, and other freely available media. However, some of them can be picked up from elsewhere. So be careful and be sure to pay for the items so that the original company or author receives their payday. We do not tolerate piracy.
- Comic Books : Lists a lot of downloadable comics that have lost their copyright and are publicly available. However, copyrighted material may also be available, so avoid that.
- Imperial : An open-source, DRM-free repository of e-books with the ability to upload books to the site to collect the collection enlarge. Again, there could be copyrighted material, so watch out.
- Z-Library : Z-Lib is the self-proclaimed "world's largest e-book library" with over 3.4 million books ready for download. Again, there could be copyrighted material, so watch out.
9. Social (8)
Anonymous logon with social networks like Facebook can be extremely difficult. This is primarily the reason why many social Tor network networks are created. With the ability to register anonymously, they allow users to communicate freely.
- Cyph Messenger : An open source video chat and file transfer solution similar to services like Skype.
- DNM Avengers
- Dread : A Reddit-type community for drug market discussions and reviews among other Internet topics
- Facebook : Gate network access to the most significant social network in the world
- Hidden Answers : An example of a stack overflow-like platform that allows anonymous questions on hacking, security and privacy, cryptography, marketplaces, government and more. Launched in mid-2015 for the first time, they are now part of the veteran Onion services.
- Smuxi : A Free, User-Friendly Chat Client (IRC)
- Suprbay : The Official TPB Forum
- TheHub : A forum for drug market discussions, news and operational security guidelines, created from anonymous persons.
10. Hosting (10)
There is no shortage of hosting services in the Tor network. There are hundreds of websites that host images, notes, files, pastebins, and entire .onion sites.
- Black Cloud : A service for uploading files that stores encrypted files on their servers  Daniel Uploads : An upload service with a maximum file size of 10 GB. Uploaded content is publicly visible
- dhosting : A free and anonymous website hosting service. This service provides support for PHP, MySQL, FTP and custom .onion addresses.
- Felixxx : An image hosting service with 30 days of storage before content is deleted from its servers.
- Image Hosting : A free image hosting service with no time limit. Files larger than 5 MB are not allowed.
- Kowloon : A Virtual Private Server Hosting Service Supported by PHP, MySQL, PHPMyAdmin, Encrypted Server Storage, Customizable .onion Domains, and Up to 2GB of Storage
- OnionContainers : Secure Website Hosting Service supporting Nginx, PostgreSQL, and WordPress blogs
- 0ut3r Space : Uploaded files are automatically deleted from their servers after 14 days. Files must be less than 200 MB
- PopFiles : A simple file hosting service with the ability to create custom URLs. Uploaded files can not exceed 500 KB.
- Riseup Etherpad : A highly customizable open-source editor designed for real-time team collaboration