Navigating the deep web isn’t the same as your everyday Google search. First, you can’t access these links using traditional browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. For that, you need to use the Tor browser.
Tor provides security and anonymity by using a set of interconnected nodes for accessing the internet. Tor is short for “The Onion Router,” and that brings us to our second point. You won’t find “.com” or “.net” links for the deep web. These sites use the suffix “.onion” to access domains and are only accessed through Tor. If you want to learn how to get the Tor, go here.
So, if you can’t use it like it’s the normal internet, how in the world do people access it?
A Warning Before You Dive into the Dark
The dark/deep web is home to a variety of content– some of which is horrifying and illegal. Any links you click beyond these, you do at your own risk. Stay safe and secure.
How Do I Find Working Onion Links?
The security and anonymity provided by Tor can make this a little tricky. As I said before, Google will only get you so far. Fortunately, there are a few sites and resources that are constantly updated with active onion links. I will share a few of my favorites here.
They will help you find Tor search engines, darknet markets, and forums, and give you a good jumping-off point for getting deeper into the dark web.
NOTE: YOU MUST OPEN MOST LINKS WITH TOR BROWSER FOR THEM TO WORK. ALL LINKS ACTIVE AT TIME POSTING.
Dark.fail is the first place I go to when I open up my Tor browser. It’s a curated list of some of the most trafficked sites on the deep web. Another nice feature is it lets you know if the current link is up or down.
The Hidden Wiki
The Hidden Wiki is the OG of directories for onion links, and its plethora of info shows it. Here you can find onion links to bitcoin wallets, hidden social networks, markets, forums, blogs, and much more. It’s not at the top of the list because of how simple the URL is for dark.fail.
Dread is the dark web’s version of the popular site Reddit. It comes complete with upvotes and downvotes, subs for nearly everything, and most other features found on its doppelganger. It’s a nice way to interact with other users and connect with like-minded people in your preferred section.
TORCH is a popular deep search engine, but it operates a little differently than others. If you search for, say, “Instagram,” it doesn’t return the onion link for IG. You find advertisements for Facebook/Instagram hacking tools.
Not Evil is another search engine. Here searching for something like “Facebook” brings back the onion URL for Facebook. Though the name implies the opposite, illegal items and content are still just a click away. Venture in at your own risk.
Finally, there is the website Hidden Answers. I haven’t used this site personally, but I came across it in my research. It’s a copy of the Q&A site Quora. You can anonymously ask any question you want, and fellow users will answer to the best of their ability. If you are new to the dark web, Hidden Answers is a great place to ask specific questions.
These resources are a great beginning for anyone wanting to get started on the deep web. And even if you are an expert, these are six sites you need to save in your notepad. Do you know any others? Comment down below and let us know!