The dark web is that mysterious part of the web that you can only get to with the Tor browser. Websites with the suffix .onion aren’t accessible through regular browsers but with Tor you can explore them. When the dark web is in the news it is often associated with illegal practices. However, there are some surprisingly wholesome things you can find on there.
We comprised a list of 10 websites you can visit if you are curious about the dark web, but want to visit it in a secure manner. Some websites on the list are quite serious others very silly. Happy exploring!
If you want to know more about this part of the internet and how to get there you can visit our page on the dark web.
1. Hidden Wiki
The Hidden Wiki is a dark web Wikipedia where you can find links to different websites on the dark web. As you may notice in this article, the URL’s of dark web pages are often nonsensical. This makes it difficult to find the website you’re looking for. On the Hidden Wiki they do a lot of the searching for you. Moreover, they provide informative pages on a range of topics that can be an interesting read.
Watch out that you do not click on a link to something you do not want to see, because the Hidden Wiki doesn’t just index legal websites.
Link to the Hidden Wiki: http://zqktlwi4fecvo6ri.onion
This is a mirror website of the real Facebook. By creating a Facebook account through the dark web you can attempt to do so completely anonymous. However, this takes a lot of work, because, as we know, Facebook likes collecting all the data they can.
More importantly, this mirror version of the social network is a way around government censorship. Some regimes censor social media or make them completely inaccessible for their people. They do this to eliminate any form of opposition. By using the dark web version of Facebook people can attempt to stay anonymous.
Link to the Facebook mirror: https://www.facebookcorewwwi.onion/
Although Bitcoins are only just now becoming popular with the general public, it has been the currency of the dark web for years. It will come as no suprise that there are many cryptocurrency websites on the dark web. On the BlockChain website you can manage your cryptocurrencies as well as, buy and sell them.
Moreover, you can check how your stocks are doing to see if it is the right time to buy or sell. Since bitcoins are used to buy products on the darkweb, it is no wonder there also is a virtual wallet.
Link to BlockChain: https://blockchainbdgpzk.onion/
DuckDuckGo is a search engine that is also available on the surface web. As opposed to other search engines, DuckDuckGo does not collect or share any of your personal information. The search engine is ideal if you want to be completely anonymous on the web. On the dark web it is used because it also shows .onion websites. Most regular surface search engines do not index .onion websites. Thus, a regular search engine won’t bring you anywhere on the dark web, but DuckDuckGo will.
Link to DuckDuckGo https://3g2upl4pq6kufc4m.onion/
Among other things, the dark web is a place where ideas about a large range of issues are shared. Moreover, intellectual conversations are encouraged. There are many websites on the dark web that offer books or online book clubs and Bibliomaniac is one of them. Take a look at the great wealth of knowledge if you find yourself on the dark web someday.
You can truly find any book on this website. Watch out that you do not download any copyrighted material, because that is illegal.
Link to Bibliomaniac: http://mx7rwxcountermqh.onion/
6. Tor Metric
On the Tor Metric you can find more information about the Tor Project. If you are interested in privacy and how the Tor project works, this website can give you some insight. Moreover, if you’re researching Tor and the dark web for a school project this website can help you with statistics. You can see how many people use the Tor browser and how many .onion websites there are.
Link to Tor Metric: http://rougmnvswfsmd4dq.onion/
7. Hidden Answers
Hidden Answers can be described as a dark web version of Reddit. You can ask any question you like, without any censorship. Others in the community will try to answer your queries. It can also be fun just to look around. Do remember, that this an unfiltered part of the internet and you might encounter conversations that you do not want to see.
This is also a great place to ask questions about the dark web, if you are new to this part of the internet.
Link to Hidden Answers: http://answerstedhctbek.onion/
8 Secure Drop
Secure Drop is a place where whistleblowers and journalists can meet. The dark web is the only way that whistleblowers have a chance to share their information without being certain that they will be tracked. Whistleblowers have damaging information about a company or government and try to share this with journalists. If they do so on the surface web, they will likely be traced and, in some cases, punished. Secure Drop is an .onion website that protects the privacy of whistleblowers and journalists the world over.
Link to Secure Drop: http://secrdrop5wyphb5x.onion/
9. The Chess
On this website you can play a game of harmless chess with a stranger, nothing more, nothing less, just chess. They present you with the extensive rules of the game and by making a simple account you can start playing. The website aims to create a calm place where chess lovers can meet.
Link to The Chess http://theches3nacocgsc.onion/
10. Tor Kittenz
The dark web has an interesting relationship with cats. A famous dark web cat website is Anonymous Cat Fact, however is seems like it no longer exists. Luckily, the dark web is full of random websites with cats. On Tor Kittenz you can see random pictures of cats. You can find a lot of these silly types of websites on the dark web.
Link to Tor Kittenz: https://mqqrfjmfu2i73bjq.onion.link/
Curiosity is a beautiful thing, but remember it also killed the cat! It can be interesting to take a look on the dark web, but it is also quite dangerous. Before you know it you could have clicked on a corrupted link and your computer might be infected with malware. For this reason, we advise you not to go there if you do not have a good reason to do so.
If you do want to have a look around, make sure you have some security measures in place to protect yourself against any online attacks.
Visiting the dark web is not without risks, which is why we recommend you to take the following measures to protect you and your device.
First of all, you need good anti-malware software. To prevent your device from becoming infected with viruses or spyware you need to install good anti-malware. This type of software is essential, even when you’re only browsing the surface web.
Secondly, you need to find a good VPN. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is software that encrypts all of your internet traffic and hides your real IP address. Just to be safe, it’s best to use a VPN so nobody will be able to see that you’re visiting the dark web. Moreover, hackers on the dark web won’t be able to trace your actions back to your personal IP address. Some good VPN providers are, ExpressVPN, NordVPN, and IPVanish.
Finally, you should use your common sense. Do not click on any links you do not trust and do not fill in any personal information on the dark web.
The dark web sounds mysterious and maybe even scary, but some of the .onion websites are very mundane. For regular internet users there isn’t really a good reason to go there. But if you do, you might want to visit one of these 10 websites. Remember that there is a lot of seedy business going down on the dark web, so do not click on anything you do not trust.
Use your common sense and have fun exploring!