Here are the Top 10 websites that you can visit on Dark Web in 2020
The Dark Web is the ocean floor. You need specialized training and equipment to go to such depths under the sea. Similarly, to visit the Dark Web, you need special kinds of browsers that are not ordinarily available. The simple explanation of the Dark Web is the part of the worldwide web which is not available through normal web browsers.
The Dark Web was created by US Military Researchers in the ’90s for military communications. It is still operated and funded largely by the United States military to help dissidents and journalists around the world to share data and news.
The Dark Web is accessible only with a browser called ” The Onion Router ” or TOR. The name comes after the peels of the onion. The innermost onion peel has no connection with the outermost peel. A similar technique is used in TOR where the originating request computer does not know the address or whereabouts of the ultimate computer which has the answers. It operates through application layer encryption within a communication protocol stack thus segregating each encrypted layer from another.
We strongly recommend shielding yourself with a VPN before you access the dark web. The notion that the Tor browser provides failsafe anonymity is false; you need to protect yourself. So let’s take a look at the top 10 best .onion websites that you can visit on the dark web.
Top 10 Dark web websites
- Hidden Answers
- Tor Metrics
- Comic Book Library
The Hidden Wiki is usually presented as your one-click-access to the world of Tor. That’s not the case. Many of the links present in The Hidden Wiki are of dubious (if not criminal) nature. Many more don’t work. As far as resources go, it’s somewhat useless.
Daniel’s website lists 7,000 .onion addresses. They are separated into several categories to make browsing easier. More than that, Daniel’s site has an in-built test functionality. This means you can have the website check if any given Tor website is online. The list shows the last time a website was checked and whether it was online.
This makes Daniel’s website an excellent first step in exploring Tor. Browsing random addresses, you will experience the early days of the internet. Many Tor websites are ugly and only have bare-bones features. Some of them exist as one-page jokes. This is the kind of raw content you would have seen more than 20 years ago.
Investigative journalists and outfits like ProPublica are very thankful for whistleblowers. But the brave act of taking your organization’s dirty secrets to people who will bring it to the light isn’t easy. SecureDrop exists to ensure the security and anonymity of the sources.
It is one of the services offered on the dark web in a similar way that a plugin would be on the clear net. The Tor website is one of many security measures used to make SecureDrop safe. The .onion website lists news organizations and activists you can reach via SecureDrop. It even details what kind of topics interest which one.
The Intercept is a news outfit specializing in “adversarial journalism.” The US armed forces were reportedly banned from reading it in 2014. The Intercept’s contact Tor website is based on SecureDrop.
ProPublica is an investigative journalism outlet. Their 2016 reporting on sexual abuse won the Pulitzer Prize that year. ProPublica is accessible on the “clear net” – that is, the regular internet you’re using right now. Yet it also maintains a Tor website.
ProPublica’s work is legal, so the .onion website is not very different from what you would find on the internet. Accessing it via a Tor browser gives you a layer of anonymity and security. You couldn’t have that on the clear net site (unless you’re on a VPN, of course). As a bonus, ProPublica is one of the most polished web experiences you’ll have on the dark web. The rest is decisively less so.
Tor is great for anonymity. This security is something that activists around the world need. That is why Riseup exists. It provides email and chats services that keep no records of your activity. It is protected from malicious attacks. Riseup also has no intention of cooperating with any government – unlike, say, Google.
Riseup supports the causes of “human liberation, the ethical treatment of animals, and ecological sustainability.” It does it by empowering “organizations and individuals to use technology in struggles for liberation.” That’s why Riseup also provides organizational tools, mailing lists, and more.
However, you need an invitation code to create a Riseup account. This means that the most enticing feature is likely unavailable to you. But you can still browse the security section! It has excellent tips on how to increase the information security of your daily life.
Google collects a lot of your information. Its search results tend to be biased. DuckDuckGo, however, was built on the idea of not collecting user data. The results that this search engine shows you are always neutral. It’s similar to the BlindSearch feature offered by Surfshark.
You’re most likely to find DuckDuckGo useful outside of the dark web. Indeed, it doesn’t search for Tor websites. This is a bit of a bummer since the popular Tor search engines are all ugly and uncomfortable to use. DuckDuckGo has a presentation similar to Google. And unlike the Tor search engines, it won’t lead you to quite so many illegal websites after a simple search.
Just like a clear net, Tor has its utility websites. ZeroBin is one of them. If you use the Tor network on the regular, you will want a way to share stuff with your dark web friends. ZeroBin allows you to do that with complete safety and anonymity.
One of its selling points is that even ZeroBin servers don’t know what you pasted. The data encryption takes place on your browser before it goes to the server. Options for sharing include password protection. And of course, the pastes will be deleted sometime later.
Hidden Answers is one of those Tor websites that keep making their way onto these lists. The reason for that is simple. Hidden Answers is the dark web version of Quora, Yahoo Answers, and Reddit. But since it’s a Tor website, it sees a lot less traffic, which is the reason why it might look a bit abandoned.
Once you access the site, you’ll soon notice that the questions on Hidden Answers touch upon a variety of topics. When people have the ultimate anonymity the internet can offer, they still ask where your nickname comes from – or would you have your head cryo-frozen after death. There are some shadier questions as well. They range from inquiries about torrenting websites to help with cheating on drug tests to hiring a hitman.
That’s Tor websites for you: someone is always looking either for drugs or hired assassins.
The dark web is a curious subject: it’s not that easy to use, and it seems to be popular among shady people. But what if we put it into stats? Tor Metrics is the website that measures who and where uses the network. Surprisingly enough, about 20% of daily users come from Russia. The US is in second place, with around 18% of the share.
Aside from revealing just how widely not-used Tor is (data suggests barely more 1.5 million daily users), you can also see the scope of the network. Metrics records slightly more than 60,000 unique .onion addresses. We already established that many of the links you find on link aggregators are offline. Thus, it paints a picture of the very small world of Tor websites.
Comic Book Library
Tor website lists like to harp about Sci-Hub. They miss two vital points: it’s down (at the time of writing), and a clear net version exists – you don’t need Tor to use it. Sci-Hub is mostly useful for academic types who know the PMID, DOI, or URLs of papers they want to access. At the same time, websites like the Imperial Library of Trantor store stuff that’s interesting to the broader public.
Imperial Library is a public depository of scanned books. As a bonus, it’s administered by a guy with a Riseup email address. To date, nearly four hundred thousand books have been uploaded. Interested in comic books instead? There’s also the Comic Book Library, with entries dating back to the 1930s. Of course, like any such effort, the scans are of dubious legality.
And for the end, a slice of something completely different. Some of the more famous Tor websites are about exploring the tunnels in American universities. Infrastructure like that is both dangerous and illegal to access. That’s why urban explorers hosted their blogs on Tor. It also helps that said universities are heavily tech-related.
IIT Underground – focused on Illinois Tech – is the smaller of the blogs. Beneath VT – that’s Virginia Tech – is more prominent. It provides more details on the tunnels as well as the dangers associated with them.