Popular Onion Services
Search engines are the gateway to the Internet, and one of the most popular search engines also offers its services on the Tor network: At https://3g2upl4pq6kufc4m.onion DuckDuckGo offers the same functionality as at duckduckgo.com. Another Tor-friendly search engine is startpage.com. However, it does not offer its own onion service. Using one of these search engines there is one problem: Websites within the Tor network are very hard or impossible to find with DuckDuckGo or startpage.
Special search engines within the Tor network also allow you to find Onion Services (formerly known as Hidden Services). One of the most popular search engines for onion services is Ahmia.fi. The search results are moderated and abusive search results are removed as quickly as possible. A similar concept is used by the search engine Not Evil. The name of this search engine is a tribute to the former Google motto: “Don’t be evil!”
Besides the search engines just mentioned, there are others, such as Candle. However, these are usually unreliable, show fraudulent advertising or do not remove abusive pages from their search index. Therefore our recommendation is limited to these 4 search engines.
News and entertainment
Entertainment and news sites are also present in the Onion world. Freedom of information is a great asset, and major international newspapers appreciate Tor’s censorship resistance. For example, the BBC and New York Times have their own website accessible through a dedicated Onion service. The largest non-profit organization for investigative journalism, ProPublica, is also on the Tor network. Apart from the big newspapers, there are many curious things to discover, such as the
Facebook is the only major social network to offer access via its own .onion address. Facebook can be accessed at https://www.facebookcorewwwi.onion/ even in countries with strong censorship measures. However, it is important to note that a visit to Facebook in the Onion Network is not anonymous, as the user logs in with a user name, usually even the real name. You can find more information on this in the Basics of secure browsing.
Should you find yourself in the unfavorable situation of having to reinstall the operating system of your computer including all programs, you will find a wide range of potential options available through an .onion domain. The popular Linux-based system
PGP & Encryption
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression. This is stated in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In order to enforce this right, in some cases, it is unfortunately necessary to use tools to encrypt communications. One such tool is PGP, and the corresponding keyserver infrastructure is available through an .onion service too.
If you can’t (or don’t want to) rely on cloud providers like Google, Mega or Dropbox, SporeStack‘s Virtual Servers allow you to configure your own cloud infrastructure including Nextcloud, web hosting and email servers. For those who need a private cloud within the Tor network, but don’t want to configure it themselves, goINPUT offers a variety of pre-configured offerings.
- Debian – http://sejnfjrq6szgca7v.onion/ (more links)
- Qubes OS – http://qubesosfasa4zl44o4tws22di6kepyzfeqv3tg4e3ztknltfxqrymdad.onion/
- Whonix – http://www.dds6qkxpwdeubwucdiaord2xgbbeyds25rbsgr73tbfpqpt4a6vjwsyd.onion/
- pgp.key-server.io – http://gnjtzu5c2lv4zasv.onion/
- sporestack.com – http://spore64i5sofqlfz5gq2ju4msgzojjwifls7rok2cti624zyq3fcelad.onion/
This and that
The Tor network is much more than just the websites presented here. It consists of small blogs, big sites, and useful services from various niches. For example, there is a one-click hoster for images called Matrix, a one-click file hoster, and a non-censurable alternative to Pastebin. The Tor Project itself provides various statistics about Tor on a dedicated page, and Matt Traudt rants about the current state of the Tor network and search engines. There is so much to discover if you just start looking!