So you want to access .onion sites, but you don’t know how. Then this guide is for you!
First, what are .onion sites? Onion sites are hidden services that can only be accessed through Tor, The Onion Router. Tor is a program that lets you be anonymous on the internet.
The best way to use Tor is to download the Tor Browser.
(You can also access onions by adding “.to” after “.onion” in your regular browser, but this is not a good idea because it does not protect your identity. Your traffic is not anonymized and your ISP as well as others may be able to spy on what you’re doing.)
Installing Tor is simple. You just download and run the Tor Browser executable corresponding to your operating system (probably Windows) from the link above and it will install Tor Browser on your system. After this, you can open Tor Browser like any other application.
Once you open Tor Browser, you can use it like any other browser. Tor Browser is based on Firefox, so if you have used Firefox before, you will feel right at home.
To access onions, just find an onion you want to access and click the link (or paste it into your address bar if it’s in a different browser).
Also, when Tor Browser notifies you that there is a new update available, you should install this update immediately. This will keep you secure against security bugs that are discovered in the browser.