How To Access .onion Websites

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).

Browsing Tor should keep you safe and anonymous, but there is one more thing you can do if you want to be extra safe. Click the shield button right next to the search bar, and then click “Advanced Security Settings…”. Change the setting to Safest. This will block JavaScript by default on web pages.

JavaScript is a programming language that runs in your browser and allows it to do many interactive things, but it is also an attack vector that makes you less secure. If you find that this breaks any websites that you visit, you can always enable JavaScript on a per-tab basis using the NoScript button in your toolbar.

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.

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