donderdag 13 oktober 2011

Accesing the Deep Web with Tor Project

Hello,

I am writing this blog to explain how you can discover the Deep Web using Tor Project. Many sites write about it, but I find a lot of them a bit vague.

If you want to know more about the Deep Web, read the many wikipedia articles about it. Such as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_web
 
The Hidden Wiki has more information about the Deep Web. Which I will discuss in this post aswell.

First of all you need to download the Tor Browser bundle. Which can be found at https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en

This helps you to browse more safely in general, and also makes you able to visit the "hidden" pages. Which are generally generated adress, ending with .onion as the host suffix. I encourage you to use this even if you decide to not browse in the Deep Web.

After you have downloaded the package, simply extract and open the folder. It should contain something like this:

Click the start Tor Browser icon to start using Tor!
The Vidalia Control Planel comes up. It may take some time to load this. A browser-window will come up, saying you have succesfully configured your browser to use Tor.

Note: you must be using Firefox. Which can be downloaded at http://www.getfirefox.com/

I highly recommend using this browser. Note that your Firefox will now be called "Aurora". This is just your ordinary browser with some extra features in it, mainly to help you browse more anonymously. 

Next, let's start actually visiting an .onion website! The Hidden Wiki. Paste this link into your browser: kpvz7ki2v5agwt35.onion (Note: it may take a while to load, sometimes pages are offline) Example of the Hidden Wiki main page:

This will load a page that looks a lot like the original wikipedia.org website, but contains a lot of articles about the Deep Web, what kind of stuff you can find on it, and  has various .onion links that you can try out.

At last, a few things I would like to point out:

- This article describes using Tor only, there are other methods to browse the Deep Web. Read about them aswell, you can find information about it in the Hidden Wiki.

- Be alert, some of the .onion pages may contain malicious files. I recommend browsing in a Virtual Machine. A few Virtual Machine clients are:

- VirtualBox
- VirtualPC
- VMWare Virtual Machine

If you don't know what a virtual machine is, read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_machine 

This makes you able to browse just as easy as on your regular machine. But if you get a virus, your PC won't be at such a high risk. By using a Virtual Machine with Tor, the risk of getting infected with a malicious code will be at its minimum on your regular PC.

- A lot of the websites contain information/media about banned items. Such as Child Pornography, selling weapons and drugs, creating bombs. I advice you to not visit them, you could get in to some serious trouble.

- .onion pages tend to be offline quite more often than websites on the "surface web". Those are the websites you can find back in the Google Cache, and are visible to anyone with an internet connection and a browser. Simply wait a bit and try visiting the website again. In general it takes some time to visit these websites.

Hopefully you have found this article useful and more importantly: clear. I believe it should take you minimum time to browse on the Deep Web, using this article.

Feedback is highly appreciated, or just leave a message if you found this article useful.

See you on the Deep Web!