On its own, the Tor network is already one of the most secure tools for accessing the
internet out there. There is now so much going on with Tor, though, so we can
understand if you also feel lost sometimes.
If you are new to the router network, though, that should not mean you don’t get to
enjoy the best of what it has to offer – especially in the way of privacy and security.
That is why we have developed this piece to point you towards some of the best .onion
sites (privacy-focused too) that you can find on the Tor network.
Are you tired of having Google track everything you do? Are you tired of turning
everywhere and seeing them waiting for you? Then DuckDuckGo is the search engine
that gives you the first step into freedom, as you want it.
The search engine does not need to log any personal data about you at all before they
give you relevant search results. Using them over the Tor network ensures that you are
not losing sensitive data to your browser while plugging the search engine leak too.
Use DuckDuckGo once and you start wondering why Google needs to collect all that
data about you to give curated search results.
2 Wasabi Wallet
Cryptocurrency is already decentralized and anonymous, but there are still a series of
ways by which your data could be dug up on the platform.
For one, you run the risk of someone running your wallet address through the
blockchain network – and they get to see all of the transactions that have happened
with that wallet address. Likewise, that can make it easy for people to see who is paying
you and who you are sending your funds too.
Not so secret anymore, is it?
The Wasabi wallet shines in how it allows you to mix up your transactions with that of
others on the same platform. That way, it becomes increasingly difficult to track a single
transaction on the network. At the same time, they are more reliable than other mixers
who rarely work, and might also steal your coins.
Volunteers, activists, political refugees, and such people need to have a secure mode of
communication if they are to keep under the radar.
Even though the conventional chat platforms will promise end-to-end encryption and all
that, they still have their flaws. One such flaw is that the place of origin of a message
can be pinged with the IP address of the device that it was sent with.
This will not be an issue with a platform like Riseup.
The service has been around since 1999, so you know that it must be doing something
right if it has been in the market for this long. Likewise, it is run on an onion site which
can only be accessed from within the Tor browser too. That helps to add an extra layer
of security to the communication being run through the service.
Do you want to blow the whistle? Would you have to upload files that will support your
claim so that a solid case can be made? There is almost no way to do so anonymously
with the common file-sharing services out there.
We have Google Drive, Dropbox, and more in this category. While they allow for the
sharing of large files too, that is not done anonymously.
The IP address associated with the sharing device can even be tracked to determine
who is behind such a leak. That might not encourage more people to expose
wrongdoings for the fear of being found out.
Such fears can be quelled with SecureDrop.
This SecureDrop is already in use by many journalists and news houses from all around
the world. Just go there and drop the files for the intended recipients. When they open
their mailbox later, they will find it there.
The best thing is that they don’t know who you are – unless you choose to come
This guest post by @TechWarn
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