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How to Install Tor Browser and VPN to access Dark Web.

Hello Everyone,

Hope you are doing well…

Today we will discuss about how to Install Tor Browser and VPN to access Dark Web.

To access the vast majority of the dark web, you’ll need Tor. Tor is a network of volunteer relays through which the user’s internet connection is routed. The connection is encrypted and all the traffic bounces between relays located around the world, making the user anonymous.

Steps to install Tor Browser-:

INSTALLATION

For Windows:

  1. Navigate to the Tor Browser – https://www.torproject.org/download/
  • Download the Windows .exe file
  • When the download is complete, double click the .exe file. Complete the installation wizard process.

For macOS:

  1. Navigate to the Tor Browser  – https://www.torproject.org/download/
  2. Download the macOS .dmg file
  3. (Recommended) Verify the file’s signature.
  4. When the download is complete, double click the .dmg file. Complete the installation wizard process.

For GNU/Linux:

  1. Navigate to the Tor Browser  – https://www.torproject.org/download/
  2. Download the GNU/Linux .tar.xz file
  3. (Recommended) Verify the file’s signature.
  4. When the download is complete, extract the archive with the command tar -xf [TB archive] or by using an archive manager.
  5. You’ll need to tell your GNU/Linux that you want the ability to execute shell scripts from the graphical interface or the command line. Navigate to the newly extracted Tor Browser directory. Right click on start-tor-browser.desktop, open Properties or Preferences and change the permission to allow executing file as program. Double-click the icon to start up Tor Browser for the first time.

Note: On Ubuntu and some other distros if you try to launch the start-tor-browser.desktop file a text file might open up. To change this behaviour and launch Tor Browser instead, follow this: Open “Files” (GNOME Files/Nautilus) → open Preferences → go to the ‘Behaviour’ Tab → Select “Run them” or “Ask what to do” under “Executable Text Files”. If you choose the latter click on “Run” after launching the start-tor-browser.desktop file.

  • Alternatively, from inside the Tor Browser directory, you can also start from the command line by running:

./start-tor-browser.desktop

Now we will install VPN-:

Here is the list of the best VPNs for the dark web:

  1. NordVPN Our #1 choice for the dark web. Extremely fast, with a no-logging policy, Tor over VPN servers, and a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Now will be discussing VPN with Tor and access the dark web.

There are many ways to connect to Tor, but for brevity’s sake we’ll assume you’re using the Tor browser.

Here’s how to access the dark web with a VPN:

  1. Sign up for and install a VPN. Our top recommendation is NordVPN. For free VPN you can use “Hide Me” VPN.
  • Select a server location and connect to the VPN. Wait for the connection to be established.
  • Open the Tor Browser – After Installing Tor, Tor Browser will get started and establish a connection with VPN.
  • After then a Browser will get open for safe searching and a search engine named as DuckDuckGo will appear.

Then you can search for the .onion links and here the safe connection will be made between our connection and the internet.

  • Surf the dark web!

After launching the Tor browser, type the .onion address into its address bar. For example, to access Facebook’s hidden service, you’d enter the following address:

https://facebookcorewwwi.onion/

As we can see that the Tor Circuit was made from our browser (This Browser) —– Facebookcorewwwi.onion and in between many locations got changed so as to keep our location hide from the attackers.

Recommendation: Next Blog will be on Onion Links.

Thank you for your time.

AUTHOR
HIMANSHU BHARDWAJ
CYBER SECURITY INTERN

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