The misconception surrounding the Deep web that it’s used just for illegal activities is quite common but if you are of the opinion that all of your crucial data — location, websites you visit and more — must not be accessed by your browser or search engine every time you access the internet, you can consider using the deep web.
To access websites on the ‘dark’ part of the deep web you would require a Tor browser and must have the .onion domain for the website. It can get quite tedious for a newbie find out such websites because links on the deep web are dynamic — they keep changing to avoid surveillance — and if you were wondering how you could find active .onion websites on the deep web, we have enclosed 5 ways to do so.
Disclaimer: The websites given below are a doorway for one to find .onion websites. Since you would be on the deep web for this, you may come across quite a lot of nasty stuff on these pages. Be careful of links you access on these as your identity isn’t totally masked on the deep web and governments or other authorities like the Five Eyes / 9 Eyes / 14 Eyes surveillance network constantly have an eye on people interacting on such websites — especially on the ones that run illegal activities.
Also read: What is Ransomware? How to protect yourself against it
Torch is a web search engine that is probably one of the oldest ways using which .onion websites are accessed on the dark web. Looking for websites is very similar to how you would search for websites on traditionally used search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and others.
You can access Torch on tor here.
This is a successor of TorSearch and Evil Wiki — initially the best ways to surf the Darknet. Not Evil is simple to use yielding quite relevant results.
You can access Not Evil on Tor here.
The Hidden Wiki
Perhaps one of the best directories of .onion websites, Hidden Wiki sorts the websites as per category and makes it very easy for everyone to access the deep web.
You can access The Hidden Wiki on Tor here.
Developed in 2014 by Juha Nurmi, Ahmia is a search engine that is used to search for .onion websites on Tor.
This is a very effective search engine that lets you find websites pertaining to various categories. You can access the website using traditional browsers here or on tor directly here.
This is a pretty reliable source through which you can find .onion websites for the latest news and discussions related to Tor’s hidden services. This Reddit community has been around for 6 years now and can be accessed here.
Again, remember to be very careful whilst surfing through these websites as well as the links you access. Safe Surfing!