OnionShare Lets Anyone Host Anonymous Dark Web Sites

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A new version of OnionShare now lets you easily create fundamental dark anonymous websites on Tor so that they can not be censored. This is particularly useful if you want to publish information anonymously, but you don’t want to deal with how to set up your own dark web server.

OnionShare is a Windows, Mac, and Linux software originally designed to allow you to share and receive files easily and anonymously on the dark web. This is done by grouping the Tor client together and turning your computer into a web server that is only accessible via Tor.

When sending or receiving files, OnionShare generates a random.. onion address to share files with others or to transform your device into an anonymous drop-box for users to send files.

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OnionShare configured as an Anonymous Dropbox

In the screen below, for example, you can see what it looks like, if OnionShare is set up as an anonymous dropbox.

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Sending files to an OnionShare user

Now let’s release OnionShare 2.2 websites

Users can now build basic web pages using HTML, JavaScript and photos with the release of OnionShare 2.2 and post them anonymously on the Dark Web.

This enables you to publish an anonymous site which can not be censored and which will keep your visitors anonymous when they access the site.

“This page is only available from the Tor network, so users will have to use Tor Browser,” the new version of OnionShare announces. “People visiting your site will have no idea who you are–they will not have access to your IP address and they will never know your identity or where you are.

And, until your visitors are able to access the Tor network, the site can not be censored.” To publish the site via OnionShare, just click on the tab “Publish Website” and drag the HTML, JavaScript and photo files for OnionShare. If you are ready to access your site, click the Start Sharing button to publish the site to the Tor network.

When posted, OnionShare shows a random URL that can be shared with users. You can also use a “persistent address” to configure the program settings and put this in “public mode,” to make use of an ordinary onion address as shown below.

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Website Published

Now, when a user visits the website in the Tor Browser the website is displayed via OnionShare from your computer.

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My first dark web site

It should be remembered, however, that once you use OnionShare to publish a website, OnionShare and your machine need to keep running for other users on the Tor network to access the site.

Melina Richardson is a Cyber Security Enthusiast, Security Blogger, Technical Editor, Certified Ethical Hacker, Author at Cybers Guards & w-se. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.