2020 guide to entering TOR, ZeroNet, Freenet and I2P

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2020 guide to entering TOR, ZeroNet, Freenet and I2P
2020 guide to entering TOR, ZeroNet, Freenet and I2P

We bring you a guide to Here you can enter the most important darknets that configure the dark web, which is colloquially referred to as deep web, although this last term has a different meaning. The hidden internet or dark web It’s part of the network where you need certain applications to connect to, and that’s exactly what we’ll help you download and configure these tools to enter them.

We will teach you to connect to four different darknets, The first one will be that of GOALThis is probably the best known and most commonly used. We’ll also teach you how to connect ZERONETfreenet e I2P So you can explore them all and choose the one that convinced you the most, either by using them thoroughly or simply by searching them as we did also multiple times,

The difference between Deep Web, Dark Web and Darknet

It is important to distinguish four concepts: Clearnet, Deep Web, Dark Web and Darknet. The easiest to understand is the Clearnet, the Internet as you know it, the pages that you can find on Google and other search engines and which you can access directly from there. For example, Mediabloid is a page of the Clearnet, because if you find it quickly on Google and if you enter the web address, you will have no problems entering it.

~ 90% of the network content is not accessible via search engines. This is part of the deep web, which contains all information that you cannot access publicly. These can be conventional pages that are protected by a paywall, but also files that are stored in Dropbox, emails that are stored on your provider’s servers, and all pages that were created for a few moments, e.g. B. if you set up a travel search engine and the content displayed.

Deep Web
Deep Web

For example, imagine a page that you access by writing a traditional web address, but the content of which you cannot access unless you pay a certain fee or make a monthly payment. This is deep web. This also applies to the page that is generated when you use a travel search engine. It is a unique website that has been configured with the data you have entered and is not directly accessible.

If the deep web is 90% internet, the dark network would only take 0.1% of it, It is a part of the Internet that is intentionally hidden from search engines, has masked IP addresses and is only accessible with a special web browser. The dark web is therefore part of the deep web, but they are different things. For example, if the deep web were one city, the dark web would be multiple neighborhoods. They are part of the city, but they are not the city.

Darknet
Darknet

The dark web is the content that you can find in various darknets. These are the networks that you can only access with certain programs. Most popular GOALBut you also have Freenet, I2P or ZeroNet. Each of them is a darknet, but when we refer to everyone in general, we use the term dark web.Dark web is usually defined as a non-indexable zone by traditional search engines, which means that you cannot find its pages on Google, Bing and other search engines.

However, there are a few exceptions. For example Search engines were created for darknets like that TOR network, and we have some search engines like DuckDuckGo. They are also including this type of content.It is also important to make it clear that the dark web is by definition not bad and many of his myths are wrong and what has whole pages with constructive content. In addition, the Dark Web serves as protection for persecuted activists in particularly iron-free countries with freedom of expression and helps others bypass local censorship to access information.

Some myths about the dark web

There is a mystical glow on the dark web, like on a separate internet, where you can find many evil and hidden secrets. But if you want to go into that, you should first know that it’s not that much, and maybe You will find something that you cannot find on the open internet.

The main feature of this alternative internet is the theoretical confidentiality it offers, although it doesn’t prevent the illegal pages it contains can also be disassembled, For the average European countries, this network offers only a few advantages that go beyond morbidity and are comparable to those of the Internet in the 1990s.

However Your privacy is crucial in countries where there is a lot of institutional censorship and freedom of speech is amputated so much that Media like the BBC They are also interested in storing their information in it to make it more accessible. In these cases, these networks can be used to convey your opinions with complete freedom. Yes, it is true that freedom can have a double advantage and this service is also used for less noble purposes, but that does not mean that it is not equally important.

But come on, the main idea to think about is the following You will see some things you won’t find on Clearnet or the Deep Web. In this second, you count with pages and hidden forums of the search engines, in which similar content can be published, but which are still hosted on the open Internet.

What do you need to enter the dark web?

As you have seen, you do not need anything to enter the deep web because it is the traditional Internet, but with the pages that do not appear on the search engine. What we will explain to you is how to enter the dark web, because this is what we call colloquially deep web, and The method to be entered depends on the darknet to which you want to connect, Here are the steps you need to take to access the most important ones.

How to enter TOR’s Darknet

Web gate

TOR is possibly the most well-known darknet in the world, and its popularity has prompted those responsible for maintaining this network to offer such an easy alternative to get started Download a specially prepared browser for this. It’s called Tor Browser, and to download it you just have to go to the official website of torproject.org/download, Press the operating system you want to use it for. These can be the three most important ones for desktop and Android.

Tor install
Tor install

Once you’ve downloaded the installer, Select the target folder and the installer on your computer In the case of a desktop, installation is easy and there is no problem. In the case of Mobile, you can install it from Google Play or from the Internet where you can download APK file.

Tor connect
Tor connect

You will see that this does not open automatically, but first a window informing you that you can establish or configure the connection. Click the button Connect, and when the connection process is complete, Tor Browser opens and you can use it to navigate both Clearnet and the Tor network. It comes with the search engine DuckDuckGo configured to also find .onion pages, the domain of the websites of this darknet.

Hidden Wiki
Hidden Wiki

A good place to start is to search for “The Hidden Wiki” and enter the first result even a .com site, There you will find a large number of .onion pages and their description in English, sorted by topic. From there you just left Visit the different pages and search the content.

This is normal for TOR network sites to charge extremely slowly. This is due to the anonymization encryption of the network. This is exactly why you will find that most of them date from two decades, since they are usually created in simple HTML and without too much frills.

Tor in the Play Store
Tor in the Play Store

If you prefer You also have an Android version of TOR Browser What can you download from Google Play, Operation is extremely simple: Press the downloads when you switch it on Connect And that’s it, in a few seconds you will be connected to the TOR network.

Android version of TOR Browser
Android version of TOR Browser

If you choose to do this, operation couldn’t be easier because You just have to press the button ConnectWait a few seconds for the connection to be established and start browsing by typing the pages you want.

How to enter ZeroNet’s Darknet

Another very popular darknet is Zeronet a Alternative internet that works over P2P, This means that there are no central servers, but that network data is transferred from user to user, just like downloads from programs such as torrent or eMule. To access this network you also need a special application.

Zeronet
Zeronet

You can download the application from the official website. To do this, you have to enter zeronet.io and Press the option Download for Windows, If you are using MacOS or GNU / Linux, you can click the button Other platforms on your right.

Zeronet exe file
Zeronet exe file

The application comes in a .zip file, so you have to unzip the download and Open the application ZeroNet.exe or the alternative executable of your operating system. When you open it, ZeroNet will open in your browser, although you may be asked to allow access to Windows Firewall the first time You can see the application that is running in the hidden icons on the taskbar as a sign that the network is working.

Zeronet Welcome page
Zeronet Welcome page

ZeroNet will open in a new tab of your main browser and you will see in its address bar that you need to connect with an encrypted code. You can only navigate when you have opened the application. The main page is an index and On the left you have the pages created by those responsible from this darknet to start taking your first steps.

Zeronet sites
Zeronet sites

This network initially works a bit like a forum since the first websites are in this format, but then you can jump from one to the other and find pages with all the topics. A good site to start with may be 0list, which makes a small index where everyone can post their pages or forums. In any case, you are already surfing in ZeroNet and where you go depends on you.

How to enter Freenet’s Darknet

Download Freenet
Download Freenet

Freenet It’s another darknet, an alternative that works over P2P and has been fighting for privacy for about 20 years. To connect, you need to use a specific application, and enter your website freenetproject.org, go to the section download and download the connection executable. There are versions for Windows, Mac OS X and GNU / Linux.

Freenet Java
Freenet Java

Open the downloaded application to start the Freenet installer. The first thing you do is check if you have Java and If you don’t have Java, you will be asked to install it first because it will be necessary to use this subnet. In this case click on Install Java.

If you had to install Java because you didn’t have it when you click Install Java The process will be very simple. All you have to do is Press the key To install You have bottom right. If you want, you can also enable the option to select a destination folder, but this is not necessary.

Once Java is installed, the Freenet installer will notify you that everything is fine and you will need to click Further, This will take you to the screen where you can choose where to install the application, where to paste the shortcut in the Start menu, and whether you want to run another one on the desktop. They’re the same three screens of an application’s installer, and when you finally get to the summary, all you have to do is click on To install to confirm the entire process and continue installing Freenet.

Freenet icon
Freenet icon

Once the application is installed, run Freenet. You must allow access to the Windows firewall the first time. When you run the application, you can see the Freenet icon in the hidden icons on the Windows taskbar, a sign that it is already working. If you click on that icon The Freenet homepage opens in a browser tab that you’re using.

When you open Freenet in a browser tab, you get to a first screen where you can choose how you want to connect. You can opt for a low-security connection that connects to other users’ computers (remember that this is a P2P). However, you can also opt for a high level by connecting to a friend on more pages. Here It is best to start with little certainty and thus be able to navigate through all pages.

The next screen will ask you to use Freenet in your browser’s private mode. After this screen You must choose the size of the data store, Because it is a P2P network, you need to host the pages you visit on your computer that other users have downloaded. Here Follow the recommendations between 10 and 20 GB to ensure a correct navigation, click Next.

The next screen of the browser will ask if you have a monthly data limit connection to take this into account when downloading. And if you answer You need to configure the download and upload speed You want the application. You can choose the maximum speed that you have at home or that does not affect your work. If you select them or set them manually, click Next.

After you have completed the initial configuration, you will finally reach the Freenet homepage. In this You will see an index of the main pages of the dark web. In this directory you will find several indexes with which you can explore the pages in the network. At this point, the type of content you are accessing depends on you.

How to enter I2P’s Darknet

I2P Website
I2P Website

And the fourth option we present to access part of the dark web is use the Darknet I2P, another anonymous network that was created in 2003. To access it, you must also install your own application. To do this you have to go its official website and Press the key Download I2P The icon turns green and shows the number of the latest version of the application.

Next, go to a page on the You need to click on the operating system installer you have and from where you will connect You have the option to use it for Windows, MacOS, Ubuntu, GNU / Linux in general and Android. Click on the name of the desired file and the download begins.

After downloading, start the application. After selecting the language on the first screen, you will get to a simple process. Just press on the first two screens FurtherIn the third step, choose whether you want to change the installation directory. You will be taken to the fourth screen where you have to choose whether you only want to install or add the base Windows Service This is only to make the application run when you start the computer.

It is sufficient to install only the basic package Just press Further, The application will be installed and if you proceed to the progress screen you can decide which shortcuts to add. After this process, just press the button Finished and you’re done.

When you’re done, launch the application and paste the exception into Windows Firewall when prompted. When you’re done, the main I2P website opens in the browser. When you open I2P for the first time, you can carry out the initial configuration, This is really not essential and you have the option to skip it. However, if you do, you’ll find information, a speed test, and the ability to configure the data transfer rate you want to use.

You will now be taken to the main screen of this darknet You have to wait a few minutes for the connection to be established between the peers that configure this P2P network. If you’re tired of waiting, you’ll need to configure a proxy in the browser with which you connect faster.

The bad news is that this darknet is very likely to not connect to the first one and that you will need to do an advanced configuration in your browser to Connect to a proxy server which ensures safe navigation. Just like explain in the documentation do you have to Use P 127.0.0.1 with port 4444 for HTTPand with port 4445 for HTTPS.

I2P Web
I2P Web

If you’ve been waiting for it to work properly, or have configured the proxy server, then You can browse the I2P pages, In the main version we showed you above, you have links to the most interesting ones, of which you can already try to find others to connect to.

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