If you’re familiar with the dark web, then you know that it can be accessed through special software like Tor or I2P, which encrypts traffic and hides the identity of users. You also probably know that dark websites are often referred to by their onion addresses – these special URLs use the .onion top-level domain, which is only accessible through Tor browsers.
But what you may not have realized is that the way onion addresses work has changed. Starting in Sept 2020, older V2 onion sites started shutting down as part of an upgrade to a new version called V3. And when they shut down, any links pointing to them will stop working.
Fortunately all the links on darkweblinks.io have been updated, so you can put away any concerns in that regard.
This change could come as a shock to many people who have been using the dark web for years. V2 onion addresses were easy to remember and use, making them convenient ways to access hidden websites. Without them, accessing the dark web will become a bit more complicated – you’ll need to rely on v3 onion links instead.
Fortunately, v3 onions aren’t all that different from their predecessors. Like v2 onions, v3 onion addresses also use Tor encryption to keep your identity and activity private. And while they may appear less user-friendly at first glance, they are still relatively simple to use once you get the hang of them.
So if you’re looking to continue exploring the dark web after V2 onion sites start disappearing, don’t worry – v3 onion links will keep you connected. Just be sure to update your bookmarks and start using the new address format now that they’ve been deprecated as of July 2021.
What do you think about the upcoming change from v2 to v3 onion links? Let us know in the comments below!