Tor enables people from anywhere on the planet to access sites and data that might otherwise be blocked. They may use Tor to browse sites and content without divulging their physical or online location, and Tor’s Onion Networking provides people with greater confidence regarding the authenticity of the site they are accessing
Hosting a site on Tor can be done very easily but comes with a lot of ways to break the privacy that is so valuable and often requiring changes to both infrastructure and the site itself.
Among other things we have a turn-key solution allowing almost any website to be placed on the Tor network without requiring expensive redevelopment.
Tor users may already access your website anonymously and securely thanks to the Tor Network, however this does not protect their traffic from bad actors on the public internet or at rogue “exit nodes”. Providing a Tor “Onion Address” helps obviate these risks by giving people a trusted path to your site, a path that is owned by you. Onion addresses are “self-authenticating addresses“: the address itself is a cryptographic proof of the identity of the service. For example the Tor project website can also be found at http://expyuzz4wqqyqhjn.onion/ [NB: this link will only work in Tor-enabled browsers].
Adding an Onion address to your site gives a number of advantages:
- Extra privacy for people that visit your site
- Extra confidence that the site they have connected to is yours
- Freedom from oversight and network surveillance
- Access to your site cannot be blocked by an ISP, company or state
- Enhanced communications integrity & tamper-proofing
- Guaranteed use of a more security-aware browser, Tor Browser
Additionally: setting up an Onion address can provide less contention, more speed & more bandwidth to people accessing your site than they would get via Tor “exit nodes”.