It should come as no surprise to anyone who’s used the dark web that concealing your identity is a priority.
Even if you aren’t involved in anything criminal, it’s still a good idea. So, if you’re creating an account for a site of some kind, it’s definitely safer if you don’t use the same login credentials as you do on other sites.
What I sometimes do, when trying to come up with a login name, is use a nonsense word generator. One of the best ones is at Soybomb.com (yeah, it’s named after this dude):
The program generates a list of 50 nonsense words each time you click the “generate” link. I don’t know if you can actually read those, but that aside…
It’s crazy, but some of these actually make perfect login names (in my opinion, anyway)! Another great site for this is Fake Word Generator For Great Made-Up Words! That site, though, tends to repeat words more often than Soybomb does.
Anyway, let’s say you pick a name off one of those lists, like “andocide.” Now comes the second part – your password/passphrase. Weak passwords are often one of the reasons that people’s accounts get hacked easily, whether on the dark web or the surface web.
Dice or No Dice?
A good technique for generating more secure passwords is to use the “diceware” method, which comes up with random words based on a series of dice rolls. This may not work for everyone, but hear me out.
The way diceware works is that you use dice (actual, physical dice) to come up with a series of random numbers. You arrange the numbers into sets of five digits, each of which represents a word.
For example: 11651 =aloft / 11311 = addle
What words am I talking about, you ask? There are several standard lists of diceware words, listed in numerical order. One of those can be found here: Diceware Passphrase FAQ. But, if you want to take the time and effort, you can also randomly generate your own diceware words using the same system – it’s just more tedious.
So, here’s an example of a passphrase generated with the diceware technique (not one I’ve actually used for anything):
That might not seem that secure, but the key is that a human didn’t come up with it. People, in general, are pretty predictable when it comes to things like passwords (like using someone’s birthday, favorite color, favorite food, etc.). A pair of dice is a lot more unpredictable. You do still have to remember the passphrase that comes out, so you might want to record it somewhere.
Onto the Websites!
Now that you have your randomly generated name and randomly generated passphrase, you’re better prepared for exploring the dark web. Again, you don’t have to do it this way, but it seems like a smarter option than using the same login you use for, say, your email or bank account.
Yes, it takes a little extra time to do, but I think the result is worth it.