Finally, A Domain Name!

So, it only took me three years, but finally, I registered the domain name From now on, that will be the official name. Now, what to do with this? Although I’ve been doing this mostly for fun, I’d be perfectly OK with receiving donations, particularly for “premium” content. So, how would that work, exactly? […]

Can You Be 100% Anonymous?

One of my readers recently emailed me and asked if you could be “100% anonymous” online. I think that it’s possible, but you need to take a lot of steps. To be honest, I’m not 100% anonymous at present, so maybe I’m not the one to ask, but I’m in the process of researching it. […]

HackerCombat: Secure in the Dark Web?

Before I start, I should say – I’m not writing this to make enemies in the dark web world; I just like to get proper info out there. Like when I say there’s no “Marianas Web.” That being said, one of the sites I subscribe to is Hacker Combat, and I happened to notice that they […]

Red Room Follow Up, Part II

Previously, on Secrets of the Dark… We examined the claim that there are, in fact, red rooms on the dark web. Several readers had said that they had either witnessed a red room, or knew someone who had been victimized by one. Well, this is the only red room I’ve seen: Twin Peaks fans, anyone? […]

Should You Use a VPN with Tor? (Well, No.)

This seems to be a very frequently asked question, and on many sites, people will tell you that you should use a VPN with Tor, for “extra protection.” Based on my research, however, I disagree – and this seems to be an unpopular opinion. One reference I’d like to cite is a blog post by […]

Closed Shell Systems? Nope!

I’m writing this in response to a comment I received on my previous post. It reads: I have DN42 connected. When I ‘dig @ chaos’ this returns SERVFAIL or REFUSED. Same with ChaosVPN and Anonet DNS. What is .chaos TLD? Closed Shell System? To my knowledge, there is no such thing as the top-level domain […]

Alienet: a Different Sort of VPN

by Ciphas Good morning, readers! I’m back after quite the hiatus. I confess this is because I’ve been writing for other publications! (That’s good, right?) I’ve also been (as the title says) exploring quite a few more darknets beyond just Tor, I2P, and Freenet. Maybe this is obvious to some, but those three are only […]