Best search engines for Tor's dark web

Finding hidden services for Tor can be tricky without the help of a search engine. Fortunately, there are quite a few. Links to these search engines work only for browsers that allow access to hidden services, such as the Tor Browser and Brave.

1. Ahmia

This search engine is free software and has more than 53 000 hidden services indexed Keep reading Best search engines for Tor's dark web

TikTok privately with ProxiTok

TikTok is a centralised social network and requires the use of proprietary software. It is practically impossible to query TikTok with the browser in a decent way without losing privacy or freedom... unless you use another interface, such as ProxyTok, which I describe in this article.

The ProxiTok interface is simple. You can go to trending content, discover users and search by username, tag, TikTok URL, music identifier and video identifier.

Search by username
Profile of @a_commoner. It can also be followed by RSS.

The project was launched on 1 January 2022, so it is quite young and more features are expected to be added. To automatically redirect to ProxiTok you can install the LibRedirect extension, which also prevents other privacy-harmful websites.

There are several public instances, and it is possible to install one on your own server.

Privacy is a collective issue

Many people give a personal explanation as to why they do or do not protect their privacy. Those who don't care much are heard to say that they have nothing to hide. Those who do care do so to protect themselves from unscrupulous companies, repressive states, etc. In both positions it is often wrongly assumed that privacy is a personal matter, and it is not.

Privacy is both an individual and a public matter. Data collected by large companies and governments is rarely used on an individual basis. We can understand privacy as a right of the individual in relation to the community, as Edward Snowden says:

Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say.

Your data can be used for good or bad. Data collected unnecessarily and without permission is often used for bad.

States and big tech companies blatantly violate our privacy. Many people tacitly acquiesce by arguing that nothing can be done to change it: companies have too much power and governments won't do anything to change things. And, certainly, those people are used to giving power to companies that make money from their data and are thus telling states that they are not going to be a thorn in their side when they want to implement mass surveillance policies. In the end, it harms the privacy of those who care.

Collective action starts with the individual. Each person should reflect on whether they are giving out data about themselves that they should not, whether they are encouraging the growth of anti-privacy companies and, most importantly, whether they are compromising the privacy of those close to them. The best way to protect private information is not to give it out. With an awareness of the problem, privacy projects can be supported.

Personal data is very valuable — so much so that some call it the “new oil” — not only because it can be sold to third parties, but also because it gives power to those who hold it. When we give it to governments, we give them the power to control us. When we give them to companies, we are giving them power to influence our behaviour. Ultimately, privacy matters because it helps us preserve the power we have over our lives that they are so intent on taking away. I'm not going to give away or sell my data, are you?

How to investigate people through social networks

Few cyberspace detectives pay attention to the usage patterns of social networks, which can reveal deep desires, moods, etc. The social network algorithm Keep reading How to investigate people through social networks

YouTube privately with Piped

Just like Invidious, Piped offers a free and privacy-friendly to YouTube.

The advantage of Piped is that it works with SponsorBlock, so you don't waste time putting up with sponsored parts of videos. I've only mentioned the features I find most useful; a more detailed list is available on the project page.

YouTube channen shown by Piped

Some disadvantages compared to Invidious are that it does not allow you to sort the videos of a channel according to age or popularity, but simply shows the latest videos of the channel; there is no button to download videos and audio; you do not see a thumbnail of the frame when hovering the mouse over the timeline; the thumbnail of the video does not appear when sharing a link...

You can move the video, read comments and descritions...
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