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If you have heard about the darknet markets, then you’ve probably heard about Silk Road 3.1.
Are you looking for a way to access this popular market? Well, you’ve found one of the best guides for doing so.
History of the Silk Road 3.1
Silk Road was originally founded in 2011 by Ross Ulbricht, arriving as one of the first and most popular existing darknet markets at the time.
They started out by selling magic mushrooms and grew from there. Ever since the market was closed, after its founder was arrested back in 2013, many dark web users have been trying to revive it.
The second version of the Silk Road (Silk Road 2.0) eventually failed after around a year or so. The Silk Road 2 creator was also busted. This was a major disappointment to users whose lost money from the seizure.
Considered as a continuation of the second, the third version (Silk Road 3.0) was viewed as a scam.
Then Silk Road 3.0 emerged as a copy of the original Silk Road but with much better security and a new team, the guys that are behind Crypto Market.
Silk Road 3went a long for quite some time, it also had periods of long down time but all these were for security upgrades. Silk Road 3 was taken down in 2017 by its admins.
With Silk Road 3.0 as its foundation, a new darknet market emerged. It officially launched as Silk Road 3.1.
Although it has the same admins and design as Silk Road 3.0 (as the sites were cloned), previous username and password information didn’t work on the new site. Many of the old users saw this as a possible exit scam.
But after registration, a form pops up saying users need to fill out certain information in order to refund money from the previous market. This step shows a sign of trustworthiness and commitment to users, considering that most of the admins in this case would just vanish with users’ Bitcoins.
Anyhow, since the Silk Road 3.1 is a darknet market, access to it is not granted until you sign up. If you want to stay anonymous and safe in the process of accessing the Silk Road 3.1 market and the dark web, you will want to follow the steps below.
What actually is the dark web?
This term refers to a hidden part of the internet, more precisely a unit of the deep web—which refers to every web page that cannot be found by traditional search engines.
The collection of websites that belong to the dark web exist on an encrypted network.
More importantly, they cannot be reached by any regular browsers (such as Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.) or through unencrypted networks.
Unencrypted means your data can be found and seen if someone is looking for it.
So, encrypted would mean that your data is converted into a kind of code, preventing every attempt for access that isn’t permitted.
The Tor Browser
To access the encrypted dark web, you will need specific software. For accessing the Silk Road 3.1 in particular, you should use Tor/The Onion Router.
The Tor Browser is an encryption tool that has the ability to hide your identity and activity, to a point anyway (not completely).
As a free software, Tor enables users to browse the internet anonymously, whether for legal or illegal purposes.
It is just one more tool to help lower the risk of revealing your identity and heightening your security level.
The US defense force are the ones that actually created Tor. This is a big reason why you should not put all of your trust in Tor, you need to take further precautions which we get into further down.
So, let’s jump straight to the guide!
1. Start using a Virtual Private Network (VPN)
The term VPN refers to a private network that’s extended across a public one.
Its power is contained in the ability to create a “tunnel” between the VPN server and your computer, which enables the user to surf the internet as he/she is directly connected to a private network.
Click here to find the best VPN’s to use with Tor.
If you combine a VPN with Tor, it will provide you with ample layers of encryption and protection while covering your anonymity. This way, the feds and ISPs (Internet Service Providers) won’t be able to trace your data back to you.
This encoding consists of an entry node and an exit node, starting from your computer and continuing all the way up to your intended destination.
However, if this “path” starts from the other side (your intended destination), link by link, code by code, it will eventually be traced back to you, leading the feds or ISPs back to you.
The whole process can also be compromised if a 3rd (LE) party is controlling the entry node, then know your IP.
To prevent this risk, be certain you use both VPN and the Tor browser.
2. Install a Virtual Private Network
After installing a VPN, which would take a couple of clicks and minutes, you are one step closer in the process of accessing Silk Road 3.1 safely and anonymously.
Installing a VPN provides significantly decreases you risk of being hacked, hides your IP address (which every computer has and can easily be connected and traced to you and your location) and taking any snoopers to the VPN IP address instead of your own.
This IP Address is shared with many other people so even if they could tell who was using the VPN (which they can’t if there are no logs) then they still cannot tell who is doing what.
So, in case Tor is at risk or someone tries to monitor your work, you are out of danger since you appear to be just another person using VPN for any sort of reason.
3. Download and install Tor
The Tor browser package is available for every operating system including Windows, Mac, Android, Ubuntu and Linux. Tor is free and it can be found at the following link:
After downloading the browser, installing it should take just a minute or two.
4. Close all programs and apps
While using any sort of privacy or anonymity service, it is exceptionally important that all traffic beginning from your computer is transmitted through the anonymous network.
If any traffic leaks outside of the secure connection to the network, your traffic can be monitored and your activity has the potential to be logged or recorded.
This type of security flaw can reveal your IP address to DNS (domain name system) servers, despite the use of VPN. To prevent this from happening, you MUST close all of the programs/apps that are operating on your computer.
This includes Google Drive, One Drive, Android, Skype and everything else that can be linked back to you.
5. Turn on your VPN
Open your VPN that you installed and connect to a city or country that is not where you are. I like to find the fastest server to connect to so Tor runs the quickest it can.
If your VPN has a kill switch (like IPVanish) then turn it on, this will kill your internet connection if anything weird happens with the VPN while you are using it and the encryption fails. This is usually in “Connection Settings”.
6. Open Tor
After closing all of the apps and starting your VPN, you can freely fire up your Tor browser, taking you one more step ahead in your access to the Silk Road 3.1.
I will exclude the part of how to use this browser because using the Tor browser itself is just like using any other browser (which you all know how to do).
Once you’ve prepared it, you’ll need to enter the correct website address of the Silk Road 3.1, which you can find below:
Legitimate .onion link for Silk Road 3.1
7. Get into Silk Road 3.1
After entering the link into the address bar on the Tor browser, you will be able to join the website. Remember that if you’re using a regular browser, the link won’t lead you anywhere.
NOTE: Maximizing your Tor browser can allow websites to determine your monitor size, which can be used to track you. It is recommended for you to leave Tor Browser windows in their original default size.
At the beginning, you will see the login screen on the website. If you don’t have an account on Silk Road, you’ll need to go to the –Register– spot. Registration for Silk Road 3.1 is free and open to everyone.
Here, you need to fill the blanks that require your username, password and pin information. You will also need to fill the captcha code, and then you can register.
If you had an account on the Silk Road 3.0, it is possible for you to recover your lost Bitcoins, as we mentioned before. You can do this on –Recover– (positioned fourth from left).
Here, you need to enter your username, your new password and a recovery key.
In order to do this, you should come up with a username and password that’s completely new. Think of something you’ve never used before and has nothing to do with you.
If you register with a username that you have already used before, the feds, hackers and ISPs could link it to your identity and trace it back to your address.
It is very important to remember this one, so make sure you make a note of it and keep it in a safe place—on the assumption you’ll ever need to recover your account.
Next, you need to open the “Login” button on the left in the top menu. Then go ahead and log in.
9. Now that you’re IN, let’s see what you can find on Silk Road 3.1
After logging in, firstly you will see the “Welcome back comrades” message. The page also has a section about vendor upgrades and accounts for users who thought they’d lost their previous Bitcoins.
In the –home– screen section, you can see every drug listing along with plenty of filters to help you make your choice and find your desired product.
10. Choice of Goods
Scrolling down, you will notice a well-organized list of drugs categories.
After selecting a suitable category, the listing will expand to more units including a picture of the good, its name, the price in BTC and USD, vendors and feedback, the category, and what country it ships from.
For example, I chose Cocaine, and after opening that category, the search expanded to a whole list for me to choose from.
If you click on your coveted product, you’ll be able to find details about the vendor and even establish a line of communication with them. You can also read previous questions from other buyers addressed to the seller.
Another thing you will find here are all details about your product. Don’t hesitate to inspect both the product and the vendor, and remember to focus on the ones with good reviews.
If you want to place an order, you have to follow a specific format to do so. There’s a blank for the quantity you want, for your shipping address and one for any additional information you want to provide.
After filling out these sections, you can enter a discount code (if you have one), your payment type, and then place the order.
12. Ready to buy from Silk Road 3.1?
More Info on Silk Road 3: https://silkroaddrugs.org
If you are prepared to buy from the Silk Road and everything is set up, you’ll need Bitcoins. Everything you need to know about buying, selling, using Bitcoins, etc. is contained in the following website: http://totalbitcoin.org/guide-on-how-to-buy-bitcoin/.
Just make sure you ALWAYS send your Bitcoins to your private wallet FIRST before sending them to Silk Road, DO NOT send the bitcoin directly from the exchange to Silk Road or any other darkweb site. The exchange will know what you are doing and lock your account with money and all. You will also go onto a list of people sending money to darkweb sites.
Last but not least, if you want to learn more about buying from the Silk Road, you should definitely visit this step by step guide: https://silkroaddrugs.org/how-to-buy-from-the-silk-road-3-0/ and learn much more about the do’s and don’ts of shopping on this website.
It’s important to remember that you are, in fact, on the dark web. So don’t lose your focus or rush anything that could endanger your safety.
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