#MoreOnionsPorfavor: Onionize your website and take back the internet
July 08, 2020
Starting today, July 8th, the Tor Project is running a one month campaign called #MoreOnionsPorfavor to raise awareness about onion sites, that is, websites available over onion services. We recently released a feature called Onion-Location in Tor Browser that announces to users if a website has an onion site available. Join us to make a more secure web! To participate, enable Onion-Location, share your onion site using the hashtag #MoreOnionsPorFavor on your favorite social media, and we’ll select some onion service operators to receive a Tor swag. See below for all the details.
As protests are sparkling around the world, we know that the struggles for a more just society are closely surveilled by those in power. The things that we do online, where we are, the websites that we’ve visited, who we’ve talked to data being collected and analyzed to draw the social graph of activists and monitor. As many digital security trainers point out: protests may have an end, but metadata forever.
he Tor Project we develop privacy enhancing technologies to protect and advance human rights. is called Onion Services. way to protect users metadata like their real location, end-to-end authentication and end-to-end encryption by default when visit a website. One can easily spot an onion service as the domains are a public key encoded as an address ending with .onion.
Since users have a legit and increasing concern safe online, developers, system administrators and websites owners can and should offer a more secure experience to users. If you run a website, you can improve its security by offering a version of your site over onion services.
Recently we implemented a way to announce and publicize onion site using Onion-Location. When visi a website that has both onion services and Onion-Location enabled, Tor Browser will display an information pill telling that there’s a more secure version of the website ,and will be asked to opt-in to upgrade to the onion service on their first use.
Many web administrators already joined us and made their websites available over onion services and Onion-Location. For example, ProPublica, DEF CON, Privacy International, Riseup.net, Systemli.org, Write.as. And now, we invite you to join this campaign: #MoreOnionsPorfavor.
Setting up an onion site with Onion-Location
Some onions are very easy to cultivate, but others you may need professional support. For enterprise scale websites, we recommend getting in touch with us.
First, you need to configure your web server so it doesn’t give away any information about your user location. As any other service connected to the internet, it can be risky if it’s misconfigured. Therefore, we recommend reading and following onion services documentation and best practices.
After you’ve configured your web server and onion service, you can setup Onion-Location.. It’s worth mention that Onion-Location will only work if you’ve already setup an TLS certificate for your domain, i.e. Let’s Encrypt.
Once you’ve set up your onion site, send an email to @torproject.org> and announce it on your favorite social media using the hashtag #MoreOnionsPorfavor. Next month, we will select some onion site operators to receive a Tor swag as a token of our gratitude for your help defending the secure internet. Set up your onion site and email us by to qualify.
Other ways to help
If you can’t run an onion service but want to help to take back the internet, there are other ways you can help:
- Make a donation to the Tor Project to support our work developing and sharing tools for privacy and freedom online.
- Help translate Tor Community portaland documentation including information on how to set up an onion service.
- Ask to your favorite website to make th available over onion services.
It’s time to raise the bar of privacy and onionize your site!