Tor is a network routing layer that is perhaps best known for so-called anonymity. While anonymity is a myth given storage of traffic by government agencies, we can still benefit from the addressing aspect of it and leverage it for perpetual unmetered identity ownership.


This applies as well as phone numbers and domain names. These IDs are ephemeral and require payment to maintain, while using asymmetric keys as a routable address creates a different mode of ownership that requires no bill payment.

Public key .onion address replaces domain names

"Zooko's Triangle" (which is discussed in Stiegler's Petname Systems) argues that names cannot be global, secure, and memorable at the same time. This means while .onion names are unique and secure, they have the disadvantage that they cannot be meaningful to humans.

Vanity address generation as proof of work

How to create a vanity Tor .onion web address

Expected time required to generate a vanity key with N leading charachters:

Two applications that you can use for generating .onion addresses are eschalot for v2 addresses and mkp224o for v3 addresses.

GPU accelerated generation

Does GPU accelerated generation speed these numbers up?

Scallion – GPU Based Onion Hash Generator

Tor has moved on to v3 Onion addresses, which scallion does not support. Old v2 addresses will stop working in October of 2021.

Private key as transferrable ownership

The public key derived from the private hey.

Public key cryptography - Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange (full version) (8:38)

Torify enhances existing applications

Torify adds DNS resolution for *.onion addresses.

Hidden services proxy existing services

My knowledge was for v2 presumably; are there any fundamental changes with v3?