I know that a bunch of Silk Road users are more than a little peeved by all the press that the online drug shop has been getting, but at this point, everyone who cares about it has learned about it by now. So suck it, I’m going to talk about it. Not only am I going to give you a heads-up on why the changes they’ve made are for the better, I’m going to give you step-by-step instruction guide on how to access the site.
For obvious reasons, the man behind the site (dubiously known as Dread Pirate Roberts) doesn’t want you or anyone else on the site to be found. For that reason, Silk Road requires you to connect to the website by using Tor (download here) and only Tor. Essentially, the private browser creates a series of networks that you connect through (similar to a VPN), making you as invisible as it gets in the online world.
Once you’ve succesfully downloaded Tor, a new browser window should open up (called TorBrowser). Now you need to connect to the site’s URL, something that we haven’t showed you yet. That’s because it’s really just a series of numbers and something that’s changed a few times in the past. At the moment, this is the current URL. Once you access the site (it’ll take a little longer than your normal non-drug-selling page), you’ll need to create a password, username, and PIN number. Taking a page from the DailyAnarchist’s advice, I would suggest creating a new username you’ve never used before.
After it goes through, you’ll be taken to Silk Road’s new web page. What’s new about it? Well for one thing they no longer sell guns. True, Silk Road proper stopped selling guns on it’s site a little while ago when they created The Armory but even that site has been removed. Probably a good idea considering how much gun violence has been attributed to buying ammunition online. If you’re “only” selling drugs, you definitely don’t want to draw unneeded attention to yourself by selling firearms.
As far as looks go, Dead Pirate Robert has updated the page so that SR now only looks like something from the 20th century, not the 19th century. At the end of the day, though, who cares? They’re still selling what you’re looking for and as long as the seller “feedback” continues to function successfully, the site will work.
Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, you’re going to want to pay for it. Since using your mom’s credit card probably isn’t a good idea here, you’ll head to Bitcoin to sign up for their “money.” The site that calls itself “P2P Digital Currency” is actually super easy to use and sign up for. I’m not sure exactly how you’d extract bitcoins for real money, but all you’re concerned with (as a buyer) is trading over your Bitcoins for drugs or whatever else you want to buy.
Now that you know how to use, access, and browse the site, I’ll let you go have fun. Remember, I’m not suggesting that you actually get anything off of the site, I’m simply showing you what it is and how to access it. Learning about the dark corners of the internet is always kind of fun.