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Do all .onion addresses use SSL/TLS?

No, .onion sites are not using https/ssl by default. But the connection inside the Tor network is always encrypted, so it is not really necessary to use https for .onion sites. Exit nodes aren't used ...
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Where I can find, export or download the biggest list of all .onion addresses?

You can extract the list from Hidden Service lists and search engines which are available at OnionDir - Deep Web Link Directory. Or you can try Ahmia.fi site which is gathering .onion addresses using ...
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What are the best Tor2Web anonymous gateways?

There are few available Tor2web network gateways: *.tor2web.org, *.tor2web.fi (managed by Ahmia - Onion Search Engine), *.tor2web.blutmagie.de (managed by O.Selke with no block), *.onion.sh (managed ...
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What are the best Tor2Web anonymous gateways?

Some people like http://onion.direct . However I am a fan of onion.link. I do know at least in terms of size of GOOG index, the results come out to: onion.direct | 21k onion.cab | 232k onion....
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Can People Scan a .onion Address For Hidden Services?

Yes it can be scanned. People can scan for services as they do on clearnet, by routing their scanner through tor pointing it at the domain. A onion domain is not to be considered a secret. Im not ...
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What are the best Tor2Web anonymous gateways?

Also to mention onion.cab which is 5 times faster than browsing via the tor-client, because of its static-files-caching.
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How does a OR know that it is the cells final destination?

All the nodes after the initial circuit starter are doing rougly the same thing : unwrapping the message by their-and-circuit-starter very own pre-negotiated key ant takig a look at the next layer. ...
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Understanding the tor circuit

You build a TLS connection to your guard. Over that TLS connection you perform a key exchange using the OR protocol. Now you and the first guard compute two keys from the shared secret the key ...
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Why doesn't torproject.org have an official onion address?

Actually, there is an onion address for Tor: http://expyuzz4wqqyqhjn.onion/ The Tor Project runs quite a few onion addresses: https://onion.torproject.org/ I can't confirm if the Tor Browser uses ...
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Looking to create a onion domain; need some help

How-to: Quoting hiddenwiki: Getting a .onion domain is not only free (they are automatically generated by Tor), but it is simple once you have completed the basic server installation procedure. If ...
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Releasing a controversial movie torrent using Tor Network for security

Making a movie available via BitTorrent is fine. But using Tor, either for seeding or recommended for downloading, is unwise. It's hard to properly configure torrent clients to use Tor without leaking,...
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Where I can find, export or download the biggest list of all .onion addresses?

Harry71 has a list of onion-hosts which provide a public web site, which you can get in machine readable format. http://skunksworkedp2cg.onion/sites.txt It gets updated fairly often.
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Why does Tor publish IP addresses of exit nodes?

The list of all Tor relays and whether they are exits needs to be public, because Tor clients use this information to build circuits. There is no point in trying to keep this information 'secret' ...
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Is it possible to access a dark web server by a public IP instead of an .onion address?

The difference between .onion URLs and normal URLs, is that the normal URL is simply a "human readable pointer" points to a network location... on the other hand, a .onion URL is actually the only ...
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sending email through .onion

It depends, there are a few scenarios. Internal mail, from: alice@foo.onion to: bob@foo.onion or from: alice@foo.com to: bob@foo.com The email never leaves the foo.com server(s), there's no way to ...
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What are advantages and disadvantages of Tor with respect to JonDonym?

JonDo now accepts Bitcoins for premium accounts... Anonymous payments for JonDonym premium accounts are possible by Paysafecard (Euro, Dollar) and by snake mail letter too. See "Available billing ...
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What are advantages and disadvantages of Tor with respect to JonDonym?

JonDonym and Tor differ greatly in both design and implementation. First, JonDonym is a mix network, whereas Tor is an onion-routing network. Quoting Syverson (2009) Why I'm not an Entropist: Mix ...
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How does a OR know that it is the cells final destination?

Tor: The Second-Generation Onion Router explains it pretty well in section 4.2 Circuits and Streams, subsection Relay cells: Once Alice has established the circuit (so she shares keys with each OR ...
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Suddenly my Tor hidden service isn't available

Ok, I figured this out. For some reason the custom onion address I made with Shallot was no longer working. I made a new hidden service and got rid of the existing one, restarted Tor, and voila! I'm ...
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Is it possible to ping .onion?

ping, assuming you're talking about the *nix command, is ICMP. Tor is exclusively TCP in the requests carried across the network. You cannot "ping" an onion. If you want to know if an onion is online,...
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Is it possible to access a dark web server by a public IP instead of an .onion address?

No, correctly-configured Tor hidden services are not accessible by direct IP connection. When setting up a hidden service, you set up your web server to only listen to traffic from the local machine, ...
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How does Tor use application proxy (SOCKS)?

The "Onion Proxy" is a name for a Tor client, it is the entire client process. The SOCKS interface is just a way for a client to utilise the onion proxy. The SOCKS server is provided by the Tor ...
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Can People Scan a .onion Address For Hidden Services?

Yes, adversaries can scan foo.onion addresses. If you want multiple hidden services that can't be found by port scanning a particular foo.onion address, just use a different HiddenServiceDir for each ...
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Does Tor insert random delays or perform packet re-ordering to make the discovery of the communication path harder?

@Jens's answer has a great description of current Tor. The Tor-Browser adds some additional defenses, namely: it enables HTTP pipelining, so that several requests can be sent on the same "batch" it ...
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It is possible to find a Tor page based on the 512-bit hash?

First, you need to know what kind of hash it is. Read more: How to determine what type of encoding/encryption has been used? What algorithm is used for 1024 bit hash which appears on 56th page of ...
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Designing P2P application over Tor

"the IP for other users to connect to?" Onion services don't use IPs. You should use SOCKS5's remote hostname functionality, this hands over the hostname to Tor and will ensure you do not ...
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