Big Blue Market
Big Blue Market is one of the largest all-purpose markets on the darknet. Not only will you find your typical drug selection but there is also a wide variety of other products such as credit card data, personal ID scans, counterfeit items, jewels and gold, software, carded items and many more. The market has one of the best phishing protection systems that will always display information that you can check to make sure that you are not on a phishing site.
The market is secured by an escrow system which is strongly encouraged to use by the site administrators. That means that if you purchase an item, the vendor has 72 hours to send the order and mark it as shipped in the system. If this does not happen, the order will automatically be canceled and your coins refunded. Once the order is marked as shipped, you can finalize the order when you received it, thus releasing the agreed price to the vendor. Should you not receive your order, you can open a dispute – which means the funds will be withheld in the escrow system until the dispute has been resolved.
On Big Blue Market, vendors and buyers are both subject to a small transaction fee. The maintainers say that this results in a better distribution of the service fees between consumers and sellers. When a transaction occurs, both parties are equally involved in terms of risk, opsec and trust.
Strong Phishing Protection
As mentioned above, Big Blue Market comes with integrated phishing protection. Before you can use the site you will always be displayed legitimate information about your account that a phishing site could not have – by confirming the information is correct, it is virtually impossible to accidentally land on a phishing site due to their anti-phishing technology.
Big Blue Market also has other security features that you won’t find on any other site: Pictures and avatar’s meta information are automatically erased prior to the upload on the server for security reasons. Also, Vendors are required to authenticate with their PGP keys, and messages and orders get automatically swiped from the database every 60 days. Unlike other markets, Big Blue Market has a pre-integrated obfuscating (crypto-tumbling) way to serve you back the coins you withdraw. It’s likely that the coins you will receive will come from another user wallet. This service is currently free of charge but the maintainers suggest that you use an external crypto tumbler like Chipmixer[Chipmixer] on top of their system.
What you need
There are no requirements to get started on Big Blue Market. The sign-up is easy and straight forward, and as usual, there is no email address necessary. If you plan to sell items and become a vendor, you will need to have PGP installed and use a PGP key to authenticate yourself.
A 250 $ USD bond is necessary to get access to the vendor privileges on the market. This bond can be discounted or waived if you are already a confirmed vendor on any other legit market. Vendors with high ratings on other markets can have their ratings reported on Big Blue market (contact the staff). Note that asking customers to finalize their orders before they have received it is not tolerated if you don’t have the FE right granted. Moderators have the right to revoke any vendor bond if potential scamming activities are ongoing.
Like with all darknet market sites the standard security recommendations apply. First and foremost, stay anonymous. Use the TOR browser only and don’t use the TOR browser for any regular (non-darknet) browsing. Ideally, you have a dedicated system or at least a dedicated VM for all your darknet activities. Keep your darknet PGP keys and other credentials limited to that system only, do not mix it with any activities that would expose your identity.
Treat your dedicated system like a work-system: Only install the software necessary for your operations do not install anything for entertainment or other purposes. Subsequently, resist the urge to browse Twitter, Reddit or any other social media sites while you have downtime. For this always use your regular system.
Never communicate with vendors or buyers outside of Big Blue market or you lose the security of the escrow system and dispute policy. Make sure that you encrypt all your communication, no matter how trivial it is. Not only decreases this your overall risk but also helps to establish a habit of it.
For additional system security, we recommend you run a secure operating system like Tails or https://www.whonix.org/ on your dedicated system for darknet activities. We also recommend using a VPN as an additional security measure since TOR will only anonymize your browsing sessions but not other traffic.
Especially when using any public WiFi hotspots you should always use a VPN when accessing the Internet since you don’t know whether the access point is compromised. A VPN ensures that all of your traffic, no matter what application, will always be strongly encrypted when passing the access point, this protecting yourself not only from eavesdropping but also possible identity theft.
Big Blue Market Summary
Big Blue Market is one of the best all-purpose markets around. Few sites have such a variety of products and are so easy to use. As an additional plus, Big Blue Market comes with the best phishing protection available so you will never have to worry about accidentally landing on the wrong site. If markets with a wide variety of products are what you are usually browsing it (such as Darkbay), Big Blue Market is definitely a site you should check out.