What is Monopoly Market?
Monopoly Market is a new darknet market hosted on Tor, focused on the anonymity, user safety, and trustless transactions.
First and foremost, Monopoly market does not have a user system. This leads to the market being faster to use, and mitigates ‘human’ exploitation like phishing. When you make an order, you get an order code that can be used to access your purchase details. These can be phished for, of course, but the impact is limited and changes can only be made with the PGP key the buyer provides at checkout.
To keep funds safe, Monopoly does not have their own market wallet that requires deposits- payments are sent directly to the vendors, conveniently making it possible to more quickly finalize orders to be completed by the vendor.
To reduce scamming, Monopoly approves all listings before they go live, individually vet every vendor who wants to sell on Monopoly, prevents vendors from having too many pending orders at a time, and kicks vendors with too many disputes off of the platform.
Additionally, Monopoly is drug-focused, to avoid disputes arising from failures from account or credit card sellers, where verification of the products validity is unclear or impossible.
Currently Monopoly is only accepting a few vendors, and all must manually be vetted. To apply, reply to the Monopoly post on the Monopoly market subdread.
Same as with all darknet sites the usual security recommendations apply. Most importantly: 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.
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.