What is Neptune Market
Neptune Market is a new dark-net marketplace that just launched earlier this year. After its launch in June, the market has picked up quite some users for its simplicity. The team behind the market has 2 main goals. Security, and user experience. The Neptune team is known to be very and active. Users reported that suggested features are reviewed and added very quickly. Neptune Market is a traditional market, hosting all types of illicit listings. If the market site is up, you can find the onion link for Neptune Market to the right of this article.
Design and Interface
Neptune is quite a unique market. The team, achieved a perfect balance of good design and simplicity. Unlike many markets, Neptune offers a design that does not look outdated. The home page is very simple and displays a lot of useful information. Information about your account security is displayed, along with the latest cryptocurrency prices. The navigation of the site is very simple and easy to use. A top bar with all the required options can be found on the site. While on the browsing category, a search query and category menu can be found on the left-hand side.
Features and Security
Neptune is a marketplace with no compromise. All the features required for an amazing shopping experience are present. The market also offers some unique features of its own. Neptune is not a wallet-less market. Bitcoin, Monero and Litecoin can all be deposited into the built in wallet. When signing up, users are required to enter a six digit pin that is used when placing an order and cannot be disabled. PGP encryption is present and can be used for encrypting messages and 2FA logins. Traditional escrow support is present, but unfortunately multisig transactions are not supported. The market also features an auto-shop for instant delivery of digital goods.
Neptune market offers a few unique features that are not present on other markets. An interesting gambling function is built in allowing users to bet on future events. Neptune also offers its own account activity API. The API can be used to get notifications about account activity without logging in. The API uses a python script with a unique account API key in order to access the data. For additional security it is recommended that users generate a new API key every few days. For users skeptical about security, there is an option to disable the API completely.
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 Whonix 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.
Neptune is a very interesting marketplace. Its simplicity and elegant design appeals to many users. This also explains the rapid growth of the marketplace. Although the Neptune Market just launched, it already hosts over 7,000 listings. If the feedback from users is real and the team behind the market really listens to customers the market is expected to grow further. As always, when visiting any darknet market make sure to only use trusted links, such as the onion link for Neptune Market on the top right.