Though the contrary is often seen as true, darknet markets do not only include illegal items and goods. While most products found on dark web marketplaces—and the Valhalla Market in particular—are against the law, there are also many exceptions that you can find beneficial.
Moreover, I guess you have already heard about the Valhalla Market (better known by its Finnish name, Silkkitie) and probably came across this guide along a Google search to find out more about the site. But were you actually able to open the market and browse the goods it has to offer? If not, continue reading the guide below to see how you can do so!
First of all, let’s learn some basic info about the dark web.
The dark web is a hidden layer of the internet that empowers its users with the opportunity to view all sorts of darknet marketplaces, including the Valhalla Market, and all the interesting offerings each one of them brings to users.
Anyhow, the dark web can be quite a dangerous place to be, so staying anonymous and secure is an important step to take before you venture into the network.
First of all, you should know that you cannot access any dark market from your regular browser. So, you need Tor!
NOTE: It is inevitable and equally important that you install a VPN software program before downloading Tor because the feds and ISPs are monitoring and tracking everyone who is downloading the program.
Get a safe VPN (Virtual Private Network)
To hide your identity and completely mask your IP address (even from Tor), be certain you download a VPN service first. As was previously mentioned, the Tor browser isn’t enough to effectively cover your tracks and hide your data.
However, the perfect combination of actions you should take to access the dark markets, and Valhallain particular, is to use both a VPN and Tor at the same time.
The VPN creates a safe tunnel between your device and your intended location (link), which enables users to transfer data as if they were directly connected to a network.
Now, if you’re ready to download this must-have software, you should first be wary that not all VPN software programs offer enough security.
As such, I recommend check out the best VPN services here: https://topvpnsoftware.com/
The Tor Browser
The Tor Browser is one of the most famous encryption tools which enables users to encode their data in layers. This particular software is able to handle the dark web’s .onion URLs (for example, the URL for the Valhalla Market) and grants its users with the ability to access darknet markets.
After downloading, installing and firing up a VPN service of your choosing (in order to prevent the feds monitoring), the next step of accessing Valhalla is to download and install Tor.
You can find Tor on the link below:
The PGP key is another encryption tool you should use on your way to the dark web. More specifically, it is used to communicate with a vendor.
The tool encrypts all messages and sensitive data. So, in case the Valhalla/Silkkitie Market is ever seized by law enforcement, your information and location would stay hidden and safe.
But, it is important to note that not all PGP keys are safe enough. According to many users, you can find one of the best PGPs at this link https://www.gnupg.org/.
Bitcoin and Bitcoin wallet
In order to buy anything from the Valhalla Market, or from darknet markets in general, you need to have a specific currency—Bitcoin. This worldwide currency is used for digital payments, and it is both anonymous and encrypted. However, even though the chances that someone will steal your Bitcoins is low, be aware that it is possible.
Everything you need to know about Bitcoins can be found at http://totalbitcoin.org
Since buying and processing payments with Bitcoins is a completely legal thing to do, there is no need to use Tor while buying this cryptocurrency.
After buying your Bitcoins, you need to store them. The place where you can keep your Bitcoins is called a Bitcoin wallet, and the most reliable one can be found at https://electrum.org/#home (it is available for every platform).
To access the Valhalla Market, you will need the exact Valhalla / Silkkitie .onion URL to the website. In this case, it is http://valhallaxmn3fydu.onion/register/E3we (remember, you must use Tor).
Once you enter the website, the first thing you should do is register for an account. Although this step is easy and similar to literally any other site registration, you should still pay attention to a couple of things.
- The username and the password must be something you have never used before (even to another darknet market), and it must not be anyhow connected or related to you.
- Be careful when you choose a PIN, and also keep it as safe as possible (write it down if necessary).
- Precisely write the captcha code (it is case sensitive).
Now that you are in, you need to set up your account. This means that you will need to enter your PGP key into the required field, in order to be able to communicate with the vendor.
Choosing an item
The list of products on the Valhalla Market is organized into categories (each one has a couple of subcategories), and you can find them on the top left side the website.
Finding an item on Valhalla is very easy—even if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you can review the categories and choose a product for yourself.
Here are some steps you can follow to do so:
- Browse listings by category
The categories include Drugs with its subcategories (Cannabis, Stimulants, Empathogens, Psychedelics, Opiates, Pharmacy, Dissociatives, Depressants) and Other products (Body building, Cannabis growing, Mushroom growing, Production/distribution, Paraphernalia, Self-defense, Digital items, Services, Classifieds).
Right below the categories, you can choose the currency you want to use for payment. You can pick from EUR, USD, GBP, NOK, BTC, etc.
- Using filters to pick an item
When choosing a product from the home page of the Valhalla Market, you can see some additional features by using the offered filters.
For example, you can choose to see products from the top vendors only, you can select the most popular products, or the ones with the lowest price.
Furthermore, you are able to see the price of the product and the name of the vendor right next to it.
- Buying from the right vendor
When choosing an item, you must make sure you’re buying from a well-established and reputable vendor. Finding a good vendor with a remarkable reputation is crucial.
So, when you select an item, click on the vendor’s picture in order to find the latest reviews from previous customers including positive and negative feedback, as well the vendor’s total revenue, transaction records, rating, and the last time they were online.
Right under these features you will find a section where you can send a message to the vendor or even report them if they seem a little bit suspicious to you.
The feedback of the vendor is mostly written with a PGP key. So in order to read it, you have to decode it first—meaning you must use this previously mentioned key.
- Check the product features before buying
After you choose the vendor and check all of their characteristics, you must analyze the product too. This means you should check the price, the feedback and, most importantly, if it is possible to be shipped to your country. There are products that are shipped from and to only a certain number of countries.
If you choose a product that can’t be delivered to your location, I suppose you will be disappointed. So, be certain that you check this feature before continuing with the purchase.
After reviewing these aspects of the particular item of your choice, you should continue with the guide……
But first, here’s a quick tip before you move on: The next step is to deposit Bitcoins. I would recommend you always deposit enough Bitcoins for the purchase you want to make, rather than depositing all of your available Bitcoins at once. In order to achieve better security, never leave Bitcoins on the Valhalla Market.
Purchase the item
Now it is time for you to buy the item you want. The steps for this are pretty simple, as follows:
- When buying a product, make sure you check the item’s quality as well. Read the description of its features.
- Choose the quantity.
- Then, simply click the BUY button.
- Logically, you will need to give some personal information, including your address. Don’t forget to encrypt your message when you’re doing this!
What to do after your product is delivered
When you receive your item, you need to finalize the order by selecting it as completed. Then the Bitcoins will be released and transferred to the vendor. Also, you have the option to rate your vendor, write in comments and feedback, and help inform vendors’ future decisions more easily.
However, if you don’t get your product on time, or if you are dissatisfied with the item you’ve received, you have the ability to initiate a dispute. This procedure is performed in case you cannot find a solution with the vendor (it is recommended that you contact them first).
Now that you’ve reached the end of this guide, there is nothing left for me to tell you except to wish you luck with the risks you are taking on the dark web and the Valhalla Market.
I hope you’re aware of them, and I certainly encourage you to follow all the advice above!