There is a new approach to domain name ownership. The Handshake network is a peer-to-Peer network using the same technology as a public registry. It means circumventing the traditional organizations and registries that call the shots online, giving you more freedom, control, and security over your domain.
What is Handshake domains?
Handshake domain names are top-level domain names (TLDs like .com, . net or . org) but are available to own outright, not just to rent for an annual fee. You own your Handshake domain names forever, and no one can take them from you, or prevent others from accessing.
You’re additionally free to pick up original domain names that aren’t restricted to .com, .org, .net, and other familiar domain extensions. But you’ll still have information protection and privacy.
Why Handshake domains?
01. Become a pioneer
Your Handshake domain makes you a component of the increasing attempt to progressively decentralize the earth wide web.
02. Encourage Internet equity
The web becomes more egalitarian as it becomes more decentralised, with the Internet community as opposed to a small number of stakeholders driving technology.
03.Free yourself online
The authority is pushed into domain name owners’ hands as the web grows less centralised, with little gatekeeping and control.
04. Stay secure
The distribution of Handshake domains on a blockchain makes them more secure against security fraud and hacking attempts.
7 ways to access your Handshake domain
NextDNS is a Domain Name System (DNS) service that can be used to access Handshake domains. Once you have this service set up on your device, go to your settings and turn on the option to “Resolve Handshake domains.” Check out this video for step-by-step instructions.
Some VPN services also include an option to resolve Handshake domains. For example, VPN users may be able to switch their selected name server to Handshake Naming System instead of the default domain name system. If you’re already a VPN user, check to see if this is an option your service provides.
03. HSD/HDNS node
The Handshake software’s full node (HSD) is a great option for managing a Handshake domain. HSD acts as a resolver and allows you to register, update, and transfer names or make blockchain payments. Another option is the software’s light client (HNSD), which is better suited to those who just want to be able to resolve Handshake names without using the computing power required to run the full node.
With HDNS, you can access Handshake websites directly in your browser using an encrypted DNS protocol, which helps to protect against DNS spying and tampering. This is a public resolver option, and there’s no signup process required. You’ll still be able to access regular sites as well, like Google, YouTube, etc. To use HDNS, you’ll need to change the DNS server settings on your computer. Simple, easy-to-follow instructions are provided here.
Simply enter your site address in the search bar at the top of the HNS.to page to access a Handshake domain. Alternatively, you can affix “hns.to/” directly before your site address. This easy, convenient option requires no changes to your current DNS settings.
06. Browser extensions
A number of developers have created browser extensions that allow users to access Handshake seamlessly. Options include Bob Wallet and LinkFrame, both of which are available for Chrome. For Firefox, an add-on called Resolvr is available.
Developed by Impervious, Fingertip is an open source, lightweight Handshake resolver. In addition to HNS, Fingertip also provides simple access to external namespaces like ENS. The menubar app is available for both Mac and Windows and is easy to set up by following this video tutorial.
The Handshake Naming System (HNS) is a new approach to the Internet that uses a decentralized system with blockchain technology to offer a freer and more secure option for web users. Handshake offers access to new domains that you won’t find with most domain name registrars.