What's Handshake Domain? How to access Handshake Domains?

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Handshake is a peer-to-peer network using blockchain technology-like a secure public registry. It's a new approach to domain name ownership. It means bypassing the traditional organizations and registries that call the shots online-offering you more freedom, control, and security over your domain.


You're also free to choose unique domain names that aren't limited to .com, .org, .net, and other traditional domain extensions.


It's also important to note that handshake domains do not resolve in regular browsers without additional setup.


Generic web hosting is compatible with HNS domains, however, please note that it's not possible to generate SSL certificates for handshake domains and HTTPS:// protocol is not available for these TLDs. Also, you still will not be able to resolve them via regular browsers.


By default, Handshake as a technology does not support or offer the concept of WHOIS. Ownership of a domain is linked to a blockchain key, not to a whois owner, so Whois Lookup does not return any results for Handshake domains.


How to access a Handshake domain?


As Handshake is right at the forefront of building a freer and more open internet, most browsers aren't set up to navigate to handshake domains. Fortunately, there are simple ways to enable your browser or device to recognize and resolve these new domains.


Access your Handshake domain using one of the resolvers listed below. It's an easy, free, and fast way to make sure your browser can navigate to any HNS domain.


1. NextDNS


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.


2. VPN


Some VPN services also include an option to resolve Handshake domains. For example, some 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.


3. 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 (handshakeD), 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.


4. HDNS.io


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.


5. handshake.to


Simply enter your site address in the search bar at the top of the handshake.to page to access a Handshake domain. Alternatively, you can affix "handshake.to/" directly before your site address. This easy, convenient option requires no changes to your current DNS settings.


6. 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.


7. Fingertip


Developed by Impervious, Fingertip is an open-source, lightweight decentralized Handshake resolver. In addition to handshake, 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.


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