Handshake (HNS)
Handshake (HNS) is an entirely community-run blockchain that decentralizes Internet domains. Handshake names are decentralized top-level domains.
Top-level domains
Before Handshake, it was only possible to rent subdomains from top-level domains like ".com".
With Handshake, anyone can own top-level domains along with unlimited subdomains.
Before Handshake, domains lived on the centralized servers of top-level domain owners who were controlled by ICANN. These domains could be easily censored and seized by many parties.
Expand your Internet with Handshake
With Handshake, domains now live on a decentralized blockchain controlled by no one. These names are uncensorable and cannot be seized by anyone.
Access Handshake domains in any browser
HNS↗TO is a community project created by nijynot/ that enables you to access Handshake domains like namebase/ by appending ".hns.to" (e.g. namebase.hns.to). To directly access Handshake domains without appending "hns.to", use HDNS.
HDNS - Handshake DNS
Access the Decentralized Internet on any device
Learn more
Check out the Namer Community's resources for a deeper dive into Handshake.
Namer Community's Resources
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