Horizon is a darknet market that comes with a traditional escrow system. At the time this review was made, the site was still on Beta but appeared to be already fully functional. It had very listings with many subcategories not containing any listing. Also, most vendors only had 1 product listed as if they were just added there as a template or placeholder. Nevertheless, the site looks well designed and user-friendly to new darknet market users.
Horizon link URL:
Horizon Account Registration URL:
How to Access Horizon
Like every other darknet market, Horizon is not a website you can access using just any ordinary web browser. Opening the URL http://jklysthp2k7gyy5e.onion/ on a browser like Edge, Chrome, or Opera will just lead you to with an error page. To access the site, you need the Tor browser. We have a straightforward Tor browser guide to help you in case you don’t know what to do with it.
In addition to getting the Tor browser, you need to use a VPN service and PGP encryption. They will enable you to access Horizon so you can start buying and selling on this darknet site. The VPN service will hide tracks of your activities on the site while the PGP encryption/decryptions ensures only you and the person you’re messaging can read messages. If you are not familiar with PGP encryption, we have a PGP guide for your reference.
To register for a Horizon account, you will be asked to complete an account registration form. You are required to provide a username, password, and profile PIN. Registration is a straightforward process that takes around 10-15 seconds.
Unlike many of the other darknet markets we have reviewed, you will not be automatically registered upon your successful account registration.
Like most other darknet market accounts, you will only get a buyer account by default upon registering. If you are interested in selling, you need to apply for a seller account. To do this, click on the profile dropdown menu on the upper right corner of the site. You should add a PGP key before you can proceed to apply for a vendor account.
Horizon Interface and Functions
The Horizon darknet market interface is simple and clean Everything is laid out in such a way that you will not have difficulty finding the sections you want. There’s the usual set of links to important pages on the menu bar on top. The listings are then shown as the main content of the homepage.
If you want change some settings in your account, just hover your mouse pointer over the profile dropdown menu and find the settings link. You can change your password, change the type of currency, update or reset your profile PIN, and add a PGP public key.
There’s also an option for BIP32 configuration, which allows you to add a bitcoin BIP32 extended public key (a master public key) from which a unique public key is derived from every order. This key you will use allows you to sign a transaction locally with the corresponding public key of the derived public key. Learn more about this by going to the BIP32 Configuration page.
Horizon has an internal messaging feature. You will find a Messages link on the top part of the site, however, it does not direct you to a page where you can compose messages. To send messages, you have to go to the profile page of a Horizon user and find the Contact Vendor button.
As you would expect of any darknet marketplace, Horizons has sections for monitoring orders and depositing bitcoins. The interface is clean so you shouldn’t have problems finding them.
Horizon Categories and Listings
Unfortunately, Horizon has a limited number of categories and listings. The category tree is as follows (with the number of listings in the category indicated):
- Digital Goods and Services (13)
- Guides and Tutorials
- Account Dumps
- Cards and Fulls
- Drugs (15)
- Cannabis and Hashish
- Weight Loss
- Drug Paraphernalia (0)
- Other (0)
- Carded Items
As shown above, there are only 4 major categories on the site, but there are several subcategories. The number of listings in this darknet market does not reach 30. There are many subcategories that contain 0 listings.
The listings on Horizon are shown in grid view. They come with the listing thumbnails, mostly descriptive titles, prices (in the currency you specify for your account), and links to the listings’ respective vendor profile pages. These are just very basic details, though, unlike what you will find in more established darknet markets that include details as to whether or not the product can be bought in a Finalize Early transaction and which country/location the item is shipping from and to. Changes are likely to be implemented, though, as the site grows. For now, considering that the site only has a few listings, the way the listings is presented more than suffices.
Search and Sorting Filters
Horizon has a search tool above the listings. It’s slightly different from other darknet market search tools and can be somewhat confusing. At first, we thought the sorting feature beside it is meant to be used separately. The sorting feature allows you to filter the search results in ascending or descending order based on the date the item was posted, price, and name (alphabetical order). Apparently, you have to configure your sorting function first before doing a search. You can’t do a search and sort later. If you want sorted results, be sure to choose a sorting parameter before clicking on the blue Go button of the search bar.
How to Choose a Vendor on Horizon
Just like most other darknet markets, you will find vendor profile pages on the Horizon darknet market. You can find the links to the vendor profile pages in the listings, at the bottom part. Of course, before choosing a vendor you have to evaluate the information shown on the vendor profile page first.
Unfortunately, at the time we did this review, the vendor profile pages did not contain a lot of important details. There were no ratings. There were no feedback from customers. Most of the vendors had 0 number of deals. Also, there are vendors that don’t have PGP keys but show email addresses instead.
Nothing much can be obtained from the vendor profiles and they also don’t include links to other darknet markets where the vendors have an account. It would have been better if they could point potential buyers to other possible references for vendor credibility. There’s also no exclusive forum for users of the site, which would have at least provided users the opportunity to make some inquiries about certain vendors before buying.
Nevertheless, all these are understandable considering that the site is still in beta release. Things are likely to change eventually as more users buy or sell in this darknet market.
How to Place an Order on Horizon Market
To buy an item on Horizon, you have to go to the listing page to find the Order button. It’s the usual process for darknet markets although shorter for Horizon market. Once you are on the listing page, you will be asked to specify the amount or quantity you want to buy as well as the shipping option. You may then proceed to click the Order button. You can’t continue with your order if you don’t have bitcoins in your account.
Ordering on Horizon is generally a short and easy process. Just fill out the details that need to be filled out. Also, make sure that your shipping details are encrypted. Before place any order,
How to Pay for Orders on Horizon
As mentioned, you can’t proceed to make an order without enough bitcoin balance in your account. Horizon implements a bitcoin deposit system for funding purchases. To make a deposit, just hover your mouse pointer on your BTC balance on the top part of the site to display the Deposit Funds link.
Once you are in the Deposit Funds page, you will see the deposit bitcoin address to where you have to send bitcoins for your deposit. This deposit address is readily shown and changes every time you make a deposit. That’s why you shouldn’t be saving the deposit bitcoin address shown here. You have to visit the Deposit Funds page as you make a deposit to make sure that you are using the latest valid deposit address. Bitcoins deposited to old addresses are deemed lost and will not be refunded.
A minimum of 0.01 BTC is required for every deposit. If you deposit an amount lower than this, it will not appear in your balance (lost). Your bitcoin balance will be reflected in your account after one confirmation.
Of course you can deposit the bitcoins you withdraw on Horizon market. Just click on the Withdraw Funds option beside Deposit Funds to go to the withdrawal form. This form provides a straightforward withdrawal process. You just have to enter your bitcoin wallet’s address, the amount you want to withdraw, and your profile PIN.
Transactions are subjected to traditional escrow. You should be able to see your payment reflected in the escrow balance shown in the homepage or the listings page. If there are issues in the delivery of the item bought, you have to promptly contact Horizon’s admin to initiate a complaint so the payment is not released by Horizon to the vendor.
Horizon Market Support
Horizon does not have a Help page or a page for frequently asked questions. There’s nothing on the site that can be used as guides especially on matters such as escrow and the possibility for making Finalize Early transactions. If you need support or technical assistance from the Horizon admin or support team, you will have to use the site’s ticket system.
The ticket system is accessed through the Messages dropdown menu on the top part of the site. Just hover over Messages, move to Tickets, and click on the New Tickets option. This will lead you to a form where you have to enter the subject of your concern and your message. You may not get an immediate reply.
Pros and Cons
- Intuitive and responsive website
- Good uptime
- Traditional escrow
- Limited number of listings and vendors. Most vendors only have one product listing.
- No forum for users.
- Vendors have no feedback/reviews/rating from customers yet.
- No Help or FAQ page.