Well, recently I’d created test .onion website, just to make sure I know how to.
What is key benefits?
1. Not hard installation at all – couple of CLI commands & few changes in config files.
2. In case UPnP supported and enabled* (usually by default)by Your router – well, You done. All is working
3. You got nice unique web address for Tor network: something like ajnob43eaf1xzmnp.onion
You can easily switch it to regular address and access without Tor by using tor2web service – just add tor2web.org instead of onion in link:
4. You don’t need an regular no-ip service in case Your IP is not static, no pointers, DNS registrations, records maintaining etc – plug and play. As a result – it can be placed anywhere, and hardly detectable, since no additional configuration needed and network packets flow require proper tool-set and skills to be detected.
5. Finally – it’s Tor, its cool! :))
Well, as a result – looking forward for some tor-based hidden surveillance device that can be plugged-in to free active RJ45 in janitor’s room (don’t forger to clone MAC from some old network printer You’ll see on Your way in (or maybe You know it Your recent Homework from another subnet of same facility?) and available thru anonymous network to begin internal attack ? 🙂 For legal purposes only, of course!!
Actually, got one near me now, based on old Sony VAIO VGN series Laptop with no lights on (smashed badly) 🙂
* You certainly in trouble from security prospective, but who cares, right?