Handshake (HNS) is an entirely community-run blockchain that decentralizes Internet domains.
Handshake names are decentralized top-level domains.
Before Handshake, it was only possible to rent subdomains from top-level domains like ".com".
With Handshake, anyone can now 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.
With Handshake, domains now live on a decentralized blockchain controlled by no one. These names are uncensorable and cannot be seized by anyone.
2 ways to access Handshake domains in any browser
Handshake is a community-run decentralized blockchain built to dismantle ICANN's monopoly on top-level domains. enables you to access Handshake domains without having to configure your own DNS or downloading anything. Namebase is the easiest way to get and use Handshake top-level domains.
Check out the Namer Community's resources for a deeper dive into Handshake.