Best Usenet Providers of 2017

Who were the best Usenet Providers of 2017? You’ll find our TOP 10 below.

- Newshosting 5/5 - Newshosting review
- Eweka Usenet 5/5 - Eweka review
- UsenetServer 5/5 - UsenetServer review
- Easynews 5/5 - Easynews review
- ExtremeUsenet 5/5 - ExtremeUsenet Review
- UsenetBucket 5/5 - UsenetBucket review
- Tweaknews 5/5 - Tweaknews Review
- Usenet.Farm 4/5 - Usenet.Farm review
- UsenetExpress 4/5 - UsenetExpress review
- Newsgroupdirect 4/5 - Newsgroupdirect review

Usenet service providers that are based in the U.S.

- Newshosting 5/5 - Newshosting review
- UsenetServer 5/5 - UsenetServer review
- Easynews 5/5 - Easynews review
- UsenetExpress 4/5 - UsenetExpress review
- Newsgroupdirect 4/5 - Newsgroupdirect review
- Newsdemon 4/5 - Newsdemon review
- UsenetLink 3/5- Usenetlink Review
- Astraweb 3/5 - Astraweb Review
- UsenetNow 3/5 - UsenetNow Review
- BlockNews 3/5- UsenetNow Review
- TheCubeNet 3/5- Thecubenet Review
- FastUsenet 3/5- Fastusenet Review
- Usenet-News 3/5 - Usenet-News Review
- Ngroups.net 3/5 - Ngroups.Net Review
- Giganews 2/5 - Giganews Review
- Altopia 2/5 - Altopia Review

- Eweka Usenet 5/5 - Eweka review
- ExtremeUsenet 5/5 - ExtremeUsenet Review
- UsenetBucket 5/5 - UsenetBucket review
- Tweaknews 5/5 - Tweaknews Review
- Usenet.Farm 4/5 - Usenet.Farm review
- XSNews 4/5 -
XSNews review
- PureUsenet 3/5 - PureUsenet review

Hybrid Usenet Providers: Recently Usenet providers have appeared, promising a double retention: their own, then they turn into resellers. You get multiple backbones for the price of one, essentially.

- Usenet.Farm 4/5 - Usenet.Farm review
- UsenetExpress 4/5 - UsenetExpress review
- UsenetLink 3/5- Usenetlink Review

Usenet Newsgroup special Offer. Latest usenet Deals

Discounts and Coupon Codes and special offers. Latest usenet deals. Usenet special offer ONLY available through NGProvider.
Here is our Usenet Special Offers page

- NewsHosting $9.99 for every month as long as your subscription remains active or Only $99.99 per year
- UsenetServer $10 for every month or Only $95.40 per year (Comes to $7.95 per month !)
- Eweka 7,50 € for every month or Only 90 € per year
- Tweaknews 9,99 € for every month or Only 89,99 € per year
- Ngroups $9.99 for every month as long as your subscription remains active

Best Usenet packages + VPN

Best Usenet + VPN Packages - Usenet package combines Encrypted Usenet access with easy to use Newsreader. These days a Newsreader is absolutely essential. Also Usenet providers are beginning to add to their accounts some additionnal features like VPN. A VPN can be used for torrenting.

- Newshosting Unlimited Usenet + Newsreader + VPN $99.99/Year
- UsenetServer Unlimited Usenet + Global Search + VPN $95.40/Year
- Tweaknews Unlimited Usenet + Newsreader + VPN 9,99 €/Month or 89,99 €/Year
- UsenetExpress Unlimited Usenet + VPN $10/Month or $90/Year
- Newsdemon Unlimited Usenet + VPN $10/Month or $92/Year
- Ngroups Unlimited Usenet + Online Storage $9.99

Usenet Server Account Types

Usenet Providers offering fully unlimited access to Usenet and 1 GB/s speeds!

- NewsHosting $9.99 for every month as long as your subscription remains active or Only $99.99 per year
- UsenetServer $10 for every month or Only $95.40 per year (Comes to $7.95 per month !)
- Tweaknews 9,99 € for every month or Only 89,99 € per year
- Easynews $9.95/month
- UsenetExpress $10/Month or $90/Year
- Newsdemon $10/Month or $92/Year
- Astraweb $8/month
- UsenetNow $12/month
- FastUsenet $9.95/month
- Thecubenet $9.99/month

List of the best Speedcapped usenet access. Best speedcapped newsgroup access with SSL encryption. Renewal Term: Monthly Term

- Eweka 300 Mbit/s: 7,50 €
- ExtremeUsenet 4 Mbit/s: 4 € // 8 Mbit/s: 5 € // 12 Mbit/s: 6 € // 20 Mbit/s: 6,5 € // 30 Mbit/s: 7 € // 60 Mbit/s: 8 € // 120 Mbit/s: 10 € // 150 Mbit/s: 12 € // 200 Mbit/s: 14 € // 300 Mbit/s: 17 €
- UsenetBucket 10 Mbit/s: 2,95 € // 40 Mbit/s: 4,95 € // 400 Mbit/s: 12,95 €
- XSNews 8 Mbit/s: 5,95 € // 20 Mbit/s: 7,50 € // 800 Mbit/s: 10,95 €
- Usenet.Farm 24 Mbit/s: 4,95 €
- Usenetlink 100 Mbit/s: $15
- PureUsenet 4 Mbit/s: 2,29 € // 8 Mbit/s: 3,29 € // 20 Mbit/s: 4,29 € // 30 Mbit/s: 5,29 € // 60 Mbit/s: 6,29 € // Unlimited Mbit/s: 8,29 €

- Eweka 50 Mbit/s: 7.50 €
- ExtremeUsenet 4 Mbit/s: 4 € // 8 Mbit/s: 5 € // 12 Mbit/s: 6 € // 20 Mbit/s: 6,5 € // 30 Mbit/s: 7 € // 60 Mbit/s: 8 € // 120 Mbit/s: 10 € // 150 Mbit/s: 12 € // 200 Mbit/s: 14 € // 300 Mbit/s: 17 €

Best block Usenet deals. Some of our favorite block Usenet deals are listed here

- NewsgroupDirect 100 GB => $15
- UsenetFarm 500 GB => 15 €
- UsenetExpress 500 GB => $20
- Tweaknews 100 GB => 13 €
- XSNews 20 GB => 9,95 €

Usenet provider free Trials

Complete listing of all available Usenet trial accounts. Sign up for a free trial and don't forget to read the terms and conditions on website. In addition to free usenet trials we have Free Usenet Server (ISP + Free Usenet servers)

- Eweka 7 days of free service
- Newshosting 14 days of free service (up to 30 GB total transfer)
- UsenetServer 14 days of free service (up to 10 GB total transfer)
- UsenetFarm 10GB
- Usenetbucket 7 days / 5GB
- Tweaknews 10 days / 10 GB
- Usenetlink 60 minutes (free)
- PureUsenet 7 days of free service

Usenet Service provider : reviews by retention

Retention means the time the Usenet server keeps articles around before expiring them.

- UsenetServer days
- Newshosting days
- Easynews days
- Newsdemon days
- Newsgroupdirect days
- Eweka 3259 days
- Astraweb 3000 days
- Tweaknews 2500 days
- UsenetBucket 1200 days
- ExtremeUsenet 1200 days

Usenet Providers : List of Newsgroup Server Company

This is a list of Usenet providers, in alphabetical order.
* = NGProvider Recommends - Top Usenet Servers

- 123Usenet
- Aeton
- Alibis
- Altopia
- AnarQy
- Agent Usenet Service
- Astraweb
- Atlantis News
- BinaryBoy Usenet
- BinTube
- BlockNews
- BudgetNews
- Cheapnews.Eu
- Disputo
- Dreamload
- Easynews *
- EasyUsenet
- Eurofeeds
- Eweka *
- ExtremeUsenet *
- FastUsenet
- FirstLoad
- FrugalUsenet
- Gebruikhet
- Giganews
- Hitnews
- Itchycats
- Illiminews
- Iload
- Ixinews
- MaximumUsenet
- MijnUsenet
- Newscene
- Newsconnection
- NewsDemon *
- Newsgrabber
- NewsgroupDirect *
- Newsgroups-Binaries
- Newsgroups-Download
- NewsFusion
- Newsguy
- Newshosting *
- NewsLeecher
- NewsSurfer
- NewsXS
- Ngroups.Net
- NNTPjunkie
- PayLessUsenet
- PowerUsenet
- Prepaid-Usenet
- PureUsenet
- RhinoNewsGroups
- Shemes
- Simonews
- SLL-News
- SMS-Usenet
- SNELNL
- Sonic News
- SunnyUsenet
- Supernews
- Teranews
- Tigerusenet
- TheCubenet
- ThunderNews
- TitanNews
- TweakNews *
- Uncensored Newsfeed
- United-Newsserver
- Usenet4U
- Usenet.NL
- Usenet.Net
- Usenet.Pro
- Usenet-Access
- Usenetbucket *
- UsenetCentral
- Usenetexpress *
- Usenet.Farm *
- Usenet-News
- UsenetLink *
- UseNetNow
- UsenetServer *
- Voordeligusenet
- Xennews
- XLned
- XSNews *
- XSUsenet
- YottaNews
- Z51

Usenet Pros

What is Usenet? How does Usenet work? - Usenet resources

- Usenet is the fastest network
- Usenet is secure
- Usenet privacy
- Usenet anonymity
- Usenet neutrality
- Usenet reliability
- Usenet is decentralized
- Usenet is independent
- Usenet vs Torrent

Finding Content in Usenet

Searching for content on Usenet is easy. You can find hundreds of terabytes of content on Usenet. How To Find Content In Usenet? Recommended Newsgroup Newsreaders for easy and efficient downloading

- Usenet Indexing Sites
- Usenet NZB search engines
- NZB Index Sites
- Newshosting Client Review
- Sabnzbd Review
- Spotnet 2.0
- NZBGet
- CouchPotato with Usenet
- Usenet on KODI
- Grabit Review

Usenet Network

Usenet is a decentralized network, it works by each Usenet server sharing its information with all the other servers on the network. This propagation across servers makes Usenet an ideal place for storing information and data of all types. If a server is damaged (Message-IDs missing), the article can still exists on every other server in the network.

- Current Usenet Map
- Back-end Usenet Provider and Usenet Resellers
- Usenet News Server Addresses
- Usenet Ultimate package
- Usenet Combo
- Completion via Message-IDs
- Hybrid Usenet providers

Usenet Privacy

Our motto: the less personal information you provide to any third parties, the better.

The question of privacy, personal data and the use of a Usenet account has always existed. And the oldest Usenet users remember that before 2007, USPs made it clear with the term “download anonymously” to reassure users. Since the end of 2007, USPs have dropped the “anonymity” section while continuing to respect the privacy of their users. Privacy comes from:

  • The architecture of the Usenet network itself - USENET is a decentralized, distributed network. No one organization has control over its operation. New articles are automatically propagated throughout the system by daily feeds among the larger sites (backbone nodes).

  • The spirit and culture of Usenet - Usenet providers rely on maintaining their customers’ privacy as a business model. In general, USPs have never tried to reduce privacy or protection, unlike the rest of the internet which is very much controlled, and social networks that see the world as open but without any discretion. USENET has no binding authority. People do what they want to do, and we end up with a result that is the agglomeration of individual choices.
What is the privacy like for each USP?:

We have collected a few key points we consider essential, that add up to “Privacy” as a whole:

  • Jurisdiction - where is the USP based? Its judicial status is essential. It determines on one hand their policy for retrieving copyrighted files (DMCA = USA // NTD = Netherlands - because dutch USENET do not have DMCA takedowns like US providers) and on the other, the duration of LOGS. Although often believed otherwise, the USA does not have a policy on the length of time LOGS are kept. The USA are NO LOGS, like the Netherlands. So a USP based in the US is not legally obliged to keep LOGS.

  • LOGS - in theory when you connect to a Newsgroup Server, the provider may log your IP address and keep a log of what files you messages you have downloaded. In practice Usenet providers never keep logs, at least as far as we’ve heard, so you can be safe that your downloads will remain private. Equally, there is no monitoring of your downloads.

  • Tier-1 provider - In most cases, it’s best that you choose to go with a Tier 1 provider because they have the greatest control (Speed, Bandwitch, Completion, Retention) and typically have the best reliability. The second reason is that a Tier-1 provider directly manages its LOGS policy. Since it runs the network, it runs the logs as well. A newsgroup reseller is obliged to depend on its Tier-1 provider, the backbone from which it rents the network.

  • SSL - If you’re really worried about privacy, using an SSL connection with your USENET access will protect you. SSL encryption is always recommend both for privacy and to avoid ISP Traffic Shaping. A VPN is not needed to add to the security of your connection. The VPN encryption (VPN encryption) is on top of the SSL which has the same standards (Secure Socket Layer vs AES). No benefit to use VPN with Usenet if using SSL. The only thing it could do is change your IP in logs of your provider if they keep any or unless you do not want your USP to know your ISP IP

  • Anonymous payment - Maximizing your protection means paying and signing up for those services and products with providers that accept gift cards, Bitcoin or some other way of making privacy-enhanced or “anonymous” payments. The most feasible anonymous payment methods include prepaid gift cards (via Paygarden), Bitcoin (or some other crypto currencies), Money Order and Paysafecard. The most popular “anonymous” payment methods are Bitcoin or PaySafeCard, of which our favourite is Bitcoin. Bitcoin isn’t 100% anonymous but it protects your identity pretty well. Usenet fans in search of more anonymous payment options will appreciate bitcoin payments.

  • Information about yourself - In this section we have collected:

Registration details: The necessary information for each USP (first or last name, address, telephone number). The less the better! Easynews has the option of registering without even an email address!

Personnal Data: What do they do with the data given on registering and the data from your non-anonymous payment method, Paypal or by Credit card.

Login to the dashboard: The minimum level of security is to add an SSL certificate to your user space.

  • Information collected when using Usenet service - USPs tend to provide the least information about this kind of activity. We know that all USPs are NO LOGS, and there is no monitoring of your activities. Nonetheless for them to work on a technical level, USPs need to have some kind of statistics (number of users, most popular groups) or levels of personal and collective usage (amount of articles downloaded, of articles not found, of bytes downloaded, ...) or the IP connected to know how the Usenet service is used at a general level. Apart from Usenet.Farm, which describes all of this in detail, and to a lesser extent, Astraweb and Usenetnow/Blocknews, all other USPs do not provide any information on the subject.

  • Posting anonymously - Anonymous posting depends on three factors:

X-TRACE header and NNTP-posting-host header - The USP can remove and replace in the Header the info of the Uploader by an X-TRACE header, this means that the tracking information usually associated with each individual usenet message is blocked when it is created, so the author cannot be traced. And the uploader's IP can be replaced by the USP thanks to a NNTP-posting-host header. With these two measures, it is impossible for other users of Usenet to know who is posting what. Only the USP can track a post and an uploader (which is why is worth using a VPN to modify your IP). Watch out: not many USPs mention the X-TRACE header and NNTP-posting-host header but they do all use them.

Anonymous payment - many payment methods exist to avoid giving your personal data to your USP: Bitcoin and PaySafeCard are currently on offer.

Post with a VPN - a VPN has two technical characteristics: to secure your connection thanks to the protocol encryption (OpenVPN, SSTP or IKEv2, ...) and to modify your IP to the one used by the server where the protocol is installed. Only the USP can make the link between the uploader's IP and the post itself. You need to post with a No Logs VPN like IPVanish which will modify your IP.

  • Create groups anonymously - in theory the creation of a group is not easy to do with Usenet since you need to contact a newsgroup administrator (Newsmaster) and convince them to send a “control message” to other newsmasters to create and diffuse a new newsgroup on the network. There is an easy way to do so, however. Use the page “create groups anonymously" from Astraweb. You need to create your group by entering the desired name. This will quickly appear on Astraweb. Then if it is popular it will appear on other backbones without any intervention on your part.

To conclude:

You shouldn't be stupid about privacy. All USPs will respect the letter of the law, all USPs will never share your information with outside parties or track your usage unless mandated by law.

You need to understand that a USP that respects all aspects of privacy for its users (no logs, anonymous payment like bitcoin, no personal information) will know only the minimum about you, your connection IP and your connection login. Only your ISP IP can make a link between you and your login. This is why if you want to move from privacy to full anonymity you need to hide your connection IP. For this, use a No Logs VPN like IPVanish that hides your real IP from your USP. So your USP can only know your login but nothing else, since your IP is no longer your own!

Watch out: you don't need a VPN to add to the security of your connection. The SSL offered is largely sufficient and avoids any sniffing of data between you and your USP servers.

Don't mix up privacy and anonymity: privacy (protection) and anonymity (non-identification):

  • Privacy relies on your USP, which guarantees it through its policies and tools available (logs of articles you are reading/posting, personal information, payment methods, SSL). By their basic structure, USPs offer quite a lot in the way of protecting your identity. Anonymity is up to you and your habits. It is a higher level than simple privacy.

  • Anonymity depends on links between you and traces you might leave on Usenet (for example: a traditional method of payment like Paypal or bank card reveals to your USP all your personally identifiable information (“PII”) + IP ISP + personal email). Up to you to remain discrete and use other existing options: Bitcoin, VPN, temporary email address…

  • Privacy, Anonymity and Security are intertwined. This is why we made you a page on Usenet Security and Usenet Anonymity

Each Usenet provider has its own Privacy policy according to the jurisdiction it is subject to. In the table below we have grouped all the privacy policies from the most popular USPs - Which Usenet Services Take Your Privacy Seriously?

Usenet Poviders

Jurisdiction

Privacy review

Logs

Tier-1 Usenet provider or Usenet Reseller or Hybrid provider

SSL Anonymous Payment Methods

Registration details

Personnal Data

Login to the dashboard
Information collected when using Usenet service  Possible to post anonymously:
  • X-TRACE header and NNTP-posting-host header
  • Anonymous Payment methods
  • VPN
Create groups anonymously

Jurisdiction: Usenetbucket is based in The Netherlands where security and online privacy are very respected

Privacy review: Usenetbucket is part of all the new USPs that are extremely transparent and respectful of the Privacy of its users: no logs, anonymous payment.

And they reply to all the current questions Usenet users are asking about privacy and user data.

Great transparency. They offer an amazing number of tools to verify the quality of their service.

  • UsenetBucket Status

  • Customer Advisory
  • Information

Tansparence, security and privacy are respected by Usenetbucket

Logs: UsenetBucket does not monitor or record your activities online. They do not monitor which newsgroups you post to or download from or what you put in news articles that you post.

Usenet Reseller: Usenetbucket resells from XSNews, also based in The Netherlands.

What about XSNews' policy on Logs?: "We do not monitor or keep a record of your usenet access"

Free SSL is supported to help protect your anonymity online. So the only one knowing what you download, is you.

You could use an anonymous payment: Usenetbucket is the USP that has the most “anonymous” payments or those that guarantee a high level of confidentiality.

You can pay with anonymous payment methods such as Bitcoin, PaySafeCard (note: Paysafecards bought outside the EU are NOT accepted) and Paygarden

The other cash and prepaid systems are: Todito, GudangVoucher, wavegame, MOL, Dineromail, EcoCard
OneCard, GASH Card, Neosurf, myCard Card, Gamesilk, Ticket Surf, Webmoney Japan, MINT e-PIN, MangirKart, VTC Telco Cards, Safetypay Cash Efectivo, Svyaznoy, Openbucks, UniPin Voucher Card, Oxxo, AstroPayCard, Burger King Gift Card, Circle K Gift Card, CVS Pharmacy Gift Card, Dollar General Gift, Card, Subway Gift Card, Paygarden, PapiPago, Pagofacil, Paysbuy cash

Registration details: Just an email address and a password needed: "The only information we store is the information you provide us with".

Other info is requested but is optional.

Worth noting that Usenetbucket secures the password: "Your password is stored in a very secure non-reversible way. For the nerds: A two fish encryption with a random salt at a cost of 10, which results in a 512bit encryption."

Personnal Data: "your personal information is personal. We will never share your information voluntarily with a third party"

Login to the dashboard:
  • Dashboard can only be reached with SSL. This way they can secure the information transferred between their website and your computer.
  • Usenetbucket offers the option to join them through Facebook – but you should never use Facebook to connect to them. Facebook is the number one enemy of privacy.
Information collected when using Usenet service: ???????????? You can upload anonymously:

X-TRACE header and NNTP-posting-host header: No info on the X-TRACE header and the NNTP-posting-host header (header that removes your real 
IP address).

But Usenetbucket anonymises your posts well since your IP and your personal info is never displayed. I tested it out for you!

Anonymous Payment Methods: You can post anonymously on Usenetbucket as long as you pay with a secure maymethod like Bitcoin, PaySafeCard or Paygarden.

VPN: For a No Logs VPN we recommend IPVanish for your posting.

Jurisdiction: Usenet.farm is headquartered in the Netherlands, one of the best jurisdictions for privacy.

Privacy review: Usenet.farm is great where anonymity is concerned.

Aside from their Netherlands jurisdiction, it’s fully possible to sign up for service without giving your name.

If you want to be as anonymous as is realistically possible, use Bitcoin. Usenet.Farm itself says that, if you use Bitcoin, they have no idea who you are: "With BitCoin we know nothing about you!"

Usenet.Farm is a good option for the privacy-conscious user

Logs: Usenet.farm doesn't log the articles you are reading/posting

Hybrid Usenet provider:Usenet.Farm is a Tier 1 provider (meaning that they run their own servers and manage directly LOGS), for the first 30 days, than backfill from XSNews and another T1 USP

They support SSL:

- Port 443 SSL (Less secure SSL)

- Port 563 TLS (More secure SSL)

You could use an anonymous payment: Usenet.Farm has two types of more anonymous payments than
Paypal/iDeal.

In case you use the latter, Usenet.farm knows this about you:

  • Your full name
  • Your country

You can pay with anonymous payment methods such as Bitcoin, PaySafeCard

Bitcoin: Usenet.Farm encourages users to take advantage of Bitcoin if they need the highest possible level of privacy on the service.

Paysafecard: paysafecard is a simple and safe prepaid payment method that allows you to make payments online without the use of a bank account or credit card information. NOTE: Paysafecards bought outside the EU are NOT accepted 

Registration details - Personnal Data: No registration forms (You don’t need to provide any substantial information about yourself to sign up) and no passwords.

Login to the dashboard:
  • Dashboard can only be reached with SSL. This way they can secure the information transferred between their website and your computer.
  • You don’t need a username/password to login to the dashboard. You can do so directly from any HTML email sent to you by Usenet.Farm

Information collected when using Usenet service - Usenet.Farm collect:

  • Your IP-address
  • Amount of articles downloaded
  • Amount of articles not found
  • Amount of articles posted
  • Amount of bytes downloaded
  • Amount of bytes sent
  • When your IP connected/authenticated/closed

Note: After 1month they anonymise the data (removing your IP) and grouping it in their statistics.

You can upload anonymously: The only posting restriction is for free trial offers that are not eligible.

Or you can post anonymously: X-TRACE header and NNTP-posting-host header are removed.

Anonymous Payment Methods: Anonymous payment guaranteed.

VPN: Finally, IPVanish will hide your real IP.

TIP: Get the 500 GB block if you want to upload to usenet, it costs 15€ and your uploads don't count against you ever, so you can upload as much as you want to forever without it costing you. And the blocks could used as a backup fill server. 

Usenetnow is part of Blocknews.net. BlockNews (Block Usenet access) works very similar to UsenetNow (unlimited access).

Jurisdiction: BlockNews and Usenetnow are a US company and therefore under US law.

Privacy review: The SSL encryption allows users to get on the system without worrying about being monitored, which is something those at all concerned about their privacy will appreciate. Another big advantage of Blocknews is the ability to post files into newsgroups without being monitored. This is perfect for people who take care about keeping Usenet alive by uploading content files.

Logs: UsenetNow and Blocknews don't monitor or record your activities online: "We do not monitor which newsgroups you post to or download from or what you put in news articles that you post"

Usenet Reseller: UsenetNow and Blocknews resell services from UNS Holdings, also based in the USA.

What is the UNS Holdings policy for Logs?: UNS Holdings is NO LOGS.

It is interesting that Usenetnow (or Blocknews) make no secret of being resellers (unlike most USPs that never mention it): " Usenetnow.net resells capacity in other providers servers, over which Usenetnow.net has no influence or control."

Free SSL With All Accounts, protecting anonymity. 

You could use an anonymous payment: Usenetnow / Blocknews accept two anonymous payments: Bitcoin and the excellent “Money Order” in cash, US $.

For cash, the rules are simple: fill in the doc and add your cash.

Registration details: Even when paying with Paypal or credit card, Usenetnow is not intrusive when it comes to personal details. They only need a first/last name (that could be fake).

When paying anonymously this is unnecessary.

Personnal data: Very classic:"We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement."

Login to the dashboard: Dashboard can only be reached with SSL. This way they can secure the information transferred between their website and your computer.

Information collected when using Usenet service: Usenetnow / Blocknews admit using data for better administration of their servers (what data?): "UsenetNow monitors the servers to the extent necessary to ensure that high standards of service are met. "

As for IPs that visit the site or that connect to it, Usenetnow shows great transparency since they allow it without using it: "We use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information."

You can upload anonymously: Although they don't underline it, Blocknews (which we recommend for posting) refers to it: "Free Uploads! Want to give back to the Usenet community? Go for it!"

X-TRACE header and NNTP-posting-host header are removed.

Anonymous Payment Methods: possible using anonymous payment for your block account with Blocknews

VPN: use a third party VPN with No Logs like IPVanish

TIP: Get the 5 GB block if you want to upload to usenet, it costs $2.75 and your uploads don't count against you ever, so you can upload as much as you want to forever without it costing you.

Easynews exists both on the NNTP server (news.easynews.com) and on the webinterface

Jurisdiction: Easynews is a US based Usenet access provider

Privacy review: Easynews is big on security and anonymity:

  • NO LOGS clearly declared, a very positive point.
  • 256-bit SSL Encryption for secure connectivity to protect user names, password and protect against identity theft. Even email is optional !
  • Easynews takes your privacy seriously with one of the most aggressive privacy policies in the industry. A clear policy that is easy to understand.

Logs: No logs of what users download are being kept

  • "We do not keep HTTP logs"
  • "We do not keep NNTP logs"

Tier-1 Usenet provider: Easynews is a Tier 1 provider meaning that they run their own servers and manage directly LOGS

Secure NNTP Usenet access (over SSL via NNTPS) included with your subscription.

SSL is also available for the web interface (over SSL via HTTPS), so you’re fully protected there too.

You could use an anonymous payment: Easynews accepts payments via postal mail. They require that these payments be sent in the form or a cashier's check or money order. The address is: Easynews Holdings Inc. Dept AT 953031 Atlanta, GA 31192-3031

How to Get a Money Order

How to Pay for a Money Order 

It is a shame that Easynews doesn't accept anonymous online payments like Bitcoin or giftcards (via Paygarden)

Registration details: Easynews is the only USP that allows you to not give your email. The customer may optionally provide email address. They replace it with a security question. So Easynews doesn't require anything of you. If you pay in cashier's check or money order then you avoid providing any data (given by card or Paypal): Name, credit card number, credit card expiration data, card validation value (CVV2), street address, and zip code are collected. 

Personnal data: "Easynews will never sell your information to a 3rd party."

Worth noting: Easynews carefully describes the use of personal data, the USP that does so the best: what? Who? When? And Why? Well done Easynews!

Login to the dashboard:
  • Done through username and password. If you forget your password, you can retrieve it with the security question
  • Dashboard can only be reached with SSL. This way they can secure the information transferred between their website and your computer.

Information collected when using Usenet service: "Easynews does not store, or link, IP addresses with collected account information. IP addresses are only collected and used for administrative purposes to ensure that the optimal operation of the site."

Easynews describes posting in its FAQ! Easynews gives lots of advice and suggestions to becoming a good poster.

Posting is disabled by default on all Easynews accounts. You can ask Support to activate this privilege.

But I don't think it is possible to post if payment is made by money order?: "You CANNOT POST to Usenet with this account unless we know you (in order to prevent spam)."

X-TRACE header and NNTP-posting-host header: They remove X-headers from all posts which allows for more anonymous posting.

You can request a group to be added to the Easynews servers at our Add a Newsgroup page.

Jurisdiction: Newsdemon is based in the USA, a country that allows No Logs.

Privacy review: With regards to privacy, Newsdemon does not filter your Usenet newsgroups experience:

  • NewsDemon does not log their customers usage. 
  • 256-bit SSL Encryption is available for all plans
  • Bitcoin is a real advantage because it doesn't need any personal data for anonymous posting.

Logs: No logs of what users download are being kept: "NewsDemon does not track or log the newsgroups you visit or the articles your access"

Usenet Reseller: Newsdemon resell services from UNS Holdings, also based in the USA.

What is the UNS Holdings policy for Logs?: UNS Holdings is NO LOGS.

SSL encryption should take care of any security issues you may have

You could use an anonymous payment: For privacy conscious users they supports bitcoin payments.

Registration details: Name, address, country, email required. Normally just the email is enough if you pay with Bitcoin. But you also may not have known that NewsDemon members are allowed to delete all account information after signing up– while your account remains active until the end of your paid term.

Personnal data: "We do not and will not ever sell or share your email address or any contact info to any outside company....EVER!"

Login to the dashboard: Dashboard can only be reached with SSL. This way they can secure the information transferred between their website and your computer.

Information collected when using Usenet service: Maintain a record of any post you make to the USENET but access to this information is restricted

You can upload anonymously: "Posting ability is a privilege, not a right. Newsdemon does not immediately grant posting privileges to new members. You must apply for posting access. Once approved, your posting access will be activated within 24-48 hours. Your posting access may be suspended at any time without notice at the discretion of our abuse department"

Posting is very regulated by Newsdemon, But anonymous posting is possible:

  • X-TRACE header and NNTP-posting-host header: Information about the poster are protected by the NNTP-posting-host header and The X-TRACE header
  • Anonymous Payment Methods: Payment via Bitcoin.

  • VPN: IP ISP can be hidden by a No Logs VPN like IPVanish.

TIP: Get the 10 GB block if you want to upload to usenet, it costs $4 and your uploads don't count against you ever, so you can upload as much as you want to forever without it costing you.

You can't create a new group anonymously but you can have an existing newsgroup added to Newsdemon's servers. Just use this form to submit newsgroups you would like added

Jurisdiction: US-based provider. Usenetserver has newsgroup servers in the United States and Europe. 

Privacy review: This company takes privacy seriously.

The company has consistently shown a commitment to protecting their customer’s anonymity: "At Usenetserver.com, it is our goal to keep your personal information as private as possible." 

Logs: Usenetserver does not log what newsgroups or articles you are downloading.

Tier-1 Usenet provider: UsenetServer is a Tier 1 provider meaning that they run their own servers and manage directly LOGS

UsenetServer provides encrypted connections using 256-bit SSL, preventing your ISP from seeing what newsgroups and articles you are viewing.

You could use an anonymous payment: UsenetServer offers the most anonymous payment modes, you can pay via money order !!!!

How to Get a Money Order

How to Pay for a Money Order 

If you wish to pay via money order, send payment in US Funds ONLY. There is a three month minimum for all non-credit card subscribers.

Process described here

Registration details: You can give them the minimum: a name (yours or not) an email address (to send subscribers information about their accounts)

Personnal data: "We do not sell, share or rent personally identifiable information to others"

Login to the dashboard: Dashboard can only be reached with SSL. This way they can secure the information transferred between their website and your computer

Information collected when using Usenet service: ?????????

You can upload anonymously: UsenetServer remove the X-TRACE header (The X-TRACE header encrypts any information about the uploader) and NNTP-posting-host header (the NNTP-posting-host header that replaces your upload IP with the Newsgroup server address)

Anonymous Payment Methods: Possibility of anonymous payment (money order)

VPN: the addition of our recommended VPN (IPVanish) makes UNS one of the best USP for posting.

You can't anonymously create a new newsgroup but you can have an existing newsgroup added to UsenetServer's servers. Just send an email to UsenetServer's support and include the name of the existing group you would like to have added.

Jurisdiction: XSNews is a EU based Usenet Servers. They are in Holland, so they do have to comply with Dutch law.

Privacy review: XS News is a Dutch Usenet provider so XSNews is under jurisdiction Dutch law (NTD procedure).

XSNews also offers 256 Bit SSL connection, so you can assure yourself of being protected from Identity Theft or Privacy breach while accessing the thousands of uncensored newsgroups that XSNews Usenet access provides.

The service also takes bitcoin and Paysafecard, which is a real plus for those want to protect their privacy as much as possible.

Logs: They do not monitor which newsgroups you post to or download from or what you put in news articles that you post: "We do not monitor or keep a record of your usenet access"

Tier-1 Usenet provider: XSNews is a Tier 1 provider meaning that they run their own servers and manage directly LOGS

As is standard with most providers, you have the option to encrypt your connection with SSL

You could use an anonymous payment: XSNews does take Paysafecard, which is a significant privacy advantage in and of itself.

The service also takes bitcoin, which is a real plus for those who need total anonymity.

Registration details: XS News asks for a valid email address as well as personal identifiable information: Name and country

Personnal data: " XS News processes personal data from subscribers when providing the service on the basis of this agreement. These data are recorded in the XS News administration, which is only used for administrative purposes and within the framework of implementation of the agreement. "

Login to the dashboard: Dashboard can only be reached with SSL. This way they can secure the information transferred between their website and your computer.

Information collected when using Usenet service:

"We will also collect your IP address each time you log in. This information is used to ensure that our accounts are being used only for personal use and are not being resold or shared with others."

"we may collect the amount of data you have transferred for accounting purposes."

You can upload anonymously:

X-TRACE header and NNTP-posting-host header: No info but we think that XSNews ensures confidentiality of the Uploader on the Usenet network

Anonymous Payment Methods: You can post anonymously on XSNews as long as you pay with a secure maymethod like Bitcoin or PaySafeCard

VPN: Adding a No logs VPN (IPVanish) to post is advisable

TIP: Get the 20 GB block if you want to upload to usenet, it costs 9.95 € and your uploads don't count against you ever, so you can upload as much as you want to forever without it costing you.

Jurisdiction: We are unsure of Usenetlink’s jurisdiction, but we think they are based in South Africa. There is not much information about UsenetLink. On the plus side, they don’t ask for much!

Privacy review: Usenetlink does not ask for much personal info. And they are able to offer altcoins for payment (BitCoin, LiteCoin, DogeCoin)

UsenetLink, like Usenet.Farm, knows that Usenet users expect two things:

  1. Completion: Usenetlink can provide full completion thanks to a MultiFeeds Process that searches for files where they still exist.
  2. Anonymity: for the Usenet user to download without feeling watched

Logs: ???????

Usenet Multi- Resellers: UsenetLink is a Multi-resellers, meaning that they received feeds from multiple backends. Not only from one Tier1 USP but from various T1 backbones.

Usenetlink is MultiFeeds (reseller of several Tier-1 providers) but UsenetLink doesn’t reveal its external feeds.

They protect downloads with 256-bit SSL encryption. The provider offers the SSL downloads over Port 563.

You could use an anonymous payment: They accept these Cryptocurrencies: BitCoin, LiteCoin, DogeCoin

Registration details: Minimum information required: email and name (could be fake). UsenetLink members are allowed to change their PII: "You can access and change your personally identifiable information after login on UsenetLink."

Personnal data: "We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete your order, process payments, and, if necessary, to process debt collection"

Login to the dashboard: Dashboard can only be reached with SSL. This way they can secure the information transferred between their website and your computer.

Information collected when using Usenet service: ?????????

You can upload anonymously:

X-TRACE header and NNTP-posting-host header: No info but we think that UsenetLink ensures confidentiality of the Uploader on the Usenet network

Anonymous Payment Methods: Many cryptocurrencies (BitCoin, LiteCoin, DogeCoin) creates a high level of anonymity.

VPN: Adding a No logs VPN (IPVanish) to post is advisable

Jurisdiction: XLned is a Holland based usenet provider.

Privacy review: They accept bitcoin and offer SSL, so those individuals who are particularly concerned about preserving their privacy should find this provider to be attractive in that regard. 

Logs: ???????

Usenet Reseller: XLNed resells from BaseIP, also based in The Netherlands.

What is the Base IP policy for Logs?: ??????

You have the option to encrypt your connection with SSL

You could use an anonymous payment: There are anonymous payment methods available, such as Bitcoin and PaySafeCard

Registration details: Signing up is straightforward, with loads of payment methods offered, even Bitcoin and PaySafeCard, which can both be bought anonymously. It would be nice though if they would not ask for so much personal information: Initial(s) - First name - Surname prefix - Last name - Street - Number - Suffix - ZIP code - City - Country E-mail address

Personnal data: "Privacy is highly valued at XLned; your personal data (including your IP address) aren't visible to others." + "We only use your personal information for own internal business operations and to give you the information you requested. In particular, we retain your name, address and related information for billing purposes. "

Note that XLned is one of the only USPs that lets its users consult their personal information. But also to be able to delete them definitively.

Login to the dashboard: Dashboard can only be reached with SSL. This way they can secure the information transferred between their website and your computer.

Information collected when using Usenet service: "Data we obtain from general website and Usenet service use is anonymized as soon as is practicable."

Not much information on data and the duration it is conserved. But at least XLNed refers to it!

 

You can upload anonymously: NNTP upload can only be enabled for paid subscriptions.

X-TRACE header and NNTP-posting-host header: No infos on the X-TRACE header and NNTP-posting-host header. We think it has been removed by XLNed

Anonymous Payment Methods: Bitcoin and Paysafecard guarantee strong anonymity for you with your USP

VPN: Adding a No logs VPN (IPVanish) to post is advisable

Note that XLNed has a separate upload server, allowing you to simultaneously post and read with your maximum of connections. This way you can read messages while you're posting messages for others, without slowing down the reading of messages and dividing your connections to the server between posting and reading!

Jurisdiction: PureUsenet is a Holland based usenet provider.

Privacy review: PureUsenet offers 256-bit SSL encryption over port 563. They’re located in Europe, too, so that’s a bonus for people who want more privacy.

They also add an extra layer of privacy by allowing Bitcoin payments.

Logs: ???????

usenbet Reseller: PureUsenet resells from BaseIP, also based in The Netherlands.

What is the Base IP policy for Logs?: ??????

PureUsenet.nl members can connect using 256-bit SSL at no additional cost. We highly recommend using SSL via port 563 to help protect your privacy while downloading from newsgroups.

You could use an anonymous payment: Anonymous Payment possible via Paysafecard

They also accept Bitcoin, so you have the option of a strong anonymity layer if you want it.

Registration details: Name, address, country, email are required. Normally, just an email is enough if you pay with Bitcoin.

Personnal data: The Privacy Statement is in Dutch but it is easy enough to understand: No personal information divulged or sold. Only for internal usage.

Note that PureUsenet is one of the only USPs that lets its users consult their personal information. But also to be able to delete them definitively.

Login to the dashboard: Dashboard can only be reached with SSL. This way they can secure the information transferred between their website and your computer.

Information collected when using Usenet service: ????????

You can upload anonymously: NNTP upload can only be enabled for paid subscriptions.

X-TRACE header and NNTP-posting-host header: No infos on the X-TRACE header and NNTP-posting-host header. But we think they have been removed by PureUsenet

Anonymous Payment Methods: Bitcoin and Paysafecard guarantee a strong level of anonymity for your USP if you want to post.

VPN: And adding a VPN like IPVanish completes this magical trio if you do want to post anonymously.

Jurisdiction: Corporate offices are based in Singapore

Privacy review: Being based out of Singapore means they are controlled under Singapore law which could mean more privacy and anonymity for you if your physical location is outside of Singapore.

Astraweb is one of the best USPs when it comes to privacy. Their privacy policy, the FAQ is clear and indicates clearly Astraweb's stance on Logs, privacy, personal data.

I particularly like being able to create a new newsgroup anonymously.

The only problem is the lack of anonymous payment method, which means giving them your personal information.

Logs: They do not log or monitor your newsreading activities. They do not log any of the groups that you have read or the articles that you download. 

Tier-1 Usenet provider: Astraweb is a Tier 1 provider meaning that they run their own servers and manage directly LOGS

Astraweb plan includes 256bit SSL encryption. 

Registration details:"Members are asked to provide certain accurate personal information when they sign up for our services. This information includes legal name, electronic mail (if you have one) and street address, billing address (if different from address), telephone number, billing information/credit card, and the identity of the actual Customer that is accessing the account."

Personnal data: "Your personal data is retained indefinitely even after your account has been cancelled"

Login to the dashboard: Astraweb's URLs do not redirect to HTTPS pages. Modern websites tend to be SSL secured (HTTPS) as it provides an extra security layer while logging in to their Web Service

Information collected when using Usenet service: They only store the amount downloaded, date and access IP address for accounting purposes. 

Your posts will appear anonymously on the newsgroups (encrypted X-Trace Header + NNTP-posting-host header).

They only keep a record internally, accessible only their staff, to track down abuse cases. 

But No anonymous payment!

Astraweb is the only USP that allows you to create a new Newsgroup anonymously:

- They will not record your username
- This is a public URL
- This URL changes daily for security reasons
- This process is totally anonymous

Jurisdiction: theCubeNet is an American Usenet company with servers in the United States and Europe.  

Privacy review:
  • When it comes to Privacy theCubeNet starts by supporting SSL connections to their Usenet servers. 
  • Also no logs are kept
  • They accept bitcoin for those who want a more anonymous payment source and several crypto currencies including LiteCoin, FeatherCoin and WorldCoin. Adding another level of privacy and anonymity to the service.

Logs: No server logs are kept: "We only log the date of access, IP address and download amount for accounting purposes. We do not log any other information."

Usenet Reseller: theCubeNet resell services from UNS Holdings, also based in the USA.

What is the UNS Holdings policy for Logs?: UNS Holdings is NO LOGS.

TheCubenet’s plans include 256bit SSL encryption with their USENET service

You could use an anonymous payment: They accept these Cryptocurrencies: BitCoin, LiteCoin, FeatherCoin, WorldCoin.

Which might be important to some users who want to protect their privacy as much as possible.

Registration details:"We collect the following information from our users: name, address, email address, IP address, phone number, payment information such as credit/debit card information or PayPal e-mail address." Only applies to Paypal and credit cards that show your personally identifiable information (“PII”).

Pay with Bitcoin !

Personnal data: "Personal information about a user or account holder will not be disclosed unless we are required to do so under applicable State and Federal laws, including without limitation, DMCA."

Login to the dashboard: Dashboard can only be reached with SSL. This way they can secure the information transferred between their website and your computer.

Information collected when using Usenet service: "We only log the date of access, IP address and download amount for accounting purposes. We do not log any other information."

You can upload anonymously:

X-TRACE header and NNTP-posting-host header: Your posts will appear anonymously on the newsgroups (encrypted X-Trace Header + NNTP-posting-host header).

Anonymous Payment Methods: Many cryptocurrencies like Litecoin (Litecoin is the ultimate bitcoin washer) creates a high level of anonymity.

VPN: As for No Logs VPN (IPVanish - Private Internet Access) there are lots of them to modify your ISP IP.

TIP: Get the 5 GB block if you want to upload to usenet, it costs $2.99 and your uploads dont count against you ever, so you can upload as much as you want to forever without it costing you.

Jurisdiction: Cheapnews is a Netherlands-based provider.

Privacy review: Between the SSL port being available and the provider taking the bitcoin payment method, you should be able to use this service with complete privacy.

 

Logs: We think that Cheapnews doesn't keep Logs. But they don't have much info, just this indication: "We will never share your information with outside parties or track your downloads (unless required by law)"

Hybrid Usenet provider:Cheapnews are a hybrid providers like Usenet.Farm having their own small retention than backfill from XSnews also they have serverfarm located in NL

Cheapnews allows members to connect via SSL to provide an extra layer of encryption.

You could use an anonymous payment: Cheapnews does take Paysafecard, which is a significant privacy advantage in and of itself.

The service also takes bitcoin, which is a real plus for those who need total anonymity.

Registration details: Name, first name, email required. Email is enough if you pay with Bitcoin or PaySafeCard.

Personnal data: "We will never share your information with outside parties or track your downloads (unless required by law)"

Login to the dashboard: Dashboard can only be reached with SSL. This way they can secure the information transferred between their website and your computer.

Information collected when using Usenet service: ????????????

You can upload anonymously:

X-TRACE header and NNTP-posting-host header: No info but we think that Cheapnews ensures confidentiality of the Uploader on the Usenet network

Anonymous Payment Methods: Possibility of anonymous payment by Bitcoin or Paysafecard

VPN:
Don't forget to post with a VPN so the post is the most anonymous possible.

TIP: Get the 100 GB block if you want to upload to usenet, it costs 14.95€ and your uploads dont count against you ever, so you can upload as much as you want to forever without it costing you. And block-account from Cheapnews are good for filling in the missing.

Jurisdiction: Eweka is under Netherlands jurisdiction and subject to Dutch law.

Privacy review: The main advantage of Eweka is in its jurisdiction which definitely favours confidentiality of user data: logs, personal data:

  • To register at Eweka, a valid email address is required. The rest (name, phone number, Address) is optional
  • They hold personal information about their subscribers in the strictest confidence and do not sell or rent that information.

Logs: They do not monitor or record online activities of their subscribers: "Eweka can-not monitor the content of the information exchanged, made public, or available to third parties using Eweka's network"

Tier-1 Usenet provider: Eweka is a Tier 1 provider meaning that they run their own servers and manage directly LOGS

Eweka supports SSL, which means all connections and transfers between you and the Usenet servers will be encrypted

Registration details: "A valid e-mail address is the most important item you will need to provide. All correspondence will be sent to the e-mail address that you use to register your account.

Of course you may complete all fields. For payment and account verification, it is useful to provide your last id, telephone number and bank account number."

Personnal data: Eweka respects the privacy of their customers and they never sell or release any customer information: "The Client's data will be included in the administration of Eweka Internet Services B.V., and will only be used for administration purposes. This data will not be made available to third parties for other purposes without the Client's permission."

Login to the dashboard: Dashboard can only be reached with SSL. This way they can secure the information transferred between their website and your computer.

Information collected when using Usenet service: ?????????

To post in a discussion group you need to use post.eweka.nl via Port 119. You can login with your current Eweka connection details.

Jurisdiction: The Usenet provider Newshosting is based in the USA

Privacy review: If you’re worried about privacy, Newshosting is a good choice.

For Newshosting the handling of the personal data of its users is of great importance. The fact that Newshosting keeps no logs of your activity online, or of your posts to, or downloads from, newsgroups, plus the fact that transfers are protected by strong 256-bit SSL encryption, means that it will keep your Usenet activity private.

Logs: Newshosting does not track which articles you are downloading from their Usenet servers: "Newshosting does not monitor or record your activities online. We do not monitor which newsgroups you post to or download from or what you put in news articles that you post"

Tier-1 Usenet provider: Newshosting is a Tier 1 provider meaning that they run their own servers and manage directly LOGS

They start out by offering 256-bit encryption on their connections, so you’re protected.

Registration details: You can give them the minimum: a name (yours or not), an email address because: "Newshosting requires certain information at the time of signup and in the course of providing customer support"

Personnal data:"Newshosting holds personal information about you in the strictest confidence and does not sell or rent that information"

Login to the dashboard: Dashboard can only be reached with SSL. This way they can secure the information transferred between their website and your computer.

Information collected when using Usenet service: ????????????

By default, all new accounts have posting access disabled.

Posting at Newshosting is restricted upon sign up. In order to post, you will need to request the ability from support via a quick email

 

You can't create a new newsgroup anonymously but you can ask to add a group that already exists on a major backbone.

Just send the name of the newsgroup via email to their support team

Jurisdiction: Newsgroupdirect is based in the USA (a country that allows No Logs) with servers in the United States and Europe.

Privacy review: NewsgroupDirect respects your privacy. The company will never share your information with outside parties or track your downloads. We appreciate that NewsgroupDirect offers free SSL encryption with all their accounts.

But no anonymous payment method which is a shame as Newsgroupdirect has the best block accounts and they could be used for posting and not just for completing articles missing from another provider.

 

Logs: They do not monitor downloads or maintain log files: "We do not and cannot log what you download."

Usenet Reseller: Newsgroupdirect resell services from UNS Holdings, also based in the USA.

What is the UNS Holdings policy for Logs?: UNS Holdings is NO LOGS.

Newsgroupdirect offers free 256-bit SSL connections to all customers.

Registration details:"We collect the following information from our users: first & last name, street address, city, state, ZIP code, and email address. We use this information to process payments to our site as well as provide customer service more effectively."

Personnal data:" We will never share your information with outside parties or track your downloads."

Login to the dashboard: Dashboard can only be reached with SSL. This way they can secure the information transferred between their website and your computer.

Information collected when using Usenet service: "All we can see is the volume of information that you download, not the content."

Newsgroupdirect has everything to be a great USP for posting: lots of cheap block accounts, excellent peering with other USPs, protecting the poster thanks to X-TRACE header and NNTP-posting-host header.

But NewsgroupDirect doesn't offer any anonymous payment methods. So using a VPN with change your ISP IP. But there is a lot of personally identifiable information (“PII”) that comes with Paypal or Credit cards.

Jurisdiction: ExtremeUsenet is based in The Netherlands (Privacy is highly valued by The Netherlands).

Privacy review: We know ExtremeUsenet very well and they are very attached to privacy. But the site is missing information as to the exact details.

Logs: ???????

Usenet Reseller: ExtremeUsenet resells from BaseIP, also based in The Netherlands.

What is the Base IP policy for Logs?: ??????

ExtremeUsenet includes SSL connections with all of their plans.

Registration details: You can give them the minimum: a name (yours or not), an email address because: "to send subscribers information about their accounts"

Personnal data:"Extreme Usenet will NEVER, without your consent, release, sell or lease your information to other parties"

Login to the dashboard: Dashboard can only be reached with SSL. This way they can secure the information transferred between their website and your computer.

Information collected when using Usenet service: ???????

X-TRACE header and NNTP-posting-host header: Information about the poster are protected by the NNTP-posting-host header that replaces your upload IP with the Newsgroup server address. The X-TRACE header encrypts any information about the uploader.

But no anonymous payment method.

Jurisdiction: Tweaknews is a Netherlands-based company. So Tweaknews is under jurisdiction Dutch law as the company and website are based there.

Privacy review: "Maintaining your privacy is of high importance to us." is the Motto of Tweaknews.

Positive points: They have good encryption and their servers are located in Europe.

Negative points: no mention of Logs, nor anonymous payment methods (Gift Card - Paysafecard - Pseudonymous Currency)

Logs: Tweaknews is an exception in the world of USPs. Tweaknews does not mention Logs at all on their site. Impossible to know if they are No Logs. But they are the only ones to mention anonymity: "Anonymous because your downloads are completely stealth"

Tier-1 Usenet provider: Tweaknews is a Tier 1 provider meaning that they run their own servers and manage directly LOGS

All Tweaknews accounts include 256-bit Encrypted SSL connections. This helps to protect your privacy because all data between your Newsgroup client and the Usenet servers are unreadable by anyone that could intercept them.

Registration details: Tweaknews needs a name, first name, country and email address. Considering the payment methods offered: credit card, Paypal, there must be other personally identifiable information (“PII”) shared

Personnal data: "We do our utmost to ensure appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect your personal information against loss and against any form of wrongful processing. Maintaining your privacy is of high importance to us."

Login to the dashboard: Dashboard can only be reached with SSL. This way they can secure the information transferred between their website and your computer.

Information collected when using Usenet service: ????????????

X-TRACE header and NNTP-posting-host header: Information about the poster are protected by the NNTP-posting-host header that replaces your upload IP with the Newsgroup server address. The X-TRACE header encrypts any information about the uploader.

But no anonymous payment method.

Jurisdiction: The Usenet provider Thundernews is based in the USA. They are in the US, so they do have to comply with US law.

Privacy review:

Thundernews has a classic confidentiality policy:

  1. No Logs
  2. SSL
  3. Statement of intent: "Your privacy is important to us"
  4. A good quality Terms and Conditions page

But

  1. No anonymous payment methods.
  2. Even if Thundernews never gives away the registration data, there is too much of it.

Logs: They do not monitor downloads or maintain log files: "At ThunderNews.com we do not log what newsgroups or articles you read"

Usenet Reseller: Thundernews resell services from UNS Holdings, also based in the USA.

What is the UNS Holdings policy for Logs?: UNS Holdings is NO LOGS.

SSL encryption is used on all downloads to provide anonymity for customers.

Registration details: Thundernews asks for a valid email address as well as lots of personal identifiable information. (“PII”)

Personnal data: "We do not release our users’ personal information to third parties except for those who process financial transactions for your account."

Login to the dashboard: Dashboard can only be reached with SSL. This way they can secure the information transferred between their website and your computer.

Information collected when using Usenet service:

Thundernews collects:

  1. The number of bytes of data you transfer
  2. These are statistics collected for their continued service. But not for surveillance: "but not what that data is"

At ThunderNews.com message posting is a privilege. So uploading copyrighted material via Thundernews would not be a good idea

You can't create a new newsgroup anonymously but you can ask to add a group that already exists on a major backbone.

Just send the name of the newsgroup via email to their Support team

Jurisdiction: Fastusenet is a US based company and operates under U.S. laws and regulations

Privacy review:

Fastusenet is old-school: Too much personal data and no modern or confidential payment methods.

Confidentiality is reduced to SSL and NO LOGs.

Logs: They do not monitor downloads or maintain log files: "Fast Usenet does not log any downloads from our servers".

Usenet Reseller: FastUsenet resell services from UNS Holdings, also based in the USA.

What is the UNS Holdings policy for Logs?: UNS Holdings is NO LOGS.

FastUsenet offers all of it's users free usage of SSL encryption. 

With SSL your privacy is secured:

  1. SSL can increase speeds if your provider performs traffic shaping.
  2. More secure, nobody can see what goes on in your connection

Registration details: "To complete a registration form, you will be required to select a user name and password, and to provide certain personally identifiable information, including without limitation your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, credit card number and other relevant information (all such information, “User Information”)."

Personnal data:"We do not share your User Information with other companies"

Login to the dashboard: Dashboard can only be reached with SSL. This way they can secure the information transferred between their website and your computer.

Information collected when using Usenet service: "We only log your bandwidth usage."

Posting privileges are disabled by default with all new accounts. If you would like to post you must submit a support request to authorize posting with your account.