Using SSL To Secure Usenet Access

Every Usenet service provider offers SSL encryption for everything you download. Usenet is safe.

What is the security level of exchanges and transfers on the Usenet network?

All Usenet servers offer SSL. Secure Sockets Layers or SSL is a secure transaction procedure that increases your security of access to Usenet. (Usenet providers use the same security protocols as online banking). SSL is like a tunnel, a secure channel of communication (encoded by a 256 bit key) between two machines (a client and a server). SSL allows secure and anonymous downloading on newsgroups. With 256 BIT SSL Encryption, you can trust your activity is completely safe. It has three main advantages:

1 - SSL encrypting stops any interception of data downloaded or sent

2 - SSL allows you to bypass any filter your ISP might have for Usenet

3 - SSL fights any network surveillance. This way the articles you read or download from your Usenet provider are visible to you and only you.

Will a VPN make you more secure?

There is no need to use a VPN to improve your connection safety. SSL connection to your Usenet server should be enough IMO. If Usenet is encrypted then there's no reason to use the VPN encryption as well. You need a VPN for downloading if you are hiding your IP of origin because a VPN gives you a new IP from its global servers or if you plan to upload to Usenet and want to stay as anonymous as possible: Usenet anonymity.

The second disadvantage is a loss of speed. The great thing about Usenet compared to torrenting is high, constant speed.

Without a VPN, I've been downloading hundreds of gigs a month from usenet binaries for the last 20 years without a single problem from my ISPs.

Which newsgroup providers offer SSL?

All providers now offer SSL - 256-bit SSL encryption comes at no extra charge. We would recommend NewsHosting. For $9.99/month or $99/year (with 30 connections and 3985 days retention) you can benefit from encrypted newsgroup access with free Newsreader at an unbeatable price.

How do you connect to newsgroups with SSL?

There are 3 steps to take:

-  TIck the SSL box in your Newsreader.

- Use the SSL address from your Usenet provider

=> For Newshosting use: news.newshosting.com
      
- Choose port 563 (or 443) to connect with SSL. The default SSL port for NNTP is 563. Some work better than others depending on your configuration or your ISP. For example, the benefits of using port 443 instead of port 563 is that the latter could be closed if you are behind a firewall, while port 443 is often open for HTTPS traffic.

Which Usenet Services Take Your Security Seriously?

NewsHosting

Newshosting helps ensure your privacy with free 256-bit SSL encryption

Newshosting has servers in the USA and Europe they have multiple redundant backbone connections to the Internet so speed is only limited by your own ISP if you live in the USA or Europe. 

Geographic auto-select hostnames:
IPv4 - news.newshosting.com
IPv6 - news6.newshosting.com

United States hostnames:
IPv4 - news-us.newshosting.com
IPv6 - news-us6.newshosting.com

Europe hostnames:
IPv4 - news-eu.newshosting.com
IPv6 - news-eu6.newshosting.com

Netherlands hostnames:
IPv4 - news-nl.newshosting.com
IPv6 - news-nl6.newshosting.com
 
Germany hostnames:
IPv4 - news-de.newshosting.com
IPv6 - news-de6.newshosting.com

SSL Ports: 563, 443, 23, 25, 80, 3128

UsenetServer

UseNetServer helps ensure your privacy with free 256-bit SSL encryption

UsenetServer has servers in the USA, Germany and the Netherlands.

IPv4: news.usenetserver.com
IPv6: news6.usenetserver.com

IPv4: news-us.usenetserver.com
IPv6: news-us6.usenetserver.com

IPv4: news-eu.usenetserver.com
IPv6: news-eu6.usenetserver.com

Secure SSL ports: 563, 443, 8080

Eweka

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

Eweka has servers located in the Netherlands. 

sslreader.eweka.nl

Secure SSL port: 563

Tweaknews

Tweaknews allows members to connect via 256-bit SSL encryption.

Tweaknews has servers located in the Netherlands. 

news.tweaknews.eu

Secure SSL ports: 563, 443

Easynews

Easynews supports SSL connections for both their web-Usenet interface and NNTP servers.

This gives you an encrypted connection to their website and newsgroup servers.

Easynews has servers located in the USA (East Coast and West Coast) and servers in the Netherlands.

The United States server address options are as follows:

secure-us.news.easynews.com (IPv4)
secure6.news.us.easynews.com (IPv6)

The European server address options are as follows:

secure-eu.news.easynews.com (IPv4)
secure6.news.eu.easynews.com (IPv6)

Secure SSL ports: 21, 23, 25, 53, 80, 110, 443, 563, 8000 and 8080

UsenetExpress

UsenetExpress offers 256 bit SSL NNTP Connections.

Hostname: news.usenetexpress.com

Secure SSL ports:

563 or 443 for SSL (TLS 1.0+).

564 for old SSL clients (SSLv2).

ExtremeUsenet

ExtremeUsenet provides 256-Bit SSL Encrypted Connections. 

ExtremeUsenet has servers located in the Netherlands. 

news.extremeusenet.nl

Secure SSL ports: 563 or 443

NewsDemon

NewsDemon provides 256-Bit SSL Encrypted Connections.

NewsDemon is headquartered in America and supports servers in both the United States and Europe.

news.newsdemon.com

us.newsdemon.com

nl.newsdemon.com

eu.newsdemon.com

Secure SSL ports: 563, 80, 81, 9119

Newsgroupdirect

Newsgroupdirect provides 256-Bit SSL Encrypted Connections.

NewsgroupDirect has multiple news servers in the US and Europe.

us.newsgroupdirect.com

nl.newsgroupdirect.com

de.newsgroupdirect.com

Secure SSL ports: 563, 80, 81

UsenetBucket

UsenetBucket provides 256-Bit SSL Encrypted Connections.

UsenetBucket has servers located in the Netherlands. 

reader.usenetbucket.com

Secure SSL ports: 563 or 443

ViperNews

Vipernews provides 256-Bit SSL Encrypted Connections.

Vipernews has servers located in the Netherlands. 

news.vipernews.com

Secure SSL ports: 563 or 443

Usenet.Farm

Usenet.Farm’s plans include 256 bit SSL encryption with their USENET service.

Usenet.Farm has servers located in the Netherlands. 

news.usenet.farm

Secure SSL ports: 563 or 443

XSNews

XSNews provides users with free 256-bit SSL encryption to protect their connection.

XSNews has servers located in the Netherlands. 

reader.xsnews.nl

Secure SSL ports: 563 or 443

EasyUsenet

EasyUsenet provides users with free 256-bit SSL encryption to protect their connection.

EasyUsenet has servers located in the Netherlands. 

reader.easyusenet.nl

Secure SSL port: 563

TheCubeNet

TheCubeNet provides 256-Bit SSL Encrypted Connections. 

TheCubeNet has U. S. and European server farms.

US Secure secure.news.thecubenet.com

Europe Secure secure.europe.thecubenet.com

Secure SSL ports: 563, 80, 81

PureUsenet

PureUsenet members can connect using 256-bit SSL at no additional cost.

PureUsenet has servers located in the Netherlands. 

news.pureusenet.nl

Secure SSL ports: 563, 443

UsenetNow

UsenetNow offers 256-bit SSL encryption for privacy.

Usenetnow has U. S. and European server farms.

The addresses for the news server are as follows:

US Server: usnews.usenetnow.net

EU Server: eunews.usenetnow.net

EU Server 2: eunews2.usenetnow.net

Secure SSL ports: 563, 443, 5563

Blocknews

Blocknews provides 256-bit SSL encryption.

Blocknews has U. S. and European server farms.

With all accounts, you have access to the following servers:

US Server: usnews.blocknews.net

EU Server: eunews.blocknews.net

EU Server 2: eunews2.blocknews.net

Secure SSL ports: 563, 443, 5563

FrugalUsenet

FrugalUsenet provides 256-bit SSL encryption.

FrugalUsenet has U. S. and European server farms.

With all accounts, you have access to the following servers:

news.frugalusenet.com

eunews.frugalusenet.com

eunews2.frugalusenet.com 

Secure SSL ports: 563, 5563

5EuroUsenet

5EuroUsenet provides 256-bit SSL encryption.

reader.5eurousenet.com

Secure SSL ports: 563, 443

Usenetlink

UsenetLink UsenetLink offers 256-bit SSL encryption.

prime.usenetlink.com

Secure SSL ports: 563, 443, 22

FastUsenet

Usenet plans include 256-bit SSL encrypted connections.

FastUsenet has U.S. server farms.

secure.fastusenet.org 

Secure SSL ports: 465, 563, 5563

XLNed

XLNed allows members to connect via 256-bit SSL to provide an extra layer of encryption.

XLNed has servers located in the Netherlands.

news.xlned.nl

Secure SSL ports: 563, 443

Conclusion:

Security is very important for many users of newsgroup services. Many Usenet service providers provide an extra layer of privacy by offering 256-bit SSL Encryption to their nntp news servers. SSL helps usenet users bypass throttling attempts by ISP's who try limit the speed of Usenet traffic on their network. SSL also provides a secure way to connect to the news server- encrypting the nntp traffic that the user downloads.

TIP: Using VPN does not increase sercurity. You can read numerous articles about the necessity of VPN for Usenet use, but it does not help when it comes to security. SSL already serves to secure the channel.