Uncensored Usenet: Best Value, Privacy and Speeds
We remain impressed by the quality of service offered by these best Usenet providers, which allow you to download a staggering number of videos, images, audio and software applications, completely uncensored, and at blisteringly fast speeds.
Thanks to strong (SSL) encryption used to protect downloads, and the fact that Usenet providers rely on maintaining their customers’ privacy as a business model, downloading content via Usenet is also a safe way to get the content you love.
We should also not forget, this being Usenet, that these services let you to participate in the zany, chaotic, and completely uncensored world of newsgroup discussions, if you like. Enjoy!
Our Picks for Best Usenet Provider 2017
This table summarizes our latest recommendations for the best Usenet providers available, based on up-to-the minute research. Scroll down to see details about each Usenet service. And scroll further down for a quick guide on what to look out for when choosing a provider yourself.
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• Free VPN for annual subscribers
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• Free fast newsreader included
Best Usenet Overall – Newshosting
Boasting uncensored and unrestricted access to over 100,000+ newsgroups, with a days retention period, and a 99% completion rate, Newshosting also features 30-60 concurrent connections as well as unlimited speed and data transfer.
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.
For those who want even more privacy, Newshosting also offers a VPN service, which it throws in free for annual subscribers.
While more experienced users may prefer accessing newsgroups via their favorite Usenet software, Newshosting’s offer of a free (and rather good) Usenet browser makes the service a great starting point for newbies. Newshosting allows a whopping 30 connections, ensuring fast download speeds.
Newshosting costs $8.34/m (annually) or $9.99/m (month-to-month). It also has one of the most generous free trials available of 14 days or 30 GB.
Best Usenet for Images & Videos – EasyNews
EasyNews is perfect for those completely new to Usenet as it offers a web-based interface which makes using Usenet as easy as using Google. Just search, preview and then watch or download.
EasyNews makes finding videos, images and audio files as easy as 1, 2, 3. Free 14-day trial accounts are available (> go to ‘Usenet Plans’ > ‘Free Account’), so you can always try it first risk-free. Go to EasyNews or read our full review.
How to Choose a Good Usenet Provider
Price: duh! Expect to pay around $8 to $20 per month, with discounts for purchasing longer periods. It is increasingly common for providers to include VPN protection with longer orders.
Data transfer limits: the higher the limits, the more you can download (hint: unlimited data is good!)
Number of newsgroups: this includes binaries newsgroups, which contain downloadable image, video, music and software files. If you are interested in a specific newsgroup, you should search (or browse) the newsgroups a provider carries before signing up for its service.
Newsgroup retention: the higher the retention period (that is, how long the provider keeps old newsgroup posts), the more binaries will be available to download. Retention periods typically start at around 1200 days, but as we can see above, the best Usenet providers offer 2800+ day retention periods.
Completion rate: there are few things in life more irritating than downloading a file, only to find that it halts at 90% completion because the remaining parts are not available. Nearly all Usenet providers claim 90%+ completion rates, although this can vary for a number of reasons and why a block account can also be a good idea.
Do remember, however, that the performance of any given provider can vary depending on factors such as your location, the time of day you download content, and how your ISP deals with encrypted or heavy traffic. Fortunately, this is what free trials are for. We fully encourage our readers to take advantage of these, so that you can find out which provider is the best for you.
Is a VPN Necessary for Usenet?
It is common these days for Usenet providers to offer “plus VPN packages” which are thrown in for free with longer-term signups. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) creates a secure encrypted tunnel between your computer (or device) and a VPN server, through which all your Internet traffic passes.
Using a VPN has a number of big advantages:
Your ISP cannot see what you get up to on the Internet: all it can see is that you are connected to a VPN server (which is perfectly legal almost everywhere.) Not only does this provide a welcome additional layer of protection to the standard SSL encryption used for Usenet downloads, but it provides a high level of privacy while surfing the Internet in general. If you activate a VPN, not even your ISP will be able to detect that you are downloading from Usenet.
Your IP address appears to be that of the VPN server: this improves privacy by masking your true IP address from anyone on the Internet trying to watch your activity. In addition, by connecting to servers in different locations you can “geo-spoof” your location in order to access services that are restricted based on where you live.
You are protected when using WiFi hotspots: because your Internet connection to the VPN is encrypted, your data cannot be hacked when using a public Wi-Fi hotspot, even if you connect to a compromised access point.
A VPN is a great general purpose privacy tool (see 10 Uses for VPN), and makes a great “plus” when choosing a Usenet plan, especially as these typically offer a VPN at much lower prices (or even for free) than paying for a stand-alone VPN plan.
Conclusion: Best Usenet Provider 2017
The quality of good Usenet services continues to grow, with ever increasing data transfer limits, number of newsgroups on offer, retention periods, and so on. We also thoroughly approve of the trend to add low-cost VPN packages to plans, as these provide a robust security upgrade for all your Internet use.