Usenet is the oldest decentralized global bulletin board system that allows users to post and receive content and media online. The discussion groups or "newsgroups" are organized hierarchically by almost every imaginable topic. The term "Usenet" is a blend of the words "user" and "network". The network consists of News Servers that store the media and content, and the client computers. Information flows on a peer-to-peer basis from News Server to News Server so that client computers can access any information available on Usenet world-wide.
We think so! In short, Usenet offers a more consistently fast, reliable, private and secure downloading experience.
A newsreader is an NNTP client software that allows you to read and post messages on Usenet newsgroups by aggregating content to a single location for easy viewing. A good newsreader will basically eliminate the need for you to manually reassemble large binary files so we feel that this client software is essential for a positive Usenet experience. For more information on newsreaders check out our smart newsreader comparison table in the "Which Newsreader?" section.
One type of account is not really better than the others. If you think you will be downloading a lot of binary content with large sized files, and you will be doing so frequently, an unlimited account would most likely be the best bet. If you are an occasional downloader or new to Usenet you may want to start with a metered monthly bandwidth allowance or a block of bandwidth that has no time limit on when it can be used until you have a better understanding of your downloading habits.
New users might want to try a service like UseNeXT as they have their own client software interface that makes it really easy to get started with Usenet.
Making sure you that you have a fast Internet connection at home and that you choose a reliable service provider that invests in quality servers. We recommend a number of excellent Usenet service providers who have the infrastructure in place to support very rapid downloads. Companies like Giganews offer tools to test the speed of your downloads or you can evaluate this on sites like www.speedtest.net.
If you choose a Usenet provider rather than another file sharing technology the speed of your downloads will be consistently better for a few reasons. First off, with Usenet you will be downloading directly from the server rather than downloading from and uploading to peers. Also, if a file is not that popular the download speed from other file sharing technologies will be slower as the speed is dependent upon the number of other users hosting the file.
Yes. Most service providers have policies stating that they will not share your information with outside parties, monitor your postings or track your downloads unless required by law.
If you use other file sharing technologies your IP address is fully exposed so it is VERY easy to identify and track file uploads and downloads. In general it is harder to track your identity on Usenet and most providers also offer 256-bit SSL encryption to protect your user name and passwords, your identity, and the content you transfer and store using their servers.
An XML-based file format conceived by the developers of Newzbin.com that facilitates the retrieval of news postings from Usenet servers using search-capable websites. This file format eliminates the need to download headers and creates a more bandwidth-efficient and faster download experience. NZB files are especially useful when downloading large files using an NZB-capable newsreader as they enable the restoration of binary files that have been divided into multiple segments or parts using yEnc or uuEncode.