Astraweb takes this category by storm, hands down. They are one of our top providers, very popular. One of the largest concerns at Astraweb is that of the anonymity and privacy, and in spite of the fact that they have server farms in both the U.S. and Europe, they do not appear to be under the jurisdictional control of either. A huge plus for the more paranoid members, and at the same time providing even more security and anonymity.
At Astraweb they insure your privacy and anonymity by never keeping any kind of logs except server related error logs…and even these don’t have any kind of information that would identify you. All posts are anonymous as you would like, and even starting new newsgroups is completely anonymous. Every account they have comes with SSL, and for the seriously private minded, they also support VPN’s and allow you to pick the port you want to communicate on.
Astraweb is a long standing Usenet provider that has enjoyed a lot of popularity in the last few years. This could possibly be due to the increasingly frequent government incursions into our privacy. Here are a few more important statistics about Astraweb:
Possibly due to their anonymity desire, Astraweb keeps themselves fairly low key, and tries to stay out of the news. This could be a great thing for their members, if you remember this summer when the British courts got an index provider in their sights. But in spite of this, they did have a few stories that we thought were worth mention here:
They were lucky, this service is so low key we almost forgot about them when we were tallying up the scores…but we don’t miss very much. And we would like to congratulate them and thank them for providing some of the best, private, Usenet access possible. Good work!