USENET is no spring chicken. In fact, it’s one of the oldest file sharing technologies out there. If you’re looking for an alternative to BitTorrent, however, and all the headaches that come with it, looking backward is sometimes the best thing you can do.
It’s no secret that ISPs and copyright holder representatives loathe BitTorrent. In fact, both of them monitor BitTorrent for illegal file sharing. Some ISPs even throttle or otherwise obstruct BitTorrent traffic.
If you do happen to get caught downloading something you shouldn’t have been, the consequences can be severe. Even on the lighter end of the scale, they might mean having your Internet service interrupted by your ISP, or other punishments.
The solution to this is to use a VPN, which will encrypt your traffic and prevent anyone from seeing what you’re doing. This involves an extra step, however. If your VPN disconnects while you’re downloading something, your IP becomes visible and you might end up getting a nastygram from your ISP.
USENET connections are between you and the server. You’re not sharing your IP address with anyone but the USENET provider, and most of them don’t log what you download.
USENET providers almost universally offer encrypted servers, as well, so it’s easy to protect your privacy. The encryption, unlike a VPN, doesn’t extend beyond the USENET connection, but it prevents anyone from seeing what you’re downloading. The traffic isn’t throttled by ISPs, so you can download at your maximum allowed bandwidth.
Overall, USENET does offer quite a few advantages over torrenting. It also happens to be much faster, in most cases. If a binary is available on USENET and you have a good provider, you can count on maxing out your Internet speed while you download. No waiting for seeds or any other delays, either. USENET starts downloading fast from the start.
There are numerous different tools that you can use to get the most out of USENET. Some of the most popular, including SABnzbd,Couchpotato,NZBGet and many others are free. Paid options, such as Newzbin, usually justify their cost with constant updates and the regular addition of new features.
For these and a host of other reasons, USENET is the most affordable and reliable, and private, of file-sharing options. There’s plenty of competition between providers these days, so make sure to shop around if you want to give USENET a try but are holding out for a good deal.