Bill Mann

Bill Mann

April 6, 2018

Are you using Usenet to download NZB files or for any other form of private communication? If so, you need the anonymity that only an extremely secure, privacy-oriented VPN can give you. Over the years, we have reviewed over 150 VPNs and tracked down five that are ideal for shielding your Usenet activities from prying eyes. Any of them can give you the anonymity and security you need to take advantage of Usenet without fear.

If you already have a good idea about which of these VPNs you want, the list below will take you directly to the correct review. If not, keep reading to learn more about each of the five Usenet VPNs.

Best VPNs for Usenet: Summary

Usenet VPN FAQs

VPN Logging

A key to protecting your privacy when using Usenet is to do so through a VPN that keeps no logs. Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) surely logs everything you do, and everywhere you go when you are online. A VPN prevents your ISP from seeing those details. However, the VPN does have access to this information.That’s why all the VPNs listed here are “no logs” VPNs.

A “no logs” VPN is one that doesn’t keep records of where you go and what you do online. Because the VPNs we have listed here are professional organizations that are in the business of protecting your privacy, we believe you can trust them. However, the subject of VPN logging can get much more complicated than this. If you would like a detailed explanation of this topic, this post offers a full explanation.

NZB Site Access

The main use of Usenet these days appears to be uploading and downloading NZB files (Usenet equivalent of torrent files). But many ISPs remove NZB sites from their Domain Name Service (DNS) servers. This blocks NZB site access by preventing your web browser from finding the address of the NZB files. A VPN easily gets you around this problem by using its own DNS servers. Your web browser should be able to find the address you need for NZB site access there. Further, since all communication between the DNS and your computer is encrypted, your ISP has no way of even knowing you are interested in NZB sites.

Best Usenet VPN: Conclusion

Whatever you like to do on Usenet, there is no reason what you do there shouldn’t be kept private. A no logs VPN makes that possible. And if you choose to download copyrighted information from NZB sites on Usenet, you absolutely need a super-secure VPN to protect yourself from getting in trouble.

Using Usenet without a VPN puts you at risk. Each of the VPNs we discuss in this 5 Best VPNs for Usenet guide has a no-logs policy that goes a long way toward mitigating that risk. Since their business depends on protecting your privacy, you can count on them to do so to the limits of their ability. In addition to their no-logs policies, several of these services have additional security and privacy features built in to give you extra protection (such as a killswitch).

Bill Mann
May 21st, 2018

Bill is a freelance tech writer. After a career in the USA doing everything from building military flight simulators to building documentation departments for startups, he became a fulltime technology writer. With more than a dozen printed books and hundreds of published articles to his credit, Bill now lives and works in the Andes mountains in Southern Ecuador.

2 responses to “5 Best VPNs for Usenet

  1. Bill says:

    If someone uses an NZB file to download files from a Usenet server, they still have to log in to the usenet server first, correct? In that case, the usenet provider still has a record of who logged in, and could track what they downloaded. What good would a VPN be in that case?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Bill,

      Using a VPN will hide your real IP address from your Usenet provider. If you wish to hide your identity completely, then you need to use a fake name and some way to pay for the service anonymously so that there is nothing that can be traced back to you. To this end, some Usenet providers (such a Pure Usenet and XLned) accept payment in Bitcoin.

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