Question by deej103: How can i use Usenet?
I download my files off of torrents and I have heard that usenet is safer. Im not sure how to even start or wheres the best place to go. Some help would be appreciated.
Answer by Windowphobe
Unless you happen to have one of the few remaining ISPs who offer access to Usenet newsgroups as a freebie, you’re going to have to subscribe to a service; pricing usually depends on the amount of data you pull. (I pay $ 30 a year, but I don’t use that much bandwidth.)
You’ll also need a newsreader. Most of them are free or cheap (up to $ 35). They’ll do the heavy lifting for you. Once connected, you’ll need a list of available groups (about 100,000), which is downloadable from the news server. Some groups are text; some groups are binary. If you’re looking to replace torrents, you’ll probably be more interested in the binary groups.
I have used Forté Agent for the last decade or so. It’s pretty reliable, and they offer their own subscription service on the side at competitive rates.
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