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Usenet-Related Terms

We've listed some of the more common Usenet terms below to help you get started on your Usenet adventure. Some of these terms will be familiar, but may have slightly different meanings or additional nuance when applied to Usenet and its advantages. Enjoy!



  • 256-Bit: 256-Bit is the key size for the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-256) cipher. AES is a cryptography encryption standard adopted by the U.S. government. (See Encryption & SSL)
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  • Adult: Typically refers to adult content such as pornography.
  • Adware: Advertising-supported software applications that automatically downloads, plays or displays advertisements to a computer after the software is installed on it or while the application is being used. Some types of adware are also spyware and can be classified as privacy-invasive software.
  • Alt.* hierarchy: A major newsgroup category that is a catch-all for miscellaneous subjects and content. In this category you will find most of your adult content.
  • Anonymous: With SSL encryption and the sheer volume of activity on Usenet it is very hard to identify the identity the source of a document or downloader, but it is not impossible. Most Usenet Service Providers have policies that allow the owners of copyright materials to request this information to be pulled off the servers but the Service Provider is not required to disclose the source of the material unless required to do so by law.
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  • Bandwidth: The rate of data transfer, throughput or bit rate, measured in bits per second.
  • Binary Content: Any other kind of data other than text that is in a sequence of bytes with the purpose of being interpreted as something other than text characters.
  • Binaries: A term used by programmers to describe compiled applications or object files.
  • Bitmap: An array or map of bits that is in an image file format or type of memory organization used for the purpose of storing digital images.
  • Bits: Binary digits.
  • Block: A type of Usenet account where you pay for an allocation of binary content measured in gigabytes with no time limit on when this can be used. (See Metered & Unlimited).
  • Bytes: A group of 8 bits.
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  • Censored: Typically refers to the asserting of control over speech and other forms of human expression. On Usenet most content is uncensored except for child pornography.
  • Community: The virtual gathering of people online who share common interests.
  • Comp.* hierarchy: Discussion of computer-related topics.
  • Completion: The percentage rate that the file you selected will download to fully. Most reputable Usenet Service Providers have completion rates in the 98-99.9% range.
  • Connections: The number of connections you have on Usenet defines how many simultaneous downloads you can have running at one time.
  • Content: Text or Binary files that you can download off Usenet.
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  • Data Center: A system containing multiple computer servers that include back-up servers capable of taking over if the primary server experiences a failure. Other terms for a data center include server farm or server cluster.
  • Discussions: Communications shared between people on topics on Usenet.
  • Download: A text or binary file that is available for receipt or has been received by a remote system, peer or server
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  • Encryption: The process of using an algorithm called a cipher to transform information into an unreadable format to anyone who does not have the key to decode this. The encrypted information is known as ciphertext. On Usenet, SSL Encryption provides users with secure connectivity to protect your user name and passwords, your identity, and the content you transfer and store using their servers. (See 256-bit and SSL)
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  • File Hosting: A site that hosts static content, typically large files that are not web pages.
  • Files: Text or Binary content that you can download off Usenet.
  • Filesharing: The distribution of digital information typically using some form of peer-to-peer (P2P) networking protocol, or even better, Usenet.
  • Firewalls: A part of a computer system or network that blocks unauthorized access while permitting outward communication. Based upon a set of rules and other criteria, firewalls are configured to permit, deny, encrypt, decrypt or proxy all computer traffic between different security domains.
  • Forums: An Internet forum, or message board, is a site where people engage in online discussions. The equivalent in Usenet is a text newsgroup.
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  • Gigabyte (GB): A unit of computer memory or data storage capacity equivalent to one billion bytes. The amount of binary storage that is offered by Usenet Service Providers for their metered or block account plans is measured in gigabytes.
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  • Internet Protocol (IP): The numerical address or identification number assigned to your computer that allows for communications between nodes within a computer network. The IP specifies the locations of the source and destination nodes in the routing system and allows for interactions to be tracked on the Internet. If you select a service with SSL encryption this will help to protect your identity on Usenet.
  • IPv4: The original IP address that was originally defined as a 32-bit number (Example: 123.44.888.754).
  • IPv6: The newer 128-bit version of an IP address (Example: 2005:db4:0:6789:0:123:1:1).
  • ISP: Internet Service Provider. Many ISPs offer Usenet as a value-added feature to users but many ISPs also limit ("throttle") bandwidth to NNTP traffic. Usually, buying your service through one of the Usenet service providers we rate on this site is a better bet, but still, check your ISP's bandwidth policies!
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  • Malware: A term derived from the words malicious and software. Malware is software designed to secretly penetrate and damage computer systems and can include adware, crimeware, spyware, Trojan horses, viruses and worms.
  • Message Board: site where people engage in online discussions. (See Forum)
  • Metered: A metered Usenet account is one where you are given a certain amount of content that you are allowed to download over a defined time period. The amount of content is defined using Gigabytes, such as 50 GB. (See Block & Unlimited)
  • Misc.* hierarchy: Miscellaneous discussion—anything which doesn't fit in the other hierarchies.
  • Multi-Server: A system containing multiple computer servers. (See Data Center or Server Farm)
  • Multithreaded: A software program that has been designed to run all the different parts of the program, or threads, simultaneously.
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  • Network: A group of interconnected computers.
  • News.* hierarchy: Discussion of Usenet itself.
  • Newsfeeds: The sharing of content between Usenet servers.
  • Newsgroup: A group of interconnected computers.
  • Newsgroup Servers: A conglomeration of servers which store and forward messages to one another forming the Usenet system.
  • Newsreader: 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. Newsreaders can be stand-alone products or a part of a Web browser or email program.
  • A Usenet indexing website that uses NZB files to facilitate access to desired content.
  • A free Usenet indexing website focused on pornography.
  • NNTP: Network News Transfer Protocol
  • NZB files: An XML-based file format conceived by the developers of 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. (See yEnc and uuEncode)
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  • PAR2: An open source software project initiated to develop a parity file system to verify and recover data that has been lost or corrupted. The term PAR2 is a contraction of the words: parity, archive, volume and set. When you are evaluating newsreaders you will want to make sure to target products that offer PAR2 file repair.
  • Peers: A group of functional units in the same network.
  • Peering: Separate Internet networks that intentionally connect through a Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) to exchange traffic between the customers of each network. The exchanged traffic is settlement-free and each network receives revenue from their respective customers.
  • Platform: Typically refers to what OS you are running on your machine and if this is compatible with the Newsreader you select.
  • Ports: An interface between a computer and the network. In computer networking ports are identified by a port number in the header of the data packet, the IP address it is associated with, and the Internet protocols used for communications such as Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and User Datagram Protocol (UDP). Port numbers map the data to an application-specific or process-specific software.
  • Post: Information that has been shared on a Usenet newsgroup.
  • Posting: Sharing information on a Usenet newsgroup.
  • Privacy: Most private Usenet Service providers do not monitor what you share and view on Usenet, and while they often do keep a log of IP addresses, they typically have a policy of not sharing this information with anyone unless required to do so by law.
  • P2P: Stands for “peer-to-peer” which is the networking technology most commonly used for file sharing among computer users over the Internet. Peer-to-peer networks are highly distributed and robust. They do not rely on a central server for storage, bandwidth or computing power. Pure P2P systems avoid failures by replication of data over multiple peers. P2P download speeds can be negatively impacted by search and transfer traffic even though the load of the files being transferred is distributed between computers trading files.
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  • RapidShare: One of the world's largest “one-click” file-hosting sites with millions of files stored on its servers.
  • RAR files: When evaluating newsreader products you will want to find one that has a RAR file repair feature as this proprietary file format helps to compress and recover data into a single file.
  • Reassembling: The process of combining segments of a file into a complete file. Good newsreaders typically have a feature that does this for you, but it can also be accomplished manually.
  • Readers: Short for newsreaders (See Newsreader).
  • Rec.* hierarchy: Discussion of recreational activities (e.g. games and hobbies).
  • Remote Management: Some newsreaders have a cool remote management feature that let's you access your newsreader virtually from any machine.
  • Retention: The number of days that binary or text content is maintained on a Usenet server based on the terms of your plan or subscription.
  • RSS: Really Simple Syndication. RSS is an XML-based format that facilitates the immediate and automatic distrubtion of content on the Web. RSS feeds are often used for blogs and news sites and can be viewed using RSS reader software.
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  • Sci.* hierarchy: Discussion of scientific subjects.
  • Search: Looking for specific content on Usenet newsgroups.
  • Security: Most Usenet Service Providers provide 256-bit SSL Encryption with some or all of their plans to protect your user name and passwords, your identity, and the content you transfer and store using their servers.
  • Server Farm: A system containing multiple computer servers that include back-up servers capable of taking over if the primary server experiences a failure. Other terms for a server farm include data center or server cluster.
  • Shareware: Copyrighted commercial software that is distributed on a free trial basis with limited functionality.
  • Snooping: The monitoring of activity on Usenet newsgroups.
  • Soc.* hierarchy: Socializing and discussion of social issues.
  • Spam: Unsolicited or undesired electronic messages.
  • Speed: The speed of Usenet depends on a number of factors including the amount and quality of servers of your provider as well as the speed of your Internet connection.
  • SSL: Secure Socket Layer is a cryptographic protocol that provides data integrity and security for communications over the Internet and other networks. Transport Layer Security (TLS) and SSL encrypt the segments of network connections at the transport layer end-to-end. (See 256-bit & Encryption)
  • Stream: A sequence of datapackets used to transmit or receive information that is in transmission.
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  • T1: Digital signal 1 or DS1 is often referred to as T1 or DS-1. T1 is a widely used standard used to transmit voice and data between devices.
  • Talk.* hierarchy: Discussion of controversial issues such as religion and politics.
  • TLS: Transport Layer Security is an advanced cryptographic protocol that provides data integrity and security for communications over the Internet and other networks. TLS and Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encrypt the segments of network connections at the transport layer end-to-end.
  • Topics: The almost unlimited number of subjects that are available on Usenet newsgroups.
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  • Unlimited: An unlimited Usenet account is one where there is no limit to the amount of content that you are allowed to download over a defined time period. (see Metered)
  • Uncensored: On Usenet the term uncensored typically refers to newsgroup content not being monitored, suppressed or deleted due to the material being considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient to the government or other organizations.
  • Uptime: A measure of the time a computer system has been operational over the course of a year. On Usenet the uptime is a great indicator of the reliability and stability of the servers used by each provider.
  • Usenet: Usenet is a decentralized global bulletin board system that allows users to post and receive content and media online.
  • Usenet Servers: The place where newsgroup information is stored on Usenet for access by the P2P network.
  • Usenet Service Provider: A company that provides Usenet newsgroup access to people or institutions. Tier 1 Usenet Service Providers actually own the servers that house the immense amount of data available on Usenet and peer with other Tier 1 providers to provide complete access to all data globally. There are also Usenet Service Providers that are resellers of the Tier 1 Usenet service.
  • uuEncode: Unix-to-Unix encoding that can be used to post binary files to Usenet newsgroups. Uuencode is a form of binary-to-text encoding that originated in the Unix program uuencode that helps to encode binary data for transmission over the uucp mail system. The uudecode program is used to restore the binary file back to its original format. yEnc is not more widely used for posting binary files to Usenet as the encoded message is smaller and can be delivered faster using less storage space.
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  • yEnc: A binary-to-text encoding method used to transfer binary files in messages via email or on Usenet. By using an 8-bit extended ASCII encoding scheme the overhead was reduced from 33-40% when using uuencode to 1-2%. When using yEnc the message body is significantly smaller requiring less storage space and allowing messages to be delivered much faster. Another improved feature of yEnc is the checksum that verifies delivery of the fully intact decoded file. yEnc was created by Jürgen Helbing in 2001.
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