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Thread: Usenet and SSL

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    Hi.

    I'm thinking of going on that 25GB/mo plan from Gigabews, but just wondering is Usenet safe without SSL? Is SSL worth the extra 2.50 or so? I'd rather not pay the extra for it but abit worried that its risky without it?


    Thanks
    Willz.

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    I too would like to know this. I just signed up for giganews silver and opted to not have ssl for an extra $5. Not really bothered about the 20 connections but its the ssl part that's got me thinking.

    ta

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    SSL allows better connection if your ports are throttled by your ISP. some ISP's packet sniff to see what has been downloaded by its users etc, however this would be quite rare, but with SSL it would stop anyone from seeing the downloaded information apart from the usenet provider if they chose too.

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    Thanks for the info, I decided to go for the 20GB limit package with SSL and 20 connections from Newsdemon, having some problems though, Posted in another thread, speeds were fine though, maxing my SLOW line at 320kb/sec

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    Quote Originally Posted by djkemp1 View Post
    SSL allows better connection if your ports are throttled by your ISP. some ISP's packet sniff to see what has been downloaded by its users etc, however this would be quite rare, but with SSL it would stop anyone from seeing the downloaded information apart from the usenet provider if they chose too.
    so apart from isp throttling, is there anything else? So far i'm maxing out my connection, how long that lasts i dunno. i may just opt for it just in case. thanks.

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    apart from the isp throttling because its a secure connection it means that no one apart from the usenet provider has access to what is d/l etc as far as i know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrambler View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by djkemp1 View Post
    SSL allows better connection if your ports are throttled by your ISP. some ISP's packet sniff to see what has been downloaded by its users etc, however this would be quite rare, but with SSL it would stop anyone from seeing the downloaded information apart from the usenet provider if they chose too.
    so apart from isp throttling, is there anything else? So far i'm maxing out my connection, how long that lasts i dunno. i may just opt for it just in case. thanks.
    In all practicality, other than getting around ISP throttling SSL is pointless.
    Monitoring an internet connection is the legal equivalent of wiretapping. As such, it is very illegal without warrants... at least in The States.

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    In short, if you're maxing out your connection already then SSL won't do much except secure that connection.

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    when downloading binaries [unsure about headers etc as i've never downloaded them]....arn't they encrypted anyway? I don't know too much about usenet so please correct me, but grabit for example decodes everything afterwards. And also i've read its safer than torrents. So with added SSL, its only my own isp and giganews who will know what i download, right?

    Is SSL just something that doesnt add much in regards to usenet?

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    its only my own isp and giganews who will know what i download, right
    correct, but if you have SSL then its only giganews etc that would have access to what you download

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