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(also User’s Network)

Usenet definition

Usenet is one of the oldest computer network communication systems. It was created before the World Wide Web (WWW) in 1979 to exchange files and messages through the UUCP protocol. Usenet is similar to an online forum or discussion platform where users can discuss various topics in so-called “newsgroups.” Though it enjoyed popularity in the early 1990s, it is now mainly used to share large files between users.

How Usenet works

  • A user uploads binary files to the newsgroup.
  • The file data gets encoded into multiple text files.
  • Another can search for and download these files.

How to use Usenet

  • Find a provider. You can access Usenet through an internet service provider that offers Usenet servers.
  • Get an indexer. You have the option to replace the default search engine your Usenet provider offers. Many indexers are available and don’t require you to register or pay.
  • Configure your client. Once you’ve chosen a provider, set up your Usenet client (also known as “newsreader”) so you can read the newsgroups and download files.
  • Start using Usenet. Search for the content you want using the indexer. Once you’ve found it, download the .NZB file and upload it to your client. Then, uncompress the file.

Further reading

Ultimate digital security