Valentine’s Day Usenet Promotions

Why not get yourself or someone you love the gift of Usenet for Valentine’s Day? That’s the question that some top Usenet providers are asking this year. We’re excited to share a number of great promotions. All of the deals are live so you can enjoy some of the best prices of the year without waiting for Black Friday to roll around. Let’s take a closer look at Valentine’s promos from Newshosting, UseNetServer, Eweka, and TweakNews.

#1 – UseNetServer Valentine’s Day Promo

UseNetServer Valentine's Promo

UseNetServer is arguably the best value in Usenet for those who use a third-party browser like SABnzbd or NZBGet. While the service lacks it’s own newsgroup reader, you can still use the UNS global search feature to find you favorite content. During the Valentine’s promotion you can sign up for a full year of unlimited Usenet + VPN for just $4.99 a month. That’s a savings of 75% off the regular price.

#2 – Newshosting Valentine’s Day Sale

Newshosting Valentine's Sale

Let’s continue with our favorite Usenet provider. The team at Newshosting is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a sweet deal on their popular Usenet service. New members can enjoy 62% off unlimited Usenet with free zero-log VPN access. Pay just $7.50 a month for a full year of access. That’s a 62% savings off the retail price.

#3 – Eweka Valentine’s Day Special

Eweka Valentine's Special

Eweka offers the highest retention of any Dutch Usenet service. Their retention rivals Newshosting and is well above other European competitors. The download speeds are hard to beat as well. You won’t have access to a custom newsreader but assuming you have a favorite already, you can enjoy unlimited Usenet with speeds up to 300 Mbps for just €6.50 a month during the Eweka Valentine’s Day promotion.

#4 – TweakNews Valentine’s Day Deal

TweakNews Valentine's Deal

If you’re looking for a great Usenet service in Europe then TweakNews is a solid choice. Members have access to their Usenet client software with built-in search. You can also add VPN to any monthly plan or get free VPN with the Valentine’s offer. Enjoy unlimited Usenet + VPN for just €6.99 a month during the Valentine’s sale.

2018 Black Friday Usenet Deals & Holiday Specials

Here’s a quick look at our list of Black Friday Usenet deals.

  1. Newshosting – $50 a year (with free client + VPN) for life
  2. UseNetServer – $47.40 a year (with free VPN) for life
  3. TweakNews – €60,00 a year with client + VPN
  4. Eweka – €60,00 a year with free newsreader
  5. Easynews – $9.99 a month for 3 months for Big Gig plan
  6. ThunderNews – $45 a year with VPN
  7. theCubeNet – $4.25 a month or $42.99 a year
  8. NewsDemon – deals start Friday at 7am EST
  9. Usenet Farm – €3.98 a month for up to 3 TB
  10. Newsgroup Ninja – $39.99 a year
  11. Pure Usenet – $39.99 a year
  12. XS News – €5,99 a month for Elite plan
  13. XS Usenet – €45 a year with 1100 days retention
  14. FastUsenet – $5.95 a month with GrabIt newsreader
  15. UsenetBacket – 30% off 12 months of basic, comfort, or ultimate bucket
  16. SunnyUsenet – €35 a year on Base IP backbone
  17. Usenet.Today – $1 for the first month and then full price

Need a black Usenet account? Here are some good Black Friday block deals:

  1. BlockNews – 500 GB block from $1 to $20 (starts at 11 PM EST Nov. 22nd
  2. Usenet.Farm – 500 GB block for €10.50
  3. ThunderNews – 500 GB block for $15

Looking for a Usenet provider that accepts bitcoin? If so we recommend theCubeNet, BlockNews, Usenet.Farm, and SunnyUsenet.

Bonus: best VPN deals of the year

It’s almost time to launch the Black Friday Usenet deals again this year.  Last time around was a lot of fun and we plan to cover all the Black Friday / Cyber Monday / Holiday newsgroup specials right here again this year.  Enjoy some of the best deals of 2018 courtesy of top Usenet providers.  We’ll have some great holiday specials along with a few surprises.  Make sure to keep an eye on this post mid-week as we plan to get the Black Friday deals rolling a little early this time around.  From what we’ve heard so far this year will be fun as always.

Black Friday Usenet Deals

We will start from the top and cover the top 10 Black Friday / Holiday Usenet deals of 2018.  Like most merchants, a number of Usenet providers like to keep their Black Friday promotions secret until they launch.  The details for some will start to materialize closer to Thanksgiving Day.  No worries though as we plan to carry all the promotions.  Our list of deals will be updated as Black Friday draws closer so please check back for the best deals of 2018.  Click on any provider below or visit the Newsgroup Reviews home page for more info.

1.  Newshosting – $50 a year (with free client + VPN) for life

Newshosting is offering unlimited Usenet, a free newsreader with built-in search, 30 connections and SSL for just $50 a year with free VPN access.  Read our Newshosting review for details.

2.  UseNetServer – $47.40 a year (with free VPN) for life

UNS offers high retention, free SSL and Usenet search for $47.40 a year with free VPN access. This is the best dal for experiences users. Read our UNS review to learn more about the service.

3. Easynews – Big Gig access for $9.99 a month for 3 months

Easynews is offering 150 GB of web Usenet + unlimited NNTP Usenet access along with high binary retention and 20 SSL connections from $9.99 a month. Read our Easynews review to learn more.

4. Eweka – €5,00 unlimited Usenet access

Eweka is offering unlimited newsgroup downloads at 50 Mbit for €5,00 a month. With a free upgrade to 100 Mbit if you top off 90 days of credit. Read our Eweka review to learn more.

5.  TweakNews – €9,99/mo. or €89 a year (with client + VPN) for life

TweakNews special includes unlimited Usenet with free newsreader and VPN access for just €9,99 a month or €89 a year.  Read our TweakNews review for more details.

6.  Supernews – $9.99/mo. or $99 a year unlimited Usenet

Supernews is offering $9.99 a month / $99 a year unlimited Usenet access with 20 connections, SSL  and good binary retention.  Read our Supernews review for more details.

7.  NewsDemon – $10 unlimited Usenet for life

NewsDemon offers unlimited newsgroup access along with a newsreader, SSL and 50 connections for just $10 a month.  Read our NewsDemon review to learn more.

8.  ThunderNews – $10.49 unlimited Usenet for life

ThunderNews includes unlimited Usenet access with secure (SSL) encryption, 50 connections and a free newsreader for $10.49 a month.  Read our ThunderNews review to learn more.

9.  NewsLeecher – $9.49 unlimited Usenet access

NewsLeecher offers unlimited access to newsgroups along with free SSL encryption and 30 connections. for just $9.49 a month.  Read our NewsLeecher Usenet review for more details.

10.  UseNetNow – $10.39 unlimited Usenet access

UseNetNow offers NGR visitors unlimited Usenet downloads along with free SSL encryption and 50 connections. for just $10.39 a month.  Read our UseNetNow review for more details.

A sincere thank you to all the Usenet providers offering holiday specials.  We  appreciate your efforts and consideration in making the deals available.  To our NGR visitors we hope you enjoy the Black Friday / holiday Usenet deals.  Save some money and enjoy the best premium newsgroup access!

Newshosting Black Friday 2018 Discount

The Newshosting team just launched the latest Black Friday / Cyber Monday Usenet deal. The Newshosting sale consists of 12 months of unlimited Usenet and VPN for $50. That works out to just $4.17 a month. Best of all, the Newshosting Black Friday deal is recurring so you can enjoy unlimited downloads, 60 connections, over 10 years of binary retention, Newshosting browser and VPN service for just $4.17 a month for life!

Newshosting Black Friday dal

The Newshosting Black Friday deal is a limited time offer so you will want to sign up soon to take advantage of the offer. Please note that you will not need any coupon code. The discount is automatically applied. Simply click on the image above to visit Newshosting and sign up for the annual plan which includes all the bells and whistles. At a 79% discount, this is the best price we’ve ever seen Newshosting offer on unlimited Usenet with free VPN access. The VPN alone is worth $5 to $10 a month.

As our top ranked Usenet provider, Newshosting has a lot to offer. They have NNTP servers in the United States, The Netherlands, and Germany. Pro tip: set up multiple server locations to get the best performance and completion across the entire Newshosting network. You will want to give the server closest to you the highest priority to achieve the fastest download speeds. You will find that Newshosting can sustain very high download speeds in the US and Europe. Use the minimum number of connections necessary to max out your connection.

Visit Newshosting during their Black Friday sale to save 79% off unlimited Usenet and VPN access. Enjoy the best Newshosting has to offer for just $4.17 a month for life!

Read our Newshosting review to learn more about the service and follow us @NewsgroupRevs for the latest Usenet news and deals.

Labor Day Usenet Deals : 79% Off Unlimited Usenet

Summer is winding down the Labor Day holiday weekend is upon us.  Giving Usenet fans a great opportunity to save big on newsgroup access.  Including up to 80% off unlimited newsgroup access.  Leading Usenet providers like Newshosting, UseNetServer,  Easynews, Giganews, and Supernews are offering some excellent promotions.  With prices as low as $3.95 a month for unlimited Usenet and VPN access!

Newshosting Labor Day Deal

Take full advantage of the Labor Day holiday.  Enjoy the beginning of the college football season, barbeques and perhaps even a few cold ones with friends, responsibly of course.  Then when you’re partied out come back and enjoy your new Usenet account.  All of the Labor Day Usenet deals listed below are lifetime offers and include unlimited access to newsgroups.  Some even include extras like newsreaders, search and online storage.

#1 – Newshosting – Unlimited Usenet + Client for $7.00/mo. or $49/yr.

Take advantage of Newshosting‘s special promotion which includes unlimited Usenet access and free access to their Usenet client for just $7.00 a month or $49 a year.  Expect the very best from Newshosting.  High retention, excellent performance, spot on reliability and the Newshosting newsreader with built-in search engine.  All for just $7.00 a month or $49 a year.  The annual plan also includes free VPN access which is a $5/mo. value. Visit our NGR Newshosting special page to save up to 79% off Newshosting unlimited Usenet access.

#2 – UseNetServer – Unlimited Usenet + Search + VPN for $47/yr.

The UseNetServer (UNS $47 yearly Usenet specials is an amazing deal.   UNS comes close to topping our list of the best Usenet providers for a number of reasons.  The service offers high retention, UNS Global Usenet search feature, speed, reliability and everything else you expect from a leading newsgroup service.  You can add free VPN to the mix when you sign up for their annual promotion. The price is just $3.95 a month.  Visit our NGR UseNetServer special page to save up to 80% off UNS unlimited Usenet access.

#3 – Easynews – Unlimited NNTP Usenet Access for $9.99

The Easynews NNTP special includes $9.99 unlimited NNTP + 150 GB of web Usenet access a month.  While Easynews is best known for their popular web Usenet interface, they also offer excellent NNTP servers.  Featuring unlimited Usenet downloads plus a taste of their easy to use web interface.  All for just $9.99 a month.  Sign up via our NGR Easynews special page and enjoy 50% off your first 3 months of their Big Gig plan.

#4 – Giganews – Unlimited Usenet + Client + Search for $10.99

The Giganews special includes unlimited Usenet downloads and access to their VyprVPN client with built-in Usenet search engine.  Along with free unlimited access to VyprVPN for $10.99 a month. for the first month  The Giganews service is top notch, offering high retention, uncapped speeds and free features (Usenet client and search).  All for just $10.99 the first month and then $21.99 a month.  Visit our NGR Giganews special page to save 50% off unlimited Usenet.

#5 – Supernews – Unlimited Usenet for $9.99/mo. or $99/yr.

The Supernews $9.99 special is gives you unlimited access to their Usenet servers in the United States and Europe.  It started with a focus on value at a time when the economy was in the crapper.  Even though that part has changed. Supernews continues to offer unlimited Usenet access for $9.99 a month or $99 a year.  Which is a great value.  If extra features (newsreader, search, VPN) aren’t that important then visit our NGR Supernews special page and save 31% off Supernews.

As always stay up to date on all the latest promotions via the Usenet specials section of NewsgroupReviews.  Please also consider following us (@NewsgroupRevs) on Twitter.  Enjoy your Labor Day festivities!

Eweka King’s Day Special

The team at Eweka is celebrating King’s Day with a special discount. The offer includes a 7-day free trial with unlimited Usenet access, download speeds of 300 Mbps, 256-bit SSL connections, and over 3,535 days of binary retention. That’s almost 10 years of binaries from a leading Usenet provider in the Netherlands. Best of all, the price of a subscription during the King’s Day promotion is just €5 a month. That’s a savings of 48% off the full retail price. Visit the Eweka King’s Day Sale page to take advantage of the offer.

Eweka King's Day Sale

Everyone is eligible for the promotion. Even if you live in the United States and aren’t sure what King’s Day is all about. You can still sign up for the savings. As the image above mentions, new membes save 48% off for life. That means you can enjoy unlimited Usenet access from just €5 a month as long as you keep the account active. The price is based on a annual subscription which works out to €60 a year. You will be hard pressed to find a better deal anywhere, not to mention from a leading Dutch Usenet provider.

Eweka offers the best of both worlds. You get fast newsgroup downloads with speeds up to 300 Mbps coupled with 256-bit SSL encryption for those who want secure connections. Eweka’s binary retention is the highest in the region and right in line with leading US providers. You can download a free copy of Newzlazer newsreader to find and download your favorite newsgroup content. The only option missing is a VPN for those who want the extra privacy protection. You won’t need it for Usenet but we highly recommend using a VPN for other online activities. All in all the Eweka King’s Day sale is one of the best deals we’ve seen so far this year.

Newshosting Holiday Promotion

As we near closer to Christmas and New Year’s the team at Newshosting is giving everyone a gift.  They are giving all new members a chance to save 64% off and get 2 free months when you sign up for the deeply discounted annual plan.  That means you can enjoy unlimited Usenet + VPN access through the holidays and well beyond for just $7.14 if you sign up for the Newshosting Unlimited plan during the sale. The Newshosting Holiday Promotion is live so you can save now.

Newshosting Holiday Promotion

If you’re not currently using Newshosting then I strongly suggest you sign up for an account to see just how much they have to offer.  Even before the Christmas promotion Newshosting was the best value in Usenet.  Now they’ve stepped up their game including 2 free months of Usenet and privacy protection with the VPN. The VPN access alone is worth more than the price you’ll pay for Usenet and VPN combined.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the Newshosting holiday special:

  • Unlimited Usenet + VPN – $99,99 or 14 months which is just $7.14 a month.

As you can see the price of the holiday special is just $7.14 which is 64% below the retail price.  Those who sign up for the annual plan will enjoy a 2 free months of service. Pay just $99.99 for 14 months of unlimited Usenet access and receive full access to their network of 70 VPN servers across 17 countries free of charge.  That’s the best Usenet / VPN combo deal around.

On the Usenet side Newshosting was already the top listed Usenet service on our site.  They offer a lot of value with the free Newshosting Usenet client.  The new VPN offer sweetens the pot even more.  Newshosting offers over 3,400 days of binary retention and growing.  Along with NNTP servers in the United States and Europe.  You can use up to 30 connections but you won’t need that many.  Free 256-bit SSL will help secure your Usenet connections and using the VPN will help protect your privacy for other online activities.

Read our Newshosting review to learn more or sign up for the Newshosting Holiday Promotion and enjoy!

Easynews Black Friday Promotion

The Easynews team is jumping into the holiday season and getting our Black Friday Usenet deals started today. It’s one of the best deals we’ve ever seen from Easynews over the last 10 years. During their Black Friday special you can sign up for Easynews Big Gig plan for just $9.99 a month for the first 3 months. That’s 67% off the regular price of $29.94 a month. The Big Gig plan gives you 150 GB of web Usenet along with unlimited NNTP downloads. The plan also comes with free unlimited VPN service which makes it an even better value.

Easynews Black Friday promo

Those new to Usenet will find Easynews web interface to be the easiest way to get started.  You can browse over 3,000 days of binary retention through your web browser.  The web interface makes it easy to search for content, view images, preview and download from your favorite newsgroups.  This is all done without any software.  If you want to go beyond 150 GB of downloads a month, you can fire up your favorite newsreader and connect to their NNTP servers in the US or Europe for unlimited Usenet access.

Confused by web vs. NNTP retention?  If so here’s a quick explanation:

  • The web interface and web retention are unique to Easynews.  A great choice for those new to Usenet who don’t want to mess with installing a client.  Use the web interface to search for content, preview, stream and download.  Easynews also supports iOS and Android.  Big Gig members get 150 GB of web access.
  • NNTP retention uses newsgroup software like SABnzbd or NZBGet to browse and download from Usenet.  Easynews includes NNTP access with all their plans including unlimited NNTP with the Big Gig plan.

Cheers to the Easynews team as they spread the love this holiday season to bring in new Usenet fans.  With increased web retention and other enhancements, they continue to expand the service.  Remember to sign up during the Black Friday promotion to save 67% off the first 3 months of Easynews Big Gig.

Visit Newsgroup Reviews to learn more about Usenet and follow us @NewsgroupRevs for the latest news.

UsenetBucket Reduces Max Connections

The UsenetBucket team recently reduced the number of maximum connections allowed with each plan. We understand that they may have switched backend providers which led to the change. While you can expect to achieve the same speeds from less connections, current UsenetBucket members are seeing “too many connections” errors while using the service. Of course the reason is the reduction in max connections. To fix the issue you simply need to reduce the number of connections set in your newsreader.

Usenet Bucket

Here’s a look at the updated connections for each UsenetBucket plan:

  • Basic Bucket – 10 connections (previously 25)
  • Comfort Bucket – 10 connections (previously 25)
  • Ultimate Bucket – 25 connections (previously 50)

The advertised speed cap for each plan has not changed. The backend provider simply allows more throughput per connection. You can select between buckets based on your speed needs.

  • Basic Bucket – 10 Mbit for € 2,95 a month
  • Comfort Bucket – 40 Mbit for € 4,95 a month
  • Ultimate Bucket – 400 Mbit for € 12,95 a month

Regardless of which plan you select, UsenetBucket members have unlimited access to 1,600 days of binary retention with SSL support. The only limiting factor is the number of connections and cap on download speeds. As you can see above, the prices vary quite a bit based on the speed cap. It’s hard to beat the value of the comfort bucket if 40 Mbit speeds are fast enough. We recommend the basic bucket or comfort bucket as a backup / fill server along with one of our top Usenet providers for the best experience. This will give you fast Usenet access with higher retention along with the advantages of UsenetBucket at a very reasonable price.

UsenetExpress Launches New Tier-1 Usenet Service

A new Usenet provider by the name of UsenetExpress launched earlier today. It is the first tier-1 Usenet provider to jump into the industry in a very long time. The founder of UsenetExpress is no rookie to the Usenet biz. Earlier today he shared his past history on the site’s blog. He founded a Usenet company in the early 2000s that gained popularity before he sold it in 2006. It has continued to grow into one of the most popular Usenet providers in the world. Back to UsenetExpress, their team is launching the new service to compete with the small number of tier-1 Usenet providers on the market. Time will tell whether or not their strategy will be a success, but in the meantime they are looking for some Usenet enthusiasts to help test the new service. The UsenetExpress team is offering a free month of service to users who help them stress test the service.


If you would like to help test the new UseneExpress service, their team has kindly shared a coupon code with us that will give you a free month of Usenet access. We want to note that you will need to sign up for an account and provide payment information to receive the free month of access. If you do not cancel your account during the first 30 days it will bill at their normal rate of $10 a month. Even so, the promotion is a great chance to test out a new tier-1 Usenet network free of charge. To do so you will want to visit their site and click on the blue Signup Now button. On the pricing screen that follows you will want to select the $10 monthly plan. At this point you can enter the coupon code goldenticket to receive the first month free. As of the time of our post there is no field for the code. Instead you can simply type goldenticket without clicking on anything else. As soon as you hit the last letter the screen will present you with a message stating the code is confirmed as shown below.

UsenetExpress goldenticket

Now that the coupon code is active, you can simply scroll down and enter an email address. From there you will choose between a number of payment methods. Regardless of which one you select, a message stating that “your coupon will be applied on the payment page.” will be presented. Then the payment page will show a message that let’s you know the subscription terms which include free service for the first month, then $10 for each month. Give UsenetExpress a test drive and let their team know what you think. As always we’re also interested in your impressions. Hit us up on Twitter and share your thoughts on the new Usenet service.

Does Astraweb Store Passwords in Plain Text?

Earlier this week a concerned Astraweb member posted on Reddit to warn others that Astraweb is storing passwords in plain text. He included an email from Astraweb that included the username and password for all three accounts that were tied to his email address. What’s wrong with that? For starters no one should hold you’re password in plain text anymore. You may have noticed that when you forget your password and request help that most companies reply with a link to reset your password. Instead Astraweb replied with every username and password tied to the user’s email address. By storing passwords in plain text Astraweb is putting members at risk. This is especially true for those who reuse the same password on other websites.


There are a number of steps you can take to help protect your online accounts. The first is to use a different password for each account. Long gone are the days of using a single password and keeping it on a post-it note under your keyboard. You would think that practice ended long ago but I recently visited a company that specializes in website development and watched the office manager refer to a post-it note to log into a customer’s project. They proceeded to refer to the same note to log into other customer’s projects. Needless to say that didn’t leave a good impression. Most of us do a better job now a days but there is still plenty of room for improvement. Make sure you use strong passwords and never reuse them. You can use a free password manager like KeePass to help keep track of all your passwords.

The next step is to use multi-factor authentication whenever possible. You may already use two factor authentication to log into work while traveling or for financial institutions. The use of two-factor authentication has grown to include a lot of popular mainstream websites including Facebook, Twitter, Google, Amazon and many more. Most of them use a software token like Google Authenticator. How does it work? You simply install the Google Authenticator app on your iOS or Android device and use it to log into your favorite sites. This keeps anyone from accessing your account. They would need both your password and the rotating code that is presented on your device at the time of login. This is far more secure than just using a password.

There are a number of other steps you can take to help protect your identity online. If you don’t already use a VPN service then we suggest researching them and adding one to help protect your privacy. This is especially true for those who use public wifi networks. Whether you enjoy grabbing a cup of coffee while browsing the Internet or traveling, a VPN is a must. It’s way too easy to log into wifi at a restaurant or hotel and not realize you’re communications aren’t protected. You can take of this by logging into a VPN before using public wifi. A good VPN will also help you avoid censorship and geo restrictions. It’s not necessary for downloading from Usenet. Most providers offer SSL encryption which we recommend enabling in your newsreader.