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We recently put out a post on how Usenet works as a BitTorrent substitute. Here now are some details on comparing BitTorrent and Usenet VPN file sharing.
BitTorrent Versus Usenet VPN File Sharing
In our earlier article, we established that Usenet and BitTorrent function differently. But they give users basically the same results. But there are still a few points that you may want to consider. Before making a choice between the two, think about security, speed, usability, file access, data allowance and cost.
Usenet providers are considered secure because they encrypt their server-to-user connections. This means that the traffic that passes between you and the Usenet cannot be seen by third parties. It is the same with VPN file sharing. No one can see what you are downloading unless the connection is broken. The possibility of the Usenet link or VPN disconnecting will depend on the quality of the provider. There are also tools that can prevent your Usenet VPN traffic from being detected in case the connection cuts out. But you can also always have a Usenet VPN also for added connection security.
BitTorrent is the winner when it comes to access to files. The library is huge and most files stay there forever. If they are taken down, uploaders usually get them back up very quickly. On Usenet, there is a limit on how long a file is available. You could always wait or ask for it to be uploaded again. But there’s no telling how long it will take or if you will get a positive response. Usenet is getting better with retention times, but it is still not close to BitTorrent. Very old or rare content is also more available on BitTorrent. It will usually take longer to download, but at least it’s there. Moreover, if you have a VPN, you will be able to access a greater number of databases for the files you want. This is because you can search from any country you want depending on the VPN package you choose.
Usenet has a clear advantage when it comes to speed. There is no rerouting like what you get with a VPN. The rerouting eats some of your bandwidth while on Usenet you don’t suffer from this. BitTorrent can also be slower because it is affected by seeders and leechers. What you will find takes time is getting the files you need. Usenet is a very old technology that can be cumbersome to find your way around. If you are familiar with using indexing sites for PAR and NZB files, however, it is quite easy to use. BitTorrent remains super user friendly.
A Usenet account will cost about USD 10 per month. BitTorrent with a VPN can be half the price. The difference here is what limitations your VPN has. For a VPN that costs about the same, you get a ton of advantages. First, 10-dollar Usenet subscriptions come with data limits. A 10-dollar VPN like ExpressVPN for instance will not cap your data usage. BitTorrent does not impose limitations either. If you are really concerned about security and privacy, you can try a Usenet VPN on top of your Usenet subscription. Since unlimited Usenet data plans are very costly, the Usenet VPN combination will still be cheaper. And you get all the other advantages of the VPN package you signed up for.
The different VPN packages have different features. Some limit the number of servers you can use. Others do not give you very good speeds. And others will offer only PPTP or other unsecure protocols. For file sharing, you will need to consider a VPN that will allow you to use many servers and switch between them as often as you want. Your VPN should also be fast and easy to use. For security, you will want an OpenVPN connection. Paying in advance can also give you big discounts, so check on this. ExpressVPN is one of the leading providers that offers all these benefits on their personal VPN package.
If file sharing is not your only online activity, as it must be for most users, a VPN is a clear winner. Whether you want a BitTorrent VPN or a Usenet VPN, a VPN is still a good idea. The VPN will secure all your traffic, not just your downloads. So if you shop and bank online or want to keep your general activities private, or need to access content that you can’t from your location, you will need a VPN anyway.