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    SSL Encryption

    This is a discussion on SSL Encryption within the Sky Broadband help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; im not very technical so i'll apologise in advance for some of the wording in this Sorry, here goes With ...

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      SSL Encryption

      im not very technical so i'll apologise in advance for some of the wording in this Sorry, here goes

      With sky being one of the companies that will be monitoring that ur downloading i decided to cancel my Usenet subscription because i was worried that i might get a letter about the stuff i download, when i cancelled my account (giganews) i told them why and they got back to me and told me i could take a dearer package (by 5$) with SSL Encryption and said that no1 would be able to see what im downloading.

      Now as I've said im not to technical and i don't know how they scan what ur downloading or anything like that and i don't even know what SSL Encryption is anyone able to put some light on the subject for me?


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      Re: SSL Encryption

      SSL Encryption, properly implemented ensures that traffic between your computer and the remote server is completely indecipherable to any other party (including your ISP) that tries to "listen in". Your usenet client needs to be SSL compatible. Most are and set up is usually only selecting SSL, putting in the SSL server address and changing the port to 443 or sometimes 563.

      It seems a bit cheeky for Giganews to charge extra for an SSL connection. If I were you I'd consider using another service. Astranews for example offers SSL at no extra charge, offers similar retention and speeds to Giganews - and is cheaper. Their PAYGo is particularly good value.

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      Re: SSL Encryption

      i'll take a look.

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      Re: SSL Encryption

      Eh?

      I thought that Sky were *not* going to be monitoring what you download...

      Sky And The BPI Announcement - Official Statement

      They just act on what the copyright holders tell them.


      And even non-SSL usenet "stuff" should still be a lot safer I think than using P2P... you are only downloading, not uploading, & certainly not potentially uploading to someone who actually works for the copyright holders.

     

     

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