Giganews Introduces Two VyprVPN Security Options

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 5, 2011

You know that I'm a pretty happy Giganews customer, never had problems with their Usenet service and everything has been top notch ever since I signed up for my first account back in 2005. That's 17 Terabytes of data ago. Giganews has improved and expanded their Usenet service ever since, better retention, faster servers, the Memo usenet client that Giganews customers can use free of charge and VyprVPN, the free virtual private networking service for Giganews Diamond users.

I currently pay $29.99 for my monthly Diamond account. This payment includes unlimited access to the VPN which is very handy for me, as I need access to a VPN anyway. I use it for instance to watch videos on Hulu or listen to Pandora music. It basically allows me to use services in the United States that are only open to US-users.

I have received an email today from Giganews that states they have added to security options, or modules, to their VPN service. Both cost an extra $5 per month but may be very well worth it. The VPN in its core state can be configured to use L2TP/IPsec or PPTP connections.

The first module adds Open VPN support to the mix. The main benefits of the standard according to Giganews are:

  • SSL/TLS encryption standard - the same standard used by secure e-commerce sites
  • 256-bit encryption - same strength used by financial institutions
  • Consistent speeds over long-distance networks between countries and continents.
  • Extremely stable and fast over wireless networks, including Wi-Fi, cellular and wireless ISPs.
  • More easily passes through NAT configurations (e.g. wireless routers) and corporate firewalls (traversing)
  • Less CPU usage resulting in faster speeds and less latency.

Open VPN promises faster speeds, better latency and a more reliable connection.

The second option is a NAT Firewall which can be added for $5 as well. This is basically a packet filter that blocks inbound connections before they are able to access the PC. The core benefits are that it does not use PC resources (like a software firewall would) and that it blocks attempts to scan or attack the PC and other connected devices.

The two new security modules improve the VyprVPN service further. Open VPN can be an interesting option for users who want to improve the speed and reliability of their VPN connection, the NAT Firewall for users who want to add another virtual security layer.

VyprVPN customers who order both packages get a 20% discount so that they only pay $8 per month for both services.

Giganews is currently running a promotion for their Diamond accounts (which include VyprVPN free of charge). Users who sign up for a free trial pay $14.99 in the first month and a locked $29.99 afterwards. Customers who sign up after March 31 will have to pay $34.99 for the account per month.


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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