When it comes to browsing the internet and downloading files, security is the absolute priority. But once you’re safe, there’s also some other things to consider, such as convenience, UX, and speed. Here is a comparison between the he two most prominent options you have when downloading content online: Usenet and BitTorrent.
Uncompromised download speed
Usenet is much faster when downloading files than, say, using a VPN with BitTorrent. In fact, it’s a lot faster. This is because Usenet finds and utilises the maximum available bandwidth connection available. Torrents however do not, both because it may not be well-seeded and it may be bottlenecked by the VPN.
Most Usenet providers will have several years of retention. This means that files last a while there, whatever it is that you’re looking to download. Many believe torrents are too, but it’s different. If you want to download something outdated via BitTorrent, then you’re looking at very slow download rates because of the seeder count being low. Whereas Usenet it doesn’t matter. It will download at the same speed whether it was posted yesterday or a few years ago. The only time where download speeds are somewhat comparable is when downloading incredibly popular and recent torrents.
Usenet always remains encrypted no matter what. You’re downloading legitimately with Usenet over a safe harbour of servers over a connection that is encrypted – to a server that doesn’t keep logs!
VPNs, whilst are usually encrypted (though you can never really be sure), they are not as safe. When using BitTorrent, you’re also one of the uploaders. Plus, the VPNs can come disconnected in an instant, which can leavebyou profoundly exposed. It’s also important to look into the file sharing risks associated.
Usenet is extremely convenient, once you’re all set up and running. The only real maintenance is to pay for the bills of the service and indexer(s).
The price is perhaps the only factor where Torrents win. Usually – but not always. If we take Giganews for example, it costs around $15 to $22 per month. Here, you can find out more about Giganews and it’s pricing structure.
Torrents, however, are free. Or rather, if you wish to take some security precautions, which are absolutely recommended, then it would be a standard to use a VPN. VPNs do cost money, but only between $4 and $15 per month, depending on quality, security and speed.
One’s capability and speed of finding material, content and files that they’re looking for is vitally important too. Usenet and BitTorrent actually perform similarly well, here. However, files tend to be removed more easily from Usenet than with BitTorrent, particularly with DMCA complaints. In regards to finding new content though, Usenet is marginally better in having high quality, large file BluRays available first. Of course, be aware of piracy and copyright here with both.
As we can see, both are good options. VPNs can somewhat protect the user, but nothing will be safer than Usenet. Likewise, speed and convenience prevails with Usenet. So the only point of debate here is the pricing, and thus your budget will come into play.