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Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day, From Giganews

Happy Valentine's day! Today's the perfect day to share your love of Giganews with friends and family. When you refer a friend that sticks around Giganews for a month or more, we'll give you up to a free month of Usenet – whatever the value of that account is. Everybody wins!

Just log into your control panel here to email, tweet, or Facebook out to the ones you love most, anytime.

The Giganews Team

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays, From Giganews.

We would like to wish all Giganews members Happy Holidays and the best for 2015. Without all of our great members, Giganews would not be what it is today. We are honored by all of your support.

Have a wonderful holiday season,

The Giganews Team

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

How Does Heartbleed Affect Giganews Customers?

With the recent announcement of the Heartbleed Bug, many customers have asked if Giganews' services were affected and whether customers need to take any action. Rest assured all Giganews services are currently safe from the Heartbleed Bug. VyprVPN and the Giganews website have not ever used SSL libraries vulnerable to the TLS heartbeat exploit. Golden Frog patched Dump Truck's SSL libraries on April 8, 2014, and new SSL keys for the service were generated and deployed successfully. However, due to the nature of the bug, we still recommend all customers change their password, especially if you have used Dump Truck. Change your password »

Are Giganews Customers using VyprVPN Apps Safe from the Heartbleed Bug?

Golden Frog's apps use OpenSSL 1.0.1e, which is vulnerable to the Heartbleed Bug, for OpenVPN connections. However, even though the apps use a vulnerable version of OpenSSL, customer information is not at risk. To be compromised, the apps would need to connect to servers that send malicious heartbeat packets. VyprVPN apps only connect to VyprVPN servers, which do not send malicious packets. Even if the VyprVPN apps were somehow tricked into establishing a connection with a malicious server, the apps do not possess any information they are not already sending to the server. There is nothing a malicious server could gather from the client that it wouldn't receive anyway.

Golden Frog will be preparing updated versions of the apps that use non-vulnerable versions of OpenSSL, but at this time, Giganews customers are not at risk using the existing versions of the apps.

What is the Heartbleed Bug?

The Heartbleed Bug is a bug in OpenSSL's implementation of the TLS heartbeat extension. When exploited, it allows an attacker access to the contents of the SSL server and client memory. This memory may include the SSL keys, the content of the data traversing the connection, and usernames and passwords transmitted or stored within the memory of the client and server. Because of the complete compromise of the SSL session and secret key data necessary to keep communications secure, this is considered an extremely critical bug. A full overview can be found at

What Action Do I Need to Take?

If you have used Dump Truck we highly recommend you change your password. To change your password visit this page: Giganews we take your privacy and security seriously. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact our 24x7x365 support team via email or live chat.

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Updated on 04-10-2014

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Giganews is First Usenet Provider To Reach 2,000 Days of Retention

We're proud to announce that on January 26, Giganews became the first Usenet provider in the world to reach 2,000 days of high-quality binary retention for more than 110,000 existing newsgroups! The 2,000-day milestone, which is more than 5.5 years of retention, represents more than 25 petabytes of Usenet messages on the Giganews servers.

This is a huge feat in the industry and we are proud to be the only Usenet service that delivers the same speed and article completion across the approximately 45 billion articles with 110,000 newsgroups equally. Giganews is 50 percent bigger today than at this point last year and we continue to add servers with this kind of growth in mind.

Get a closer look at what this milestone means

We put together a fun and informative graphical representation of what 2000 days of retention looks like and what we've accomplished over the years.

View and share the infographic online

Hundreds of Terabytes of data gets uploaded to Giganews every day, and retention refers to the time that data remains on the Giganews servers and is therefore accessible to our customers. Two thousand days of retention guarantees that you can easily find and access articles that have been posted more than five years ago and text from more than 10 years ago.

We are constantly working to make Giganews the world's best Usenet service and just like our retention, we have no plans on stopping. We truly appreciate the great customers who stand behind us. Thanks for your continued support and feedback.

If you're not already a Giganews member, we invite you to sign up for a 14-day free trial.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Otixo Setup Instructions for Dump Truck

Dump Truck is now integrated with Otixo! Otixo provides a cloud aggregation service that lets individuals and businesses work and collaborate across many of their online services from a single application.

If you already use Otixo, connecting to Dump Truck is easy:

What is Otixo?

Otixo is a web app that allows you to manage files from multiple online storage accounts in one place. Use it on mobile or desktop devices to search, copy and share files between your Dump Truck account and other online storage services using WebDAV.

Otixo's Spaces tool also has useful collaboration features you can use with Dump Truck:
  • Share your "Space" with colleagues by sending invitations and managing your Space collaborators
  • Attach files or folders from Dump Truck to your Space with just a few clicks
  • Maintain control of your Space by determining which collaborators have write permission
  • Preview and share comments on files to stay informed on all your projects
  • Track new comments, files and downloads and use email notifications to stay informed in real time!
  • Collaborate with others across multiple online storage services. Spaces creates a neutral place for working on files so you can keep your versions under control.

Why use Otixo with Dump Truck?

With Otixo and Dump Truck, you can easily backup your data in several locations. Simply drag-and drop files from your Dump Truck account to other online storage services without having to download the files to your computer. Make life easier by collaborating with friends and colleagues across multiple online storage services and managing all your files from one location.

At Giganews, we are constantly adding new setup instructions to help you use Dump Truck with your favorite applications. Share your feedback at Golden Frog Ideas and help make Dump Truck even better!

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Monday, June 17, 2013

FEAT VPN OpenVPN Setup Instructions for VyprVPN on Android

In response to your feedback on Golden Frog Ideas, we worked with Golden Frog to add step-by-step instructions for setting up VyprVPN on any Android device with FEAT VPN!

If you already have FEAT VPN, the setup process for VyprVPN is simple:While VyprVPN for Android is preferred for devices running Android 3.1 or greater, FEAT VPN is an OpenVPN option for Android devices running versions 2.1 through 3.2.

What is FEAT VPN?

FEAT VPN is a popular Android app that allows users to utilize OpenVPN without needing to root the device. Rooting an Android device carries a number of security risks, plus it voids the warranty. FEAT VPN is one of the only OpenVPN solutions compatible with any Android device right off the shelf.

The latest version of FEAT VPN offers better compatibility for Android devices that are connected to an IPv6 network. Most VPN services only support IPv4 however IPv6 is growing in popularity among app developers. For example, the built-in YouTube app utilizes IPv6. As a result, all of the YouTube traffic will not flow through the users IPv4 tunnel and isn't encrypted or protected.

Why Use VyprVPN with FEAT VPN?

We wanted to make it easy for Giganews members to combine the flexibility of FEAT VPN with the stability and security of VyprVPN.

If any issues arise please take advantage of our 24x7x365 support. We will continue to add setup instructions for useful applications like FEAT VPN so please share your feedback at Golden Frog Ideas and help us help you!

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Synology NAS VPN Setup Instructions for Giganews Members using VyprVPN

In response to your feedback on the Golden Frog Ideas microsite, we worked with Golden Frog to add VyprVPN setup instructions for Synology NAS (Network Attached Storage).

If you have a Synology NAS device already, simply connect to VyprVPN using either PPTP and OpenVPN.Using VyprVPN with your Synology NAS device combines the speed and security of VyprVPN with the convenience of Synology NAS.

What is Synology NAS?

Synology NAS is a storage device engineered for small businesses, however, users with large data storage needs also benefit from it. It provides a centralized location for storage, sharing, and onsite data backup that requires minimal maintenance and offers excellent performance. You can only select a folder on your Synology NAS to sync with Dump Truck online storage - included free with every Giganews account.

Why Use VyprVPN with Synology NAS?

At Giganews, we believe all VyprVPN users should benefit from powerful storage solutions like Synology NAS without forfeiting their privacy or security. It is critical to secure your connection whenever you access important information online. VyprVPN's 256-bit encryption and secure servers prevent malicious 3rd parties from accessing your data and secures your entire Internet connection from end to end. This provides peace of mind when you use convenient storage solutions like Synology NAS.

We will continue to respond to your feedback with more setup instructions and 24x7x365 support. Please continue providing feedback and suggestions at Golden Frog Ideas so we can help you use VyprVPN with your favorite device!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

VyprVPN for Mac Now Available!

Today, we are excited to announce that Golden Frog released VyprVPN for Mac! Giganews members with VyprVPN service can download VyprVPN for Mac starting today.

You can use VyprVPN for Mac to manage your VyprVPN connection directly from the menu bar. Skip the manual VPN setup and freely switch between any VyprVPN server location or VPN protocol.

VyprVPN App Basic Features:

Quick access from the menu bar

One-click to switch between all VyprVPN server locations

One-click switching between every VyprVPN protocol

VyprVPN App Advanced Features:

  • Automatically activates VyprVPN on unsecured wireless networks
  • Automatically detects dropped VPN connections and prompts to reconnect
  • Quick access to recent VyprVPN protocols and server locations
  • Automatically updates as Golden Frog adds new server locations
  • Automatically updates OpenVPN and L2TP security certificates

It has been a busy couple of months for our friends over at Golden Frog. They also recently released new VyprVPN mobile Apps for iOS and Android so start protecting your mobile device as well as your Mac.

If you are not currently a Giganews member and want to try VyprVPN, we invite you to sign up for a 14 day free trial of the Diamond account which includes VyprVPN.

Giganews members without VyprVPN, can add VyprVPN to their membership and secure Internet connections on their Mac!

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Welcome to Dump Truck: Part 2 - Dump Truck Web App

Today, Golden Frog posted Part 2 - Dump Truck Web App of their "Welcome to Dump Truck" blog series on their blog. In this blogpost, they cover powerful features of their Dump Truck Web App.

After you read the blogpost and learn all the features, you can log in to the Dump Truck Web App using your Giganews username and password. Don’t forget that Giganews Diamond accounts receive 30GB of Dump Truck online storage, while all other Giganews accounts receive 5GB of online storage.

If you missed the Part 1 of the "Welcome to Dump Truck series", please read Part 1 - Dump Truck Desktop on the Golden Frog blog.

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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Dump Truck Rebuilt - New Desktop, Mobile and Web Apps

Dump Truck Online StorageLast December, we announced our partnership with Golden Frog to provide free Dump Truck secure online storage to every Giganews member.

When we made Dump Truck available to Giganews members last year, the service included WebDAV access to your files and a basic Web App. Over the past year, Golden Frog listened to your comments and worked hard to improve the service based on your feedback.

Today, Dump Truck online storage gets even better with completely new Desktop apps, Mobile apps and rebuilt Web App so you can use Dump Truck on all of your devices.

After a year of non-stop development, the Dump Truck storage service now includes:
  • Windows and Mac Desktop applications to sync your files from your desktop to Dump Truck
  • Android and iOS Mobile apps to view and manage your files on the go. (iOS App pending App Store approval)
  • A completely redesigned and rebuilt Web App so you can use your web browser to access, upload and share files in your Dump Truck account
Don’t forget to use your Giganews username and password to access the Dump Truck Desktop apps, Mobile apps and Web App. 30 GB of Dump Truck is included free with every Diamond account and 5 GB of Dump Truck is included free with all other Giganews accounts.

Why use Dump Truck online storage?

It’s simple - you should choose Dump Truck for your storage needs because Golden Frog is more focused on security than other online storage providers. Golden Frog was founded to keep the Internet free and open while respecting user privacy and security. In 2009, Golden Frog launched VyprVPN Personal VPN to protect users' Internet connections and Dump Truck is their latest service focused on privacy and security.

Why is Dump Truck more secure?

When you upload your files to Dump Truck, Golden Frog the only company who handles your data so your privacy is protected and your security is ensured. Golden Frog doesn’t rely on 3rd parties to store your files. Similar to how Giganews operates its own Usenet clusters, Golden Frog owns the hard drives, servers and manages their own global network so they can keep your files secure.

They also store three copies of your files using 256-bit AES encryption to ensure you always have a secure and redundant copy. When you upload or download files from Dump Truck all data is encrypted using 256-bit SSL - the same encryption level used by financial institutions. Golden Frog also doesn’t use data deduplication to inspect your files to save on storage costs, nor will they ever display ads or analyze users’ files for marketing purposes. Like Giganews, Golden Frog respects users’ privacy and security and will never inspect your files.

Dump Truck Desktop - Sync files from your Desktop

Dump Truck files sync right to your desktop
Use Dump Truck Desktop on Windows or Mac to securely sync and store all of your files.

Dump Truck Desktop features:
  • Windows and Mac applications
  • Automatically syncs files from your desktop to Dump Truck
  • All your files in your Dump Truck folder on your desktop are on all of your devices
Download Dump Truck Desktop

Dump Truck Web App - Access your files from any browser

The Dump Truck Web App has been totally redesigned and rebuilt with improved performance and new features. Use the the Web App to access, upload and share your files from any web browser.

Access Dump Truck from any web browser

Dump Truck Web App features:
  • Access files in your Dump Truck account from any web browser
  • Powerful sidebar folder directory for easy navigation
  • Upload entire folders, including sub-folders
  • Create and share public links to folders using passwords and expiration dates
  • Easy to use drag and drop to move files around in Dump Truck
  • Favorite files and folders to bookmark for quick access

Dump Truck Mobile Apps - Access your files while on the go

Access your files in Dump Truck on the go
Dump Truck Mobile App to access and store files while on the go.

Dump Truck Mobile App features:
  • Android and iOS apps (iOS app pending App Store approval)
  • Upload photos and videos to Dump Truck from your mobile device
  • Access and view files stored in Dump Truck
  • Favorite any file for quick online or offline access
Available on Google Play and the App Store (pending App Store approval).

Access Dump Truck with your Giganews username and password and see all of Dump Truck’s new features for yourself! If you are not currently a Giganews member, sign up now for free 14 day free trial to try Dump Truck and much more.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

VyprVPN setup instructions for Windows 8 using PPTP and L2TP/IPsec now available

Windows 8 manual setup instructions for PPTP and L2TP/IPsec protocols are now available in our VyprVPN support area. For users using the OpenVPN protocol on Windows 8, please download VyprVPN Desktop.

Golden Frog also recently updated VyprVPN Desktop to include Windows 8 support. Golden Frog recommends that VyprVPN users skip the manual setup and download VyprVPN Desktop to switch freely between VyprVPN server locations and protocol with a single click.

However, if you prefer the manual setup, please visit our VyprVPN support page to view the Windows 8 manual setup instructions.

Windows 8 PPTP manual setup instructions
Windows 8 L2TP/IPsec manual setup instructions

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