Easynews Adds Virtual Private Network (VPN) to Service Offerings

Easynews Adds VPN Security

Easynews is pleased to announce that we have added VPN (Virtual Private Network) offerings to our list of services. Our team of developers and engineers have been working diligently on this new product to provide an additional layer of security for our users.

What is a VPN? A VPN is a tool that creates a secure network connection over the Internet, encrypting the data transferred through it. Major corporations, educational institutions, and government agencies use VPN technology to enable remote users to securely connect to the central work (or school) servers, but this technology can be used for encrypting general Internet traffic as well.

 

The Easynews VPN service offers 80+ servers in 17 countries with anonymous IP addresses, and our software delivers the following benefits:

  • Unmetered VPN bandwidth
  • Unlimited server switching
  • Two simultaneous VPN connections
  • OpenVPN, L2TP, and PPTP Protocols
  • Direct access to the fastest worldwide VPN network
  • No logging policy

 

Our custom and user-friendly VPN software puts you in control of your IP address. This allows you to do the following:

  • Dodge Internet censorship blocks
  • Protect your identity and virtual information
  • Stop your ISP’s throttling
  • Keep your data secure at public WiFi hotspots
  • Block geotargeted online advertisements

 

The ultimate benefit of having access to both the Easynews Usenet Browser and VPN service is that you can enjoy all that the Usenet has to offer without worry from outside forces. You can hide your browsing history from unwanted onlookers in real-time; your ISP cannot spy on what you’re doing online, nor can they throttle your traffic. This total anonymity is the ultimate freedom!

Want to add VPN to your Usenet subscription? Big Gig subscribers get it FREE, but Plus and Classic plan users can add VPN for as low as $2.99 per month. Sign up for Easynews VPN + Usenet today!

Mac and Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts

We’re sure you have noticed that there are other keys on your keyboard besides those in the alphanumeric alphabet. But, do you know the powers of convenience that they hold? A Google survey reported that about 90% of computer users don’t use the CTRL-F function to search for a word – perhaps it’s due to not knowing that the shortcut exists.

A keyboard shortcut allows you, the user, to perform common operations on your machine quickly and easily, versus using the mouse through multiple windows and clicks. Between Macintosh and Windows operating systems, there are many control (or command) functions that can make you perform the same actions. Yet there are still different key combinations between the two and what actions they perform. Take a look at some of the most common keyboard shortcuts used on Macintosh and Windows computers and add them to your arsenal of awesome knowledge. There are many more than this list and we’re sure some of your go-to’s may not have made the cut. Share with us the keyboard shortcuts you use most frequently in the comment section below.

Macintosh

1. Command + W = Closes the current window.

2. Command + Shift+A (while in the Finder) = Takes you directly to the “Applications” available on your Mac.

3. Command + Spacebar = Opens the “Spotlight Search” allowing you to quickly search your Mac for files, folders and applications.

4. Command + Shift + Tab = Allows you to cycle through all of the different applications and windows opened on your Mac.

5. Command + Q = Gives you the ability to quickly quit your current application.

Windows

1. WIN + L = Allows you to lock your desktop.

2. F5 = Refreshes a page in your browser.

3. Alt + Print Screen = By using this key combination, you can capture a screenshot of the current open window. Then, using CTRL + V you can paste it wherever you like.

4. Windows + E = Open Your Computer to allow you to view your settings.

5. Windows = Displays or hides the Start menu.

Easynews Member Area Gets an Upgrade

Updated: 4/2/2015

Easynews Members Area

We’ve been hard at work redesigning the ‘under the hood’ stuff that makes the Easynews members area work. Since the earliest days of Easynews, we’ve maintained critical interface data (Preferences, Zip Queues, Favorites, etc.) in custom formats stored on NAS appliances. As the years have gone by, and as our service has grown, the architecture of this data has increasingly become a bottleneck in many ways, and has been a major source of outages and headaches. Upgrading our back-end storage systems will enable Easynews to provide better quality of service to all of our subscribers.

Easynews has begun the process of moving all of members.easynews.com (both the vintage and 2.0 members areas) to a new system. Between Wednesday, April 1st and Friday, April 10th, Easynews subscribers will automatically be transitioned to a set of upgraded servers. This update does not require any immediate action on your part, however your zip manager queues will not populate automatically. If you are interested in importing your old zip manager data into this new system, click here.

Want an early look at the new Members Area?

Classic (Vintage) InterfaceClick Here
2.0 InterfaceClick Here

 

While the Easynews interface and user experience that you’ve grown familiar will not be changing, we are informing you of this update so that any lingering errors associated with this migration are reported early-on. Any bugs or other feedback can be sent via e-mail to dev@easynews.com. This will create an internal ticket in our system that we can use to track issues to resolution. When contacting us, please include your Easynews username so that we can credit you for your efforts.

The feedback we’re most interested in involves these features:

  • Preferences
  • Zip Manager
  • Favorites
  • Management of Saved Searches

Thank you in advance for your help and participation, and thanks for using Easynews!

Easynews Love Letters Contest

Easynews Love Letters Campaign

Do you love Easynews? Prove it! Share your love for your preferred Usenet provider from now until February 25th by writing us a letter expressing your affections for a chance to be featured and win FREE gigs and a FREE year of Big Gig Access with Unlimited NNTP. Our favorite love letters submitted from existing subscribers will be highlighted on the campaign landing page and on our social media channels. Enter now!

Easynews Pro Tip Challenge

Easynews Pro Tip Challenge

Last year, we challenged our subscribers to allow savvy Usenet users to showcase their expertise of Easynews Global Search by sharing advice with other users. We wanted newcomers and veterans alike to get the very most out of their Easynews experience. Within two weeks, over 500 tips were submitted and we are pleased to showcase the cream of the crop. No matter your experience level, these pro tips can help any user become an Easynews expert in no time. As a result, two documents were created that highlighted the accepted tips.

You can also download our tips here: Tips Version 1 | Tips Version 2.

Which tip is your favorite or what tips would you share with the Easynews community? Share with us your favorite or suggested tip in the comment section!