2006: Giganews Changes Usenet
As one of the first providers to offer unlimited service, Giganews has always maintained industry leading retention levels and has been providing high-quality premium Usenet access since its inception in 1998.
Starting in 2006, Giganews began to release improvements to its services which have revolutionized how newsgroups are read.
Giganews released 256-bit SSL Encrypted Usenet Access for all members. Before the utilization of 256-bit SSL, many newsgroup users were forced to download newsgroups in clear text. This meant that any network between their computer and the news servers would be able to access and view the articles they were downloading. To improve privacy, security, and anonymity, Giganews developed cutting edge Usenet encryption technology. This brought encrypted Usenet access into the mainstream and provided higher standards for Usenet security.
Due to high costs and technical hurtles, maintaining high retention in binary newsgroups is always a challenge for any news server. In February of 2007 Giganews raised the bar in Usenet access services and set a new standard for news servers everywhere as the first news server to announce over 100 days of retention in all binary newsgroups. To put this accomplishment in perspective, just about one year earlier Giganews lead Usenet with only 70 days of binary retention.
Not to be outdone by our February '07 upgrade to 100 days binary retention, Giganews quickly began upgrading its systems in mid-2007. This resulted in a significant increase in available storage and another "world's first" for Giganews. This upgrade would grow Giganews' retention from about 120 days (from an upgrade in April 2007) to nearly 200 days of binary retention by the end of summer 2007.
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