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Your Cotse.Net account also provides you with a number of ways to read and post to usenet.

Please be sure to read our usenet abuse policy and Terms of Service.
Usenet Using Your Own Newsreader
There are a number of ways to use Usenet through our service. If you need a web based interface we recommend using Google Groups via our proxy. This provides you with web based usenet while protecting your identity and IP from those who read your posts.

You may also use our web interface to the remailers. This allows you to post to usenet anonymously via the remailers. To do this click the Remailers link when logged into webmail.

You may also protect your Usenet participation by using one of our SSH tunnels to your choice of Usenet provider. This will encrypt your connection while hiding your real IP address.

Finally we offer a News2Remail gateway. This allows you to read from any usenet server while all posts go out via the remailers using a regular usenet client. For details on News2Remail click here.

If you wish to use your own newsreader client, you will have to arrange for your own news server either via your ISP, a paid news service, or a free news server.

To increase your privacy, we have developed a proxy which will allow your desktop usenet client to connect through our proxy to a usenet server of your choice.

Note that your ISP's usenet server may not accept access from outside IP's. If you're having trouble authenticating to your usenet server, ask your server administrator if outside connections are possible.

Directions for installing and configuring ctunnel are provided below.

Stunnel and Ctunnel Ctunnel

ctunnel is deprecated for Cotse.Net subscribers. SSH Tunneling is easier and faster. This information remains because ctunnel is still offered as a free utility to tunnel through http proxies.

While the following procedure isn't extremely hard to accomplish, it is technical in nature. There's no way to explain the information in such a manner as to eliminate the technical aspects of what's needed in order to secure an nntp proxy connection.

Novices who would like more information to help them configure Outlook Express 6 for ctunnel and stunnel may find a "how-to" contribued by a Cotse user helpful. All others should use the following directions:

If you have already configured your browser for stunnel and have already configured ctunnel for usenet, all you need to do is a quick edit of both program's configuration files, as follows (if you haven't already installed and configured stunnel and ctunnel, it is probably less confusing to start with those instructions and then come back and edit their configuration files, as follows): 

Set up stunnel to forward the upcoming ctunnel connection:

  • Edit your stunnel.conf file to add the following section:
    accept =
    connect =
  • Save the changes


  • Edit ctunnel's config.txt file to accept your news reader's connection, forward it through the stunnel configuration to the Cotse Proxy, then off to your news server:
  • Save the changes.

The above sets up the following:

  • Stunnel will listen on port 120 for a connection;
  • Ctunnel will connect through port 120 on your machine, through stunnel which connects to the Cotse Proxy, ctunnel will also listen on port 119 for a news reader to connect;
  • Your news reader, set up to connect to your local machine on port 119 (which ctunnel is listening on) will go through ctunnel, through stunnel (SSL wrapped) through the Cotse Proxy to your preferred usenet server

This will wrap your nntp connection through a secure SSL tunnel to the Cotse Proxy.

Once you have ctunnel and stunnel configured as above, start stunnel, start ctunnel, and use your newsreader as you normally would. You may occasionally experience a delay in retrieving posts. This is to be expected.



ctunnel is deprecated for Cotse.Net subscribers. SSH Tunneling is easier and faster. This information remains because ctunnel is still offered as a free utility to tunnel through http proxies.

You'll need to download the version of connect-tunnel ("ctunnel") for your system: 

For different flavors of linux, freebsd, etc, go here and build accordingly:

Windows Users: (most versions have been tested to work with this version) download:

Unzip the file to any folder of your choice.

Now you need to edit the config.txt file in that folder with Notepad or your favorite text editor: 

  • On the proxy-authentication line, edit the user:password area to match your Cotse username and password to allow the proxy tunnel to login
  • On the tunnel= line, you need to add your usenet server. You MUST have a third party usenet server to use this proxy. An example of how to setup the server is listed in the config.txt file. Something like will work. This means your local machine will listen on port 119 and forward any incoming requests to on port 119. Only your local machine can send this data as ctunnel only listens on (your machine) for input from your machine
  • Save the config.txt changes

Now set up your usenet client to connect to port 119 using a proper username and password as given by your usenet provider (i.e., not your Cotse username/password).

The username and password are optional and only should be used if given to you by your usenet provider (not Cotse) -- this information will be passed to your third party usenet server for authentication.

Note that Forte Agent uses port 119 by default, so if you are using Forte Agent, you don't need to change this.

Double-click ctunnel.

Download new groups, download headers, what ever you want to do with your desktop usenet client. If everything is going well, your usenet client should work seamless with our proxy.

If you would like to setup a Secure SSL tunnel to connect from your machine to the Cotse NNTP Proxy, please see the "Stunnel and Ctunnel" directions.

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