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SSL Setup for NNTP Connections
Private & Secure Newsgroup Connections
NewsGuy provides additional privacy and security for your newsgroup usage with NNTP+SSL. NNTP+SSL (secure socket layers) allows you to connect to NewsGuy's servers with a couple of settings changes in your newsreader for the ultimate in secure connectivity.

To utilize NNTP+SSL, most newsreaders will require you to change your port number and indicate you require a secure connection. All newsreaders using NNTP+SSL will need to be changed to use either Port 563 or Port 443. Below are some commonly-used newsreaders and their setups:

Outlook Express: Go to Tools > Accounts > Highlight news.newsguy.com, Properties, 'Advanced' tab, and check the box next to "This Server Requires a Secure Connection (SSL)", then verify the correct port number 563 is set, or manually change it to 443. Unlike other newsreaders, Outlook Express erroneously insists on a certificate signed by someone on its (Microsoft) affiliate list. The main purpose of the SSL key (certificate) is to allow the News Reader to decipher the SSL data stream. The level of security to prevent eavesdropping is exactly the same whether the key is signed or not. If you do not install our certificate on your system, you will receive a message from Outlook Express each time you begin a new session with NewsGuy via NNTP+SSL saying: "The server you are connected to is using a security certificate that could not be verified. A certificate chain processed, but terminated in a root certificate which is not trusted by the trust provider. Do you want to continue using this server?". To have the server become permanently trusted by Outlook, our certificate must be imported into your Windows certificate store. Follow the instructions below and you will no longer receive the warning message.

Open Internet Explorer, type "http://news.newsguy.com" in the address bar type, and you will see the following:

Please select "View Certificate". This is very important! Do not select "Yes". You will then see:

Click "Install Certificate", then "Ok". You will now see:

Click "Next". You will then see:

Click "Next". You'll now see:

Click "Finish", at which time a "Security Warning" screen will appear. Click the "Yes" button, and then click "Ok" when you see the "Import Successful" screen. You can now close the Certificate Dialog box and connect to our servers via NNTP+SSL with no further prompts.

Agent: Go to Tools > Servers and Accounts > Highlight news.newsguy.com and check the box next to "This Server Requires a Secure Connection (SSL)", then go to 'Advanced Settings' to verify the correct port number 563 is set, or manually change it to 443.

Thunderbird: After changing your port number, go to Tools > Account Settings > Highlight news.newsguy.com and check the box next to "Use Secure Connection (SSL).

Some newsreaders, including Xnews, do not have SSL native support. To utilize NNTP+SSL with newsreaders that do not have SSL native support, you'll need to connect first with Stunnel. First you'll need to download and install the most current exe file from stunnel.org. After installing, go the directory where it was installed and open the config (CONF) file and add the following lines:

client = yes

[nntps]
accept = 127.0.0.1:119
connect = news.newsguy.com:563

Save that file and then start the Stunnel program. In addition, anyone connecting with Stunnel will need to change the news server name in their newsreader client to 127.0.0.1 (instead of news.newsguy.com).

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