Setting Up SSL For NNTP Newsreaders
NNTPjunkie provides additional privacy and
security for your newsgroup usage with NNTP+SSL. NNTP+SSL
(secure socket layers) allows you to connect to NNTPjunkie's
servers with a few 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.
to "Tools > Accounts", select "news.nntpjunkie.com" from
your list of news servers, anc click the "Properties" button.
Select the "Advanced: tab, checkmark the option titled "This
Server Requires a Secure Connection (SSL)", and make sure that
the port number is set to 563 or 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 certificate is to allow the
newsreader 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
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:
1) Open Internet
Explorer and in the address bar type:
You will see the
Please select "View Certificate".
This is very important! Do not select "Yes". You will then
Click "Install Certificate", then
"Ok". You will now see:
Click "Next". You will then
Click "Next". You'll now
Click "Finish", and click "Yes" in
answer to the "Do you want to install this certificate"
question. You'll receive a confirmation stating that the
"import was successful", and at this point you can now close the Certificate
Dialog box and connect to our NNTP servers via SSL with no
Go to "Tools > Servers and Accounts", select news.nntpjunkie.com
from your list of news servers, and checkmark the option
Server Requires a Secure Connection (SSL)". Go to the "Advanced Settings"
area and verify that the port number is set to 563 or 443.
your port number to 563 or 443, go to "Tools > Account Settings",
select news.nntpjunkie.com and checkmark the option titled "Use
Secure Connection (SSL)."
Some newsreaders, including Xnews,
do not have SSL native support. To utilize SSL with NNTP 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
the file, go the directory on your computer
where it's been installed and open the config (CONF) file and add
the following lines:
accept = 127.0.0.1:119
connect = news.nntpjunkie.com:563
Save that file and then start the Stunnel program. When connecting with Stunnel,
change the news server address in your reader to
127.0.0.1 (instead of news.nntpjunkie.com).