Use Usenet as a File Host
With the ever expanding retention of usenet, it looks like if you upload a file today it will be there for years to come. This is more stable than using a centralized server like mediafire to upload your files. The only problem is your colleagues will have to be familiar with NZBs and possibly using Sabnzb.
First, you need an account with Astraweb. After that, download Yenc PowerPost A&A. First of all, you’re probably going to want to encrypt your files using TrueCrypt. This will ensure no one else will be able to view your file. Follow this quick tutorial on TrueCrypt here.
Next, you’ll need to split RAR archives if it’s a large post. Download WinRAR and follow this tutorial here.
Ok, so now you have your encrypted and rar’d file(s) fire up Yenc PowerPost, go to view –> program settings and set your usenet username, server, and group(s) you want to post to.
Then, you add files to queue and create your Par2 files. A screen pops up, go to the tab checksums and check “Generate NZB”. After that, change the subject line, and save the NZB file on your computer. Post away my friend! What Yenc Powerpost does is convert all your files to text for usenet, then it will spread to all usenet servers. If there happens to be missing text in transition, the Par2 files you created will fix it.
Your files are now accessible around the globe via your NZB file. Pop that into Sabnzb and it will unrar and par your file back to the original form. Once you have that you can use TrueCrypt to access your data. You can also use binsearch and search for the headers of the post you put on usenet to grab the NZB if you happen to lose it.
This will ensure long term encrypted storage for whatever you need on usenet. Bit complex, eh? Not really once you get used to it. Downloading is much simpler, but this isn’t hard either.