CactusVPN unblocks Fox, TVPlayer and Viki.com with Smart DNS

Fox Viki TVPlayerCactusVPN was a pioneer in implementing the Smart DNS technology. We have unblocked site by site and now our list of unblocked websites is one of the largest. If you have already used this technology you know that it is the best solution for media streaming as it does not influence your provider’s speed, so the content is just unblocked and it goes directly to your computer. If you had not the chance to test it you can do it right now with our free Smart DNS trial.

CactusVPN Giveaway July 2014

giveawayGiveaway from CactusVPN is the best thing you can get for free. You all love them and of course we love to offer them for you. If you still don’t have a CactusVPN account then this post is for you. Today we start our traditional monthly giveaway.

Having a VPN service from CactusVPN gives you a lot of advantages. Among them is a high level of your online privacy, but also you can unblock media websites that are usually blocked to US or UK only.

When would you want to use SoftEther VPN protocol?

SoftEther VPN ProtocolSoftEther VPN protocol is an open source SSL/TLS alternative to OpenVPN and also the SSTP-based VPN protocol from Microsoft. It offers very high-speed and low-latency client access with low processor overhead. The VPN tunnels that are created by the SoftEther are highly secure so that there is very little risk of information becoming vulnerable. The main advantages of the SoftEther VPN protocol are the high speed and a new level of security.

CactusVPN started to support Now TV Box

Now TV BoxNowadays devices expand their territory on the entertainment field which apparently leads to detriment for PCs in media streaming. Smart TVs and TV boxes became more popular for streaming, gaming and social media than ever before. One of the most-liked devices is Now TV box. This device is available for UK users only and allows them to access sites like BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky News.

Totalizator for World Cup quarter finals

FIFA Worldcup BrasilWarming up is over. Now only the best football teams are still in competition. 8 great teams from all over the world will contest the right to be the best football team. Which one is your favorite? Is your domestic team still in competition?

I watch matches on BBC and iTV with the help of our Smart DNS service. They have the best commentators and coverage. You should try too.

I think Holland will win the competition. And I would bet on it. Would you? We open a totalizator today for the first day of quarter finals: Brazil vs. Colombia and France vs. Germany. Make your bets for each game and if you guess the final score you win 3 months of free service from CactusVPN. Just write down the score for each game.
Bets are closed when the match starts.

Good luck everyone!

Why Does Google Captcha Appear While Using a VPN?

Google CaptchaMany people are often concerned about an issue with regard to Google Captcha when they use a VPN. The reason is that this has happened on a regular basis for many users. If you are worried about maintaining your anonymity and protecting your identity online, here is what you need to know about this Google Captcha if you have seen it while searching for content on Google.

Smart DNS vs VPN for media streaming

Smart DNS vs VPNSome sites that contain streaming content such as Hulu, Netflix or Spotify have certain content that is inaccessible to certain regions. This content is under geo-restriction. This means that unless you live within in the specified area, you are not able to view or download this content.

You may have seen messages about content being restricted if you ever tried to watch content on YouTube or Netflix and you live outside of the United States.

How to Use A VPN to Save on Airfare

How to Use A VPN to Save on AirfareEvery year people spend thousands of dollars on air travel flight tickets. These travelers are made up of individuals that are just looking to take a quick vacation as well as businesses with thousands of employees. A lot of time is spent figuring out just which flight will work best as well as making sure that the associated costs are affordable.

Have you ever searched for pricing for a flight and have noticed that the price seems higher every time you search for this particular flight. Occasionally, you may see that there is only a few seats left on that particular flight which causes you to book it right away. Despite, the fact that the flight is now $100 more than the first time you searched for the information, the costs may continue to increase.

Does It Matter Where Your VPN Provider is Based?

VPN LocationThe short answer is yes. If you are concerned about your privacy online then making an investment in a VPN is probably the best choice for you. However, exactly where should your VPN provider be located and does this matter?

Selecting the right VPN is all about your needs for security while using the internet. Before determining which VPN provider location is the best option for you, review your online privacy and security needs. If downloading content and preventing your browsing habits from being tracked are important to you, then you must take the VPN provider’s location into careful consideration.

FIFA World Cup VPN discounts

Update! July 14, 2014. This promotion has ended.

FIFA Worldcup BrasilOne of the most amazing events in this year is of course FIFA World Cup. One month of pure emotions. Hearts of millions people will beat in the same rhythm.

You are a lucky one if you’ve got a ticket to the stadium but Brazil is so far away and the tickets are so expensive. So the most of us will watch the football matches on their TV. But has your broadcasting company a good coverage for this great event? From all the World Cups History we know that the best live’s, commentators and shows are from TV companies from the country who invented football – BBC and iTV. These two companies won the rights to broadcast all the matches. Check the FIFA World Cup match split to choose what will be your favorite matches.

Why You Should Buy a VPN

VPN ServicesUsing a VPN can help safeguard your privacy so that you are protected online. In this way, you can visit the sites that you would like without any fear of snooping. People are losing more and more of their rights to privacy online and the VPN technology has emerged as a way to protect yourself and your privacy.

If you are concerned that your data and online browsing habits are being shared, then you will be alarmed to know that there is much going on that you might not know about it. Here are a few ways in which the data you create from browsing online is being utilized, possibly without your knowledge. After this, you will find out how a VPN can end all of these issues for you.

CactusVPN Giveaway June 2014

Update! June 11, 2014. This giveaway has ended. The winners are announced.

giveawayThe summer starts right now with your favorite VPN provider. We had some amazing news lately with the launch of SoftEther VPN – the best VPN protocol for Windows at this moment. Just try it and you will love it. We have also added SSTP to all of our servers so now you can choose between five VPN protocols in any VPN server location.

And because we love you we are launching today our monthly VPN and Smart DNS Giveaway. With CactusVPN you don’t have to be a geek to be safe while using the Internet. Also it’s much easier than before to unblock almost any content from US and UK. All you have to do is to install our easy to use software and you are connected in seconds.

Automated VPN Cascading

VPNThis post is a part of our experiment on inviting some really smart guys to write articles about online security. If you also want to become a guest author on our blog just send us the topic you want to cover to sc@cactusvpn.com.

Note: This publication pertains to Windows 7 OS yet these principles may be applied to any platform.

In my previous article I described a VPN Cascade (VPNC) as a procedure to establish multi-tunnel encrypted “tunnels-within-tunnels” through “trusted” independent computers across the unsecured public network. In this article I’d like to explain how to automate this process using a series of simple DOS commands organized in a collection of bat files.

SSTP VPN protocol on all servers

SSTP VPN ProtocolGood news are already a common thing for CactusVPN blog. Just a couple of weeks ago we installed SoftEther VPN protocol on all servers. We were the first VPN provider who did that. Today we are proud to tell you that SSTP VPN protocol is available on all our servers. You can set up this protocol by following our step by step tutorial or if you use our Software for Windows – it’s already included there. A single server can now deliver SSTP, OpenVPN, Softether, L2TP and PPTP VPN access. That’s five protocols on any given server. No VPN service provides that at this moment.

UEFA Champions League VPN Discount and Totalizer

Update! May 26, 2014. This promotion has ended.

UEFA VPN DiscountFootball is omnipresent this year. It was a great season and we are waiting for an epic final. Two teams from Madrid in the final. Whichever of the is your favorite you will watch the match either way. In a pub or maybe in front of the big screen with your friends or you will watch it online using our VPN tools. And I don’t want to hear about the lucky ones who have the tickets – I envy you so much :)

VPN Cascading

VPNWe have started an experiment. We invited some really smart guys to write articles about security online and share them on our blog. If you also want to become a guest author on our blog just send us the topic you want to cover to sc@cactusvpn.com.

Covey maintains that “Nothing is as fast as the speed of trust,” meaning nothing can accelerate a transaction, a task, or project of any kind like trust. For instance, when there is a high level of trust between parties in a business transaction, deals can be made in minutes with a handshake.

Note: This article pertains to Windows 7 OS yet these principles may be applied to any platform.

SoftEther VPN protocol on all servers

SoftEther VPN ProtocolCactusVPN is increasing its customer user base by providing excellent VPN service at very affordable prices. Currently, CactusVPN has twelve servers in US, UK and Netherlands. In addition to offering Smart DNS and proxy services, CactusVPN has added support of SoftEther VPN technology on all our servers.

SoftEther VPN protocol is an open source SSL/TLS alternative to OpenVPN and SSTP VPN protocols. It offers very high-speed and low-latency client access with low processor overhead.

Hulu blocked with VPN but still works with Smart DNS

unblock-huluLooks like Hulu started his own little war with VPN providers, just like TVCatchup did. For some reason they decided to block all VPN’s IPs therefor at this moment it is not possible to access it’s content if you are out of US and used to unblock it with a VPN connection. It’s not just about CactusVPN, it’s about all VPN and proxy providers. In this kind of conflicts usually the media streamer, this time it’s Hulu, is the one who lose it’s credibility and authority.

How to watch UK TV in Spain

Watch UK TV in SpainThe discontinuation of UK television in Spain and a few other countries in Europe was a big blow to the viewers there. English speaking audiences in these countries had freely enjoyed the services for a number of years. However, in February 2014 the executioner’s axe struck. UK TV implemented a spot beam, which restricted the broadcast to regions within the UK. Avid viewers elsewhere, including Spain, were left high and dry.

If you were among those affected and are looking for a solution, here’s some good news for you.

SoftEther – a new VPN protocol available at CactusVPN

SoftEther VPN ProtocolAll of you are familiar with the 4 VPN protocols – PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN and SSTP. Most of VPN providers usually offers only two of them and only at the best VPN providers you can find all four of them. Of course, CactusVPN had them all from the very beginning and permanently tuned them to give you the best VPN experience.

Well, today we have great news. We present SoftEther – a brand new VPN Protocol!

Easter Discount from CactusVPN

Update! April 24, 2014. This promotion has ended.

easter-vpn-discountsYou might not celebrate Easter, don’t like lamb or Easter Bunny, but most probably you love discounts. And we love them too. That is why we use every occasion to spoil you with an old good sale for our services. So whatever you are doing on next Sunday you have a great chance to order any our services with a discount.

The VPN and Smart DNS discount is available for all billing cycles. So let’s say for yearly billing cycle you’ll have a total of 65% discount: 35% for this billing cycle standard discount and additional 30 from Easter promotion.

CactusVPN is not Affected by Heartbleed Vulnerability

heartbleedHeartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability for OpenSSL cryptography. There were a lot of buzz about it lately and some companies even were affected by it. This created concerns among internet users, especially people who use VPN. But there is a treatment for this security bug and we have applied it in the very first days since the information about it became public. So CactusVPN clients should have no worries. More than that we have verified if in the last couple of years were attempts to use this bug to compromise our users’ integrity and we want to assure you there were no such endeavors.

VPN and Smart DNS Giveaway April 2014

Update! April 17, 2014. This giveaway has ended. The winners are announced.

giveawayYou don’t feel safe while browsing the Internet? Or maybe you wanted to watch the opening episode of the 4th season of Games of Thrones on HBO but you couldn’t because you are not in US at the moment? We have the best answer for both of these questions: use CactusVPN services.

Not only we make your Internet connection more safe and unblock sites like Netflix, HBO or BBC. We also offer a lot of other bonuses like: downloading torrents safely on our NL servers and making your online presence incognito. And all this you can have starting 3.25$/month. But we have even a better news for you: today starts our next VPN and Smart DNS Giveaway.

Unblock The Pirate Bay in Saudi Arabia

Unblock The Pirate Bay in Saudi ArabiaBlocking torrent sites, especially The Pirate Bay (TPB) became a common practice for governments in many countries. Starting April 2nd 2014, Saudi Arabia blocked The Pirate Bay as well. There were no prior warnings or any explanation, they just blocked it.

Fortunately, there is a way to avoid this restriction. And we can provide it to you. All you have to do is to connect to one of our VPN servers situated in Netherlands and you can download torrents again.

Use VPN to get over Turkey’s Twitter and YouTube ban

Unblock Twitter in TurkeyFirst the Turkish government banned the social networking site Twitter within its borders. This was because of the corruption allegations made on Twitter against the government. Now it has gone ahead and banned YouTube as well.

At the same time BBC.com reported an increase in the number of VPN downloads by iPhone and Android device users by over 33% soon after the ban. Do you see the correlation? Let’s take a look at what are VPNs and how they can help you get around such imposed bans and controls.

VPN and Smart DNS Giveaway (February 26th – March 4th)

Update! March 4, 2014. This giveaway has ended. The winners are announced.

giveawayWinter is almost gone and we decided to make the last giveaway for 2013/2014 cold season. As always, rules are really simple, just like this image on Facebook and you will have a chance to win the best tool to hide IP and unblock media websites from all over the world.

Avoid Verizon and AT & T Network Throttling

Avoid network throttlingWith the fall of net neutrality in the U.S., it seems that the ISP Verizon has apparently decided to throttle traffic to Netflix. This comes in as a sharp contrast to Comcast’s claim that they would not throttle any web sites in the wake of the net neutrality ruling in January.

Valentine’s Day VPN discount

Update! February 16, 2014. This promotion has ended.

Valentines 2014 PromotionLove is the most beautiful feeling a human being could have. And we don’t need a specific day to show that love each other. But because someone invented this day we’d like to make a surprise for all of our visitors which we love and care. Everyone who wants to subscribe to our VPN or Smart DNS service will have in the following 2 days a 30% discount for first billing cycle of any package you choose.

Watch Winter Olympics with CactusVPN

Winter OlympicsOlympics are one of the world’s most popular sport contests. This is truly a global event and every country has its athletes to compete there. But not all countries have a good coverage of it and not all commentators are the same. Maybe the best option to watch Olympics would be a Russian TV because they are hosts. But not many of you speak Russian. So the best choice for you would be an English speaking TV with great tradition in broadcasting this kind of events. And the choice is obvious: BBC!

Why is content Geo-blocked or Geo-gated in the First Place?

smart-dnsImagine that a loved one has decided as a present to give to you the gift that keeps on giving. Yes we are talking about a digital media device. Perhaps it is a computer, a tablet, or maybe they want to pay for your internet access. The world of entertainment is at your fingertips. All of your favorite shows that you watch on television anywhere in the world, you can now watch anytime you want. However we know that it’s not quite that easy.

Another scenario. Perhaps you are a U.S.- or GB-based business traveler who has an account for perhaps Netflix, Hulu or iTunes. You are used to watching shows that you missed when you have to travel around the country. However, when you leave the country for Japan or Australia, you get the dreaded message: “The requested video cannot be displayed in your region”. Frustrating isn’t it?

How you can bypass Transparent DNS proxy

Smart-DNSI think you noticed lately more and more control and unwanted care from Internet Service Providers. Some of them started to use Transparent DNS proxy technology. It gives some advantages to ISP and make easier for them to change some particular settings for all their clients. But among that the technology has one major “side effect” that is a big problem for a lot of people. And the problem is that Transparent DNS proxy makes the Smart DNS technology useless. This happens because the provider intercepts all DNS lookup requests and forces you to use their DNS addresses even if you’ve set a different pair of DNS values.

Encrypt VoIP traffic with VPN

Encrypt VoIPIn today’s digital age, the barriers that once kept entrepreneurs from competing with multinational companies have all but vanished. Long gone are the days where first-class resources were only available to blue-chip multinationals. In the 21st century any entrepreneur with a strong vision, ambition and the determination to realize their goals can compete and grow their enterprise by means of the internet. Financing for resources is possible by crowd-funding, infrastructure can be outsourced to cloud service providers, data and information can be gained without leaving your home, and secure communication over the internet can be provided by a VPN service such as CactusVPN.

BitTorrent is directly affected by the Net Neutrality Ruling

vpn-popularityFor the rest of the world, the news out the the D.C. Court of Appeals that net neutrality is unconstitutional, doesn’t change very much in regards to internet usage. However, considering that file sharing maverick BitTorrent is directly affected by the net neutrality ruling, U.S. Internet users may see some changes. Of course, the San Francisco-based company has been in the cross-hairs of copyright-holders and ISPs, or internet service providers, for a while. There are however some indications that internet censorship efforts are having the opposite effect.

Change of Los Angeles VPN Server

usaWe declared January the month of VPN servers optimization. We have done that for our Netherlands servers and now is time for US servers.

Some of you could not use Google search properly while connected to our Los Angeles VPN Server. If you received a message like this then you had the same issue:

“We’re sorry, but your computer or network may be sending automated queries. To protect our users, we can’t process your request right now. See Google Help for more information.”

Added new server in Netherlands

P2P VPNLast week we changed the old Amsterdam server to a new one. This made the speed higher for most of our users. Unfortunately the new server does not have great connection with all our clients and some of them had some speed problems. “Most users are happy” is not enough for us! If we can we try to make ALL of them happy. That is why we ordered a new 1 Gbit NL VPN server. We hope this will make downloading torrents fast for everyone.

If you use our software you can see the new server in the list with the name “Amsterdam4”. If you set up a manual connection you can add the new server using the instructions from our tutorials. The IP of the new server can be found in Client Area -> Package details.

VPN ads privacy in online games

VPN for online gamesIn an age when the United States government seemingly has spies everywhere, from physical locations overseas to offices where agents are tapped into millions of phone logs across the country, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that National Security Agency (NSA) employees are infiltrating online gaming communities in search of the boogey man.

More about torrents downloading via VPN

torrent VPNEvery since Napster shook up the world of media distribution in the early part of this century, there has been an endless cat and mouse game between distributors and consumers. It has become especially difficult to download torrents in the US. Personal VPN is for those individuals who want to have access to geo-restricted content such as YouTube restricted videos, Hulu, BBC content or Netflix. The last several years have seen the rise of torrent downloads which allow users to share files with one another by means of a simple file. Of course, governments and companies have enlisted the assistance of ISP’s to thwart file-sharing, and even hackers have made file-sharing quite dangerous for your digital data. The best way to go about remaining anonymous and protecting yourself is by using a VPN that allows torrents downloading.

US, UK, NL VPN giveaway (January 10th – 17th)

Update! January 18, 2014. This giveaway has ended. The winners are announced.

giveawayA new year is like a new life… or not. The fact is that at the start of each year everyone tries to be better, healthier, wealthier, smarter and so on. We are not an exception. From the start of the year we added some new servers, unblocked new websites for our Smart DNS technology, made a lot of improvement to our system and have a lot of plans for the future.

New UK and NL servers

New UK and NL serversA new year comes with new great news – we have added new servers in UK and Netherlands. As you already know we don’t work to have more servers, but we work a lot to give you the best VPN experience. That is why we have a small number of servers, but they work perfectly for almost all of you. Our network analysts said we have to add some more VPN servers to make your life easier and we’ve done it.

Play games without restriction with VPN

Play games without restriction with VPNAre you an avid gamer with many gamer friends? Are you looking for an easy way to play private games on a simulated local area network (LAN)? If your answer to these questions is “yes”, then come closer! You are very welcome to this post because what we are going to do is show you what will make your access unrestricted and will allow you to unblock online games without hindrance.

Smart DNS added to CactusVPN Mac OS version

CactusVPN Software MACYou wanted, we promised and now you have it! We have added the Smart DNS service to our software for Mac OS. All the apple fans and users can benefit now from this helpful update. It’s easy to use and as always it’s good looking.

CactusVPN Christmas Discounts

Update! January 1, 2014. This promotion has ended.

Christmas VPN DiscountsHo-Ho-Ho! Are you ready for the Christmas? Did you buy presents for your friends and family already? Hope you like to make presents to your beloved ones as I do. And because I care about all of the readers of this post I want to make a present for you.

A mind blowing, up to 55% discount for VPN and Smart DNS services. Yes you read it right: you can buy a VPN package for less than a half of it’s cost. You can see all the prices on our VPN order page and Smart DNS order page.

CactusVPN software embeds Smart DNS

CactusVPN Software Smart DNSCactusVPN always was one of the most innovative VPN providers. Our software not only has one of the best looking designs, but is also gifted with unique features. Today we are happy to present you our latest update.
We have added Smart DNS service to our software! So anybody who have Smart DNS or US, UK, NL VPN + Smart DNS package can use this wonderful technology right from our software without making any manual setup. It’s easy, it’s fast and it’s nice looking!

Thanksgiving and Black Friday discount: 30% OFF for VPN

Update! December 3, 2013. This promotion has ended.

ThanksgivingI bet you love Holidays. Everybody loves them. And your beloved Cactus is not an exception. And one of the best Holiday seasons starts today, because Thanksgiving is the first step to Christmas and the right time to start buying presents. Actually that’s why Black Fridays was invented: to make this process not only pleasant, but less disturbing for your wallet as well.

US, UK, NL VPN giveaway (November 20th – 26th)

Update! November 27, 2013. This giveaway has ended. The winners are announced.

giveawayAnother month – another giveaway. This tradition is as good as brunch on Sundays or a nap when you a tired :) We start our next giveaway.

As always, with no effort and with a lot of fun you can participate at it starting now and until the 26th of November. No big deal to do, but a great chance to win one of 10 US, UK, NL VPN + Smart DNS packages for free for 3 months. We’ll choose the winners random from all the participants.

New P2P VPN server in Netherlands

P2P VPNGetting better for our clients is our day by day mantra. And we are happy to announce you about the improvements we did lately.

New VPN server that accepts torrent downloading

We proudly launched our third server in Amsterdam. Unlike other providers we don’t wait for the servers to be overloaded. We launch a new server when it hardly reaches 50% of its capacities. Because of this, there is no way you’ll get a poor connection speed because the server is overbusy. Like other servers, you can use the new server for torrents downloading. On this server we installed PPTP, L2TP/IPSec and OpenVPN protocols, so you can test them all and find the one that match your needs the best.