Chicago VPN Server Changes

Because some of you had problems with our old Chicago VPN server we had to change it. If you use or plan to use this server here is what you should do:
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Smart DNS and VPN Giveaway – January 2016

Update! January 29, 2015. This giveaway has ended. The winners are announced. Well it is officially 2016 and what a year we have in store, as always CactusVPN will be looking to expand and offer a better service for you guys but also other companies are really trying to push on this year, hopefully the year geo-restriction takes a step back. Netflix have of course announced at CES this year that its service is available in over 130 countries now, which is a fantastic thing to kick off the year with.
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The Best Netflix Originals

Netflix have done an outstanding job in bringing quality exclusive content to their service. A lot of people, whether critics or general consumers have been really surprised at how good Netflix have done on the production side of things –myself included. Even just taking into account the wide array of genres they are involved in. Movies, TV shows and even creating their very own anime series, it is certainly commendable. I think it would be fitting that we round off some of the best Netflix Originals.
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Smart DNS and VPN discounts to unblock Netflix

Update! January 21, 2016. This promotion has ended.As you have probably heard, Netflix is now available in over 130 countries around the world. We have decided here at CactusVPN to have up to 54% discount on all of our packages. This way we want to help millions of people who finally got access to Netflix. The promotion is available until 20th of January.
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Why you still need to unblock Netflix even if it is available everywhere

It was rather big news last week as at CES Netflix announced their Netflix Everywhere campaign meaning Netflix is now open worldwide. This movement sees Netflix available in over 130 countries.
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Top 5 Christmas movies online

Christmas is certainly rapidly approaching. It is about time then that we all start getting into the spirit of things and what better way to do that than sit down and watch a good old fashioned Christmas movie. Here are the top 5 Christmas movies online right now you can watch if you unblock websites with Smart DNS.
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8 new German websites unblocked with Smart DNS

This month we have a bumper load of German websites unblocked with our Smart DNS service. We have been working hard to add these and we have eight new websites unblock for you this time, if you are a fan of German TV or film, this is the place to come. Of course for German expats to this Smart DNS is invaluable at this point as they can now unblock websites from their home country now.
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Why you should unblock HBO Now and how it evolved as a service?

When HBO NOW was released to the public it was met with quite a big furore. As people are looking to stop paying the exorbitant prices of subscription television, this was a big boom. If you can unblock HBO NOW you could access the quality programming HBO had to offer without having to break the bank. Being able to pay monthly to enjoy exactly what people wanted and then cancel when they saw fit was a godsend and has since boomed.
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CactusVPN Christmas discount 2015

Update! January 2, 2016. This promotion has ended.Christmas is of course a time of giving so we here at CactusVPN think it’s time we give something to you guys. We have a Christmas VPN discount on all of our packages. Up to 54% discount in fact. Meaning you can make some big savings this Christmas.
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IP changes on Chicago, US VPN server

We had to change IP on our Chicago, US server. If you use or plan to use this server here is what you should do:
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Unblock websites with Smart DNS: new sites added

We have been working feverishly behind the scenes to unblock websites for you guys to take advantage of. This month we have a load of new websites unblocked for use with our Smart DNS service, a whole TWELVE, yes TWELVE, websites for you to peruse and use. First we will start off with websites that reside in Canada.
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CactusVPN giveaway – December 2015

Update! December 16, 2015. This giveaway has ended. The winners are announced. As we get towards the end of the year we have another CactusVPN giveaway for you this month. It is hard to believe that it is already December, just one month away from 2016. This year has seen some tumultuous months for VPNs but they have stood their ground and continue to fight the good fight against governments looking to abolish them for unadulterated access to their citizens.
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Hardware that can enhance VPN and Smart DNS experience

Not everything in the home is VPN friendly, you will usually find that your ISP’s router that they supply you with doesn’t even know what a VPN is, less so that you would want to use one. Thankfully usually with any router setting up Smart DNS can be a simple affair just with simple address changes but there are always ways to make the process easier and I intend to list some hardware here that can enhance VPN and Smart DNS experience.
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Android VPN app from CactusVPN is now available!

We did recently release an iOS VPN app for our service and since that we have been working feverishly to get the Android VPN app done and finally we are happy to announce it is finished and is now available in Google Play Store.
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The best movies on Netflix in December 2015

Netflix always has movies coming and going, sadly some great ones leave but usually you have other fantastic films taking their place. This month we have quite a few to report on so here are the best movies coming to Netflix in December 2015.
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How to block adverts on All4

All4 (formerly 4oD) is a fantastic free on demand service. It is available in web based or application versions. Today we will talk about web based version. The only downside are the adverts which can be numerous. It used to be fairly easy to get around the ads but as with many websites nowadays, a simple ad block does not fix the problem, so here is how to block adverts on All4.
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Top 5 action movies on Netflix

Action films are something that are usually universally enjoyed, everyone likes an intense fight scene or a thrilling chase. Action movies are there to titillate and here is a list of the Top 5 action movies on Netflix. There is a very wide selection to choose from should action films be your choice.
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Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday VPN promotion

Update! December 2, 2015. This promotion has ended.With it being quite a busy time of year over in North America we have decided to hold discounts up to 54%.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are a little more universal in their application, with many retailers starting sales meaning many people can bag a bargain. This is why we have decided to hold a promotion and join in with the fun.
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CactusVPN giveaway – November 2015

Update! November 27, 2015. This giveaway has ended. The winners are announced. Once again we have the CactusVPN November giveaway. This month sees winter creeping in, though here in England it seems winter arrived 3 months ago. As the weather starts to get colder I am sure a lot of us will stay inside and cuddle up in bed or on the sofa with loved ones and watch the telly.

The perfect complement to such activities is a VPN or smart DNS. Why? Well these services can help give you access to more titles from your favourite streaming services like Netflix or Hulu. If this sounds good to you then why not try your luck in our give away.
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Which governments are pushing for the ban of VPN?

Recently it feels as though we are seeing a lot more news on various governments around the world pushing for the ban of VPN, all citing various reasons but all with a similar goal, to be able to keep an eye on anybody they see fit whilst they privately browse the internet. Where exactly in the world are they trying to push such an agenda? Well I plan on answering that here, it may even be the country you live in, sneakily trying to push such a law through.
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Proof of government spying on their citizens

It may seem like as you can’t really see the government spying on you, you’d be mistaken for thinking everyone is just a little paranoid. Stay vigilant though as we have some bona fide proof coming from The Intercept and more specifically this document that was obtained.
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Halloween VPN Discount 2015

Update! November 3, 2015. This promotion has ended.Not long to go until it is the scary spooky night of October 31st, known as Halloween to you and me, and that means our annual Halloween VPN discount!

So what ghoulish offers do we have for you guys this year? We offer up to 54% off available on absolutely all of our packages. The promotion run until the 2nd of November. If you are thinking of giving our products a go, there hasn’t been a better time to start.
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Do the media spread lies about VPN?

VPN unfairly get a lot of flak sometimes, sometimes out of ignorance, others with a more aggressive agenda. This leaves us with the question of do the media spread lies about VPN? I would believe the answer is yes.
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CactusVPN Giveaway October 2015

Update! October 26, 2015. This giveaway has ended. The winners are announced. We come to October and as is the case with every month, we have another giveaway for you lucky people. October I guess is known mostly for Halloween, it is another excuse to throw a little party and relax before it gets horribly cold (it’s been cold for the past few months already here in the UK but that’s par for the course). Of course Halloween comes right at the end of the month but to tie you over until then we have our giveaway. Ten lucky people will win three free months of our premium VPN and Smart DNS package.
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CactusVPN response to BBC iPlayer blocking VPN access

Update (November 26th, 2015): The problem is now solved on all our servers.

Update (October 20th, 2015): The problem is now solved on most of our servers. You can access BBC iPlayer using Smart DNS service or London, London2, London3 or London4 VPN servers.

Update (October 20th, 2015): We have managed to fix this problem for our London and London2 VPN servers. We recommend to use these servers to unblock BBC iPlayer only if you can’t use Smart DNS because your ISP does transparent proxy or for some other reason.

October 20th, 2015. It has been quite big news day today as BBC cracked down on access to their iPlayer service through VPNs. This isn’t a problem only we are experiencing, this is something troubling a large majority of VPN providers. This means that iPlayer is no longer accessible through our UK VPN servers.
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Secure Chromecast in several easy steps

With the recent release of the Chromecast 2 by Google, I thought it would be important to go over how exactly to keep it secure. It is worth noting the Chromecast really isn’t all that safe, there are some measures you have to take outside of the Chromecast itself to make sure to secure Chromecast and isn’t letting anyone get in to your home network.
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New websites unblocked with Smart DNS – October 2015

Once again we have some brand new websites unblocked to our Smart DNS service for our existing users. This month we have websites from the UK, Germany and Poland which between the three of them offer a very wide range of entertainment.
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Top 5 anime on Netflix

Whilst I don’t watch a lot of anime I can certainly appreciate it. My personal favourite is Berserk and ever since watching that nothing ever seems to come close to its quality. It can be difficult to find places to watch anime in good quality on the internet. Thankfully Netflix has a good little selection to sink your teeth into. Here are the top 5 anime on Netflix:
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New Netflix regions added to our Smart DNS service

We are happy to announce that we have managed to add two new regions for our Netflix regions selector, meaning you can unblock Netflix in more countries.
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Three new websites added to our Smart DNS service

I enjoy writing these posts, it’s always good to hear about our Smart DNS service adding more websites for us all too enjoy. This time round we have three new websites added, two from the USA and one from Poland.
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VPN discount for the Start of the TV season

Update! September 24, 2015. This promotion has ended.September is the start of many things and of these is the start of the TV season, when new and old TV shows all show up again and try to win your affections. To celebrate this monumental occasion for TV lovers we have decided to offer a huge VPN discount on our packages.
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CactusVPN Giveaway September 2015

Update! September 10, 2015. This giveaway has ended. The winners are announced.

Feels like only yesterday I was writing the giveaway for the start of the year but already we come to September and what a month as it seems pretty much every starts this month. People go back to school, college or university and Metal Gear Solid V comes out right at the start on the 1st of September. Of course right on time is our VPN giveaway for ten of you lucky people.
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Netflix or Hulu? – The eternal question

When you think about online video streaming services I think the first ones that come to mind are Netflix or Hulu. Rightly so, they are both really good services to use, they have such a wide net of content that it can sometimes daunt. I am going to detail some of the positives and negatives of both of these services as to help you guys choose which one better fits your needs: Netflix or Hulu.
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Back to School VPN Discount

Update! August 27, 2015. This promotion has ended.It is getting to that time of year when those of us still in school are having to head back and start another year, whether it be compulsory school, college or university we all have a very hard year ahead of ourselves. To make it a little easier and take the edge off we are offering a VPN discount of 30% off on all of our packages between the 19th of August and the 26th of August.
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Living without TV in 2015 – Part 2

Where to find some of the most popular movies and TV shows online

Now I can only really speak for myself when I think about what TV shows and movies are worth my time but I will try and address some of the more popular ones that are spoken about nowadays.
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CactusVPN Giveaway August 2015

Update! August 19, 2015. This giveaway has ended. The winners are announced.

We make our way into August this month, summer is slowly coming to an end. I am sure there are many more hot days to come but at the end of the month we obviously get to September and that’s when we start to cool down again. As always though we have another CactusVPN giveaway for you this month.
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Does the VPN have an image issue in today’s world?

Anybody with any tech sense would tell you using a VPN is pretty much a necessity in our day and age, with the constant snooping that goes on seemingly left, right and centre. You would think with the many revelations of these facts that VPNs would be popular in the mainstream but it isn’t quite there yet, so I am asking does the VPN have an image issue in today’s world.
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Living without TV in 2015 – Part 1

The general concept of life without TV

TV is pretty expensive nowadays, I can only speak from the UK point of view but the American case at the moment seems almost impenetrable, with so many services offering a different amount of content. You most certainly need many different subscriptions to be able to watch all of the most talked about TV programmes. I have since moving to Germany though not really had the option of the TV I am used to. I don’t speak much German yet so usually German TV is useless to me, so I am adjusting to living without TV. With the likes of VPN and Smart DNS there are ways to fix these problems.
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Two brand new websites added to our Smart DNS service

We have once again some more websites for you to unblock with the use of our Smart DNS service, one of them is from the US and the other is from Germany.
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Google fixes WebRTC security leak in Chrome

Google has finally managed to fix WebRTC security leak brought to their attention back earlier this year. The vulnerability essentially made the use of a VPN with Chrome useless as it could reveal a user’s real IP address. Google has managed to release an extension though than thankfully deal with the security hole and plug it.
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How to test if you have a secure VPN provider

It is important to make sure you are 100% sure that your VPN connection is keeping you private and you have a secure VPN provider. You can just presume that once it is connected that is that and you can go off willy-nilly and do whatever it is you please. There are occasions where something may have gone wrong. I have taken sometime to compile a list of some easy things you can do to test certain aspects of your VPN connection.
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Top 5 cult movies to unblock with Smart DNS

I thought it my duty to list the Top 5 cult movies so that they can be enjoyed by all. What is a cult movie, exactly? Well I would describe it as something with a diehard following that was usually largely ignored by the masses (until it gains its cult status that is) and turns out to be revolutionary.
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Another seven unblocked websites added to our Smart DNS service

It wasn’t too long ago I was writing about more additions to our Smart DNS service and we once again are bringing the goods with another seven services now unblocked when you use Smart DNS from CactusVPN.
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What is the problem with free VPN providers?

Offering a free VPN service is an honourable task. VPNs should be an essential part of everyone’s web browsing experience. A lot of the time though the old saying “You get what you pay for” rings true when it comes to free VPN services, but what is the problem with free VPN providers exactly?
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New websites unblocked by our Smart DNS service – July 2015

We have been working hard to unblock websites for our Smart DNS service so that our customers have more choice. Today we have quite the substantial list of websites for you guys to get your teeth into so let’s get into it, shall we?
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CactusVPN Giveaway July 2015

Update! July 23, 2015. This giveaway has ended. The winners are announced.

Well we move finally into July, of course the seventh month of the year already, things seem to be moving quickly this year, at least for myself but at least always on time is the CactusVPN giveaway.
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I don’t mind if the government spies on me… REALLY?!

I hear all the time from people when I mention that using a VPN on the internet is a very important thing to use nowadays, not only security wise but to keep what you do online private. The response I usually hear from people is something along the lines of ‘I don’t mind if the government spies on me; I have nothing to hide’. I never understood this line of thinking, I tried very hard to come around to this way of thinking but to me it’s just foreign. Tackling the indifference to government snooping on the internet is important and must be done.
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Common VPN misconceptions Part 2

I think dispelling common VPN misconceptions is a very important job nowadays that is relatively easy to fulfil. I have already written a previous article on this. I find myself having to correct people all the time when it comes to staying secure online. I know many people that think just using an Anti-virus is enough to keep you secure on the internet; it is this sort of ignorance (I don’t mean that in a harsh way) that can get people into a lot of unneeded bother.
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Best websites to unblock this summer

Summer is pretty much upon us here at this point, at least here we are regularly getting ridiculously hot sunny days. Sometimes when it is just this hot you want to stay inside with the family or friends and just sit in the dark and watch a tonne of movies or fly through a TV series. We have decided to compile a list of the best websites to unblock this summer in the hope that maybe we can help expose you to something you may enjoy.
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VPN Learning Center

For a while, at VPNs inception, it was very much something for businesses and something a professional would have to set up. Nowadays VPNs are accessible to pretty much everyone and it most certainly has been a blessing. The security you get from a good VPN set up is vital nowadays.
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