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In our VPN blog security experts offer you their knowledge about VPN, online privacy, security, Smart DNS and bypassing restrictions. You will also find the latest news and promotions that we run here at CactusVPN.

CactusVPN Android 3 Update – New Sign In Method

Android new sign in method

We’re happy to let all our Android users know that we’ve just rolled out a new update for our Android app. Now, you’ll have a single sign-in screen where you only need to use your CactusVPN website account email address and password to log in. Once you do that, you’ll have direct access to our VPN and Smart DNS services.

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CactusVPN and Emsisoft Partnership Announcement

Emsisoft

CactusVPN is proud to announce its partnership with Emsisoft, an award-winning anti-malware and antivirus software solution. While the partnership is temporary, we hope we’ll both be able to help our users enjoy a much safer Internet browsing experience.

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CactusVPN Summer Promotion – Up to 54% OFF!

VPN Promotion

Update! This promotion has ended

Whether you’re going on vacation abroad or just enjoying the summer weather at home, you’ll probably going to be using the web a lot anyway.

Well, we’ve got a surprise for you that’s sure to make your summer more interesting – an exciting new promotion for our services!

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VPN Giveaway

VPN Giveaway

As always we have our monthly VPN giveaway for you guys. If you do decide to enter then you will be in with the chance of winning three free months of our premium “VPN + Smart DNS” package. The giveaway will run until the 23rd of July and there will be five lucky winners chosen so you most certainly have a good chance of winning.

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CactusVPN Launches New Latvia VPN Location

Latvia VPN

We’ve listened to the suggestions our users have offered, and we’re happy to let everyone know that we have added a new location to our VPN server list – a Latvia VPN option.

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We Just Launched a Firefox Extension for Our Proxy Service

CactusVPN Chrome Extension

We’re happy to announce that you’ll now be able to hide your IP and get rid of geo-blocks with CactusVPN’s proxy servers straight from your Firefox browser without having to manually configure any settings in your browser anymore.

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Save Money With Our Easter Promotion!

Easter VPN Promotion

Update! This promotion has ended

Looking for the perfect way to surprise your loved ones during the Easter holidays? How about a straightforward way to bypass any geo-blocks that keep them away from their favorite shows and movies?

If you like the sound of that, you’ll be happy to know we’re currently running a major promotion for our VPN and Smart DNS services within the following days – the perfect opportunity to get those close to you and yourself the present of unrestricted web access.

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VPN Advantages and Disadvantages (Everything You Should Know)

VPN Advantages and Disadvantages

VPNs are more popular than ever nowadays, but – despite that – there are still plenty of people who don’t know what such a service can offer them. Well, we’re going to be discussing the real benefits and disadvantages of VPN services in this article, so that you’ll have an easier time deciding if they are right for you or not.

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We Just Launched a Google Chrome Extension for Our Proxy Service

CactusVPN Chrome Extension

We’re happy to announce that you’ll now be able to hide your IP and get rid of geo-blocks with CactusVPN’s proxy servers straight from your Chrome browser without having to manually configure any settings in your browser anymore.

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Take Advantage of Our Valentine’s Day Promotion!

Valentine's Day Promotion

Update! This promotion has ended

Looking forward to spending your Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart, some delicious chocolates and wine, and a ton of thematic movies and shows, but are bummed out you have to settle for mediocre choices because all the best stuff is geo-blocked?

No problem – this Valentine’s Day, we decided to offer you a nice discount of up to 54% on all our services, so that you and your loved one can enjoy all the Valentine’s Day movies and TV series you want, no matter where you are in the world.

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CactusVPN Windows Client Version 6 Released

CactusVPN Windows App

We’re happy to announce we’re launching a new and improved version of our Windows VPN client. We urge all of you to update from the current version (v5) to the new version (v6) as soon as you can, since the new VPN client version comes with many improvements that make the app significantly more convenient to use.

To update, just download the CactusVPN App v6 for Windows and install it.
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Here’s a Restricted Websites List of US-Only Websites

Here’s a Restricted Websites List of US-Only Websites

US entertainment is beyond enjoyable. The country very often offers the best when it comes to music, movies, and TV series. It’s just a shame that most of that content is only available on US-only websites – meaning that if you live outside the US, you’re out of luck and can’t enjoy it.

If this is a topic that interests you, this article will be right up your alley. We’ll be discussing why some websites are only available in USA, how you can actually unblock them, and we’ll even offer a few select examples of US-only websites, and a whole US restricted websites list as well.
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Why Is Google Asking for Captcha When You Use a VPN?

VPN Google Captcha

When you use a VPN, Google CAPTCHA might take you by surprise. One moment you’re freely looking up things you want on Google, and the next your screen is filled with the “We’re sorry …” message.

If you’re curious why this happens when you use a VPN, we’ve got you covered. Here’s all you need to know about that. Continue reading

How to Unblock Websites (11 Methods)

How to Unblock Websites

Did you ever want to browse a website you thought would be really great but weren’t able to connect to it (even though your Internet connection was fine) or just got a message telling you the content wasn’t available in your country/region?

You’re not alone – blocked websites is something people around the world have to put up with. No worries, though – we’ll show you exactly how to unblock websites in this handy guide. Continue reading

“Feel the Holiday Cheer” 2018 Promotion

Christmas VPN Discount

Update! January 2, 2019. This promotion has ended.

With Christmas and New Year’s Eve right around the corner, we decided to do something special for all of you who were looking for a way to enjoy a better online experience this holiday and the following year(s), and also access some geo-blocked Christmas-themed entertainment on Netflix US, BBC iPlayer, and/or HBO GO.

So, we’re running our very own Christmas and New Year’s promotion – perfect if you were waiting for the right opportunity to join the CactusVPN family or surprise your friends and family with a subscription or two. Continue reading

Using a VPN Slows Down Internet – True or False? VPN Speed Explained

vpn slows down internet

Ever wondered if a VPN slows down Internet connection speeds? It’s a pretty popular topic – in fact, many people like to claim VPNs either slow down Internet speeds or speed them up.

Well, there are a lot of things you need to consider when thinking about VPN speed – and we’ll discuss all of them in this in-depth guide. We’ll also tell you which VPN speed tests you can use to see how your connections are doing. Continue reading

All-in-One Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday 2018 Promo

Thanksgiving vpn discount

Update! November 27, 2018. This promotion has ended.

November is a month full of surprises, great and comfortable Thanksgiving experiences, and much-coveted shopping holidays – and we aim to make it a bit more special for you. Between the 15th and 26th of November, you’ll be able to enjoy our all-in-one Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday promotion! Continue reading

HTTPS vs VPN – What’s the Difference?

HTTPS vs VPN

HTTPS vs VPN services – what’s the better option?

This is a question we got asked lots of times by our users and other people online. So, we put together this article to showcase what HTTPS and VPNs actually are as well as what sets them apart, so that people can understand why it shouldn’t be a matter of HTTPS vs VPN tech since both of them work well together. Continue reading

Halloween Promotion – Up to 54% OFF!

Halloween VPN promotion

Update! November 2, 2018. This promotion has ended.

Halloween can be spooky, but you know what’s even scarier? Mass online surveillance and censorship.

Well, we want to help you enjoy this Halloween without having to worry about who’s monitoring what you do online or who’s trying to steal your personal data, so we put to together this amazing bargain for any of you who are still on the fence about getting a VPN.
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We Just Added IKEv2 Support for Android Devices

IKEv2 VPN Protocol

We’re happy to say that, as of today, you can start using the IKEv2 VPN protocol on your Android devices with CactusVPN. The setup process is pretty simple, but we put together a helpful tutorial to show you all the steps you need to take. Continue reading

We Just Added Support for VPN Over ICMP & DNS

CactusVPN

We’re happy to announce that, as of today, CactusVPN will be offering support for VPN over ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol, a supporting protocol that sends error messages if a service or a host/router can’t be reached/isn’t available) and DNS (Domain Name System, which is responsible for translating domain names into IP addresses, and vice versa). Continue reading

How to Unblock US Netflix Abroad

Unblock US Netflix

Netflix has tons of amazing shows and movies on display: House of Cards, The Crown, Hemlock Grove – and those are just a few examples. It’s just a shame that many people have to unblock US Netflix to enjoy all of that.

If you’re in that situation, no need to worry since we’re going to show you how to watch Netflix from other countries in this article. Continue reading

Smart DNS vs. VPN – What’s the Difference?

Smart DNS vs VPN

When it comes to debating Smart DNS vs. VPNs, it’s pretty much impossible to get a clear answer regarding which one is the better option. That’s because the answer solely depends on what you want to accomplish online.

Overall, it’s easier to think of a Smart DNS and a VPN as 2 services that are both useful for particular scenarios instead of 2 services that necessarily need to compete with each other.

With this article, we hope to give you a clear picture of what a Smart DNS and a VPN are, and how they are different in their own ways. We’ll also do our best to give you a straightforward answer regarding which one you should use. Continue reading

How to Get Access to UK TV in Spain

UK TV in Spain

Whether you’re a British expat living in Spain, a UK citizen on vacation there, or someone from Spain who just loves UK entertainment, you probably tried at one point to view UK TV in Spain only to quickly realize you just can’t do it.

Well, we’re going to use this article to address why that happens, and to offer you an easy workaround. After all, UK entertainment is simply amazing, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to enjoy it just because you’re from a different country. Continue reading

How to Secure Chromecast

Secure Chromecast

Chromecast is definitely an amazing device when it comes to modern entertainment. Though, all the convenience of being to cast your mobile screen on your TV does make you wonder – how secure is Chromecast actually?

Well, while there might be some concerns, you don’t need to worry that much. Making your device more secure isn’t really difficult. In fact, we’ll show you exactly how to secure Chromecast in this 4-minute article. Continue reading

Here’s the Best Way to Test VPN Connections

Test VPN Connections

Want to test VPN connections to make sure everything is running as it should but not sure where to start?

No worries – we’ve put this guide together to show you exactly what VPN tests you should run to check your connections, and how to do it as well. Continue reading

6 Reasons You Need to Use a VPN for Travel

VPN for Travel

Not sure if you should use a VPN for travel during your next vacation? Don’t worry – we’ll tell you everything you need to know about this.

Now, the short answer is yes, you should definitely use a VPN when traveling abroad. In case you’d like to know exactly why, just read on or use our Table of Contents links. Continue reading

What Are the Main Benefits of VPNs?

Benefits of VPN

Ever wondered what the benefits of VPNs are? Well, we aim to answer all your questions with this thorough article.

We’ll start out by showcasing the main advantages in a clear, streamlined list. For those of you who’d like a more in-depth look at the benefits of VPN services for specific scenarios, we’ve got you covered with the rest of this article – like how a VPN can help your business, how a VPN service can make traveling more enjoyable, and other interesting stuff like that. Continue reading

VPN vs. Firewall vs. Antivirus – What’s the Difference?

VPN vs Firewall vs Antivirus

A lot of people like to debate the topic of “VPN vs. firewall” or “VPN vs. antivirus,” trying to promote one solution over the other. But the truth is that VPNs, firewalls, and antivirus software work best in unison, not separately.

To help you better understand why, we’ll go ahead and explain what a VPN, a firewall, and an antivirus are, and how firewalls and antivirus software are different from VPNs. Continue reading

How to Choose the Best VPN Server Location

Best VPN Server Location

Selecting the best VPN server location can be difficult if you are new to VPNs. Even people who have been using VPNs for a while can encounter difficulties sometimes.

Well, don’t worry – we’ll go ahead and explain what things you need to keep in mind when choosing a VPN server. Continue reading

Using a VPN at Work Will Protect Your Privacy

Using a VPN at work

Using a VPN at work may be the solution to remove a lot of unnecessary stress in the relationship with your employer. If you are like the rest of us poor working Joes, you probably spend between 8 to 12 hours a day at your job. Now, that is definitely a very a long time! At some point throughout this day, you may want to access your personal email, your Facebook or even perform a few personal Internet tasks. Continue reading

Here’s How Easy It Is to Enjoy Unblocked Music Sites & Apps

Unblocked Music

The Internet is full of amazing music streaming websites and apps. Some of the most popular examples would include Pandora Radio, iHeartRadio, Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, Radio.com, SoundCloud Go, Napster US, and TuneIn Radio.

It’s just a shame that – quite often – you can only enjoy what they offer after you unblocked the music sites in question.

That’s right – depending on various factors – you might not have full access to any music streaming website or app you want.
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Here’s Exactly Why You Need to Use a VoIP VPN

VoIP VPN

Picture this – you just landed a sweet gig as a freelancer for a client that pays well. They were impressed with your work, and want to hire you, but there’s just one problem – they need to schedule a VoIP call with you. And you live in a country where VoIP services are blocked. Continue reading

Is Using a VPN to Get Cheaper Flights Possible?

using vpn to get cheaper flights

Whether you’re just going on vacation or on a business trip, it’s extremely easy to spend anywhere between a few thousand dollars up to tens of thousands of dollars per year on airline tickets nowadays – depending on how frequent you fly, and where you fly to.

Things might not be this bad if airlines wouldn’t rely on online price discrimination so much. It’s actually why many frequent travelers have started using VPNs to get cheaper flights too.

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What Are the Benefits of Using a Proxy Server?

Benefits of Proxy Server

Ever wondered if there are any worthwhile benefits to using proxy servers?

Well, as a matter of fact, there are a few decent advantages (but also drawbacks) you as an online user should consider when deciding whether or not to use such a service. Continue reading

We Just Fixed a Vulnerability Affecting Our Windows Client

CactusVPN Windows App

We recently patched an issue with our CactusVPN Windows client’s installer package. To our knowledge, our users haven’t been directly affected by this vulnerability. Also, if you have the Windows client already installed, you don’t need to worry as you are not at risk. Continue reading

7 Reasons You Need to Use a VPN for Gaming

VPN for Gaming

Nowadays, you can’t really enjoy a quality gaming experience when you’re online without using a gaming VPN. And while you might think that VPNs are only used to secure people’s data and privacy, the reality is that they can do much more than that.

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Free VPNs vs. Paid VPNs – What Are the Differences?

Free VPNs vs Paid VPNs

Are there any major, noteworthy differences when it comes to comparing free VPNs vs. paid VPNs? Other than the price thing, obviously. After all, they’re both VPNs, so they should be able to offer you the same experience, right?

Not quite. In fact, when you start taking a closer look at the main disadvantages that set free VPNs apart from their paid counterparts, that’s when things really start to get interesting – but not in a good way, unfortunately. Continue reading

Why You Need to Hide Your IP Address on Android

Hide IP Address on Android

Each month, there are over 2 billion active Android devices registered by Google, making it safe to assume that there are at least 1 billion monthly active Android users (if not more) on the market. That’s 1 billion people – or more – whose personal data, online privacy, and digital freedom is in constant danger – provided they don’t bother to hide IP addresses on Android devices they own and use. Continue reading

4 Ways to Use a VPN for SEO

VPN for SEO

The SEO industry has been making massive gains over the past years. More individuals and businesses rely on SEO to improve their branding, social reach, and online traffic – and the money spent on SEO backs that up. Back in 2016, the US alone accounted for $65 billion being spent on SEO, with the numbers being expected to rise to around $79 billion by 2020. Continue reading

List of UK only websites

UK only websites

Being abroad and still having access to all information sources you visit home in the UK, is a wonderful thing. We all know by now there are a large amount of services only accessible from within the country. That’s why when you try to access your favourite website, the one you visit regularly, and you see the message popping up that makes you aware that the page you are trying to access is not available in your region, that means it is one of the UK only websites. And it can be a pain if you are an expat.
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The Need for UK VPN: Tips and Benefits

UK only websites

In the modern world, privacy is no longer a right, but rather a privilege. Depending on the country we live in, the government can engage in anything from video surveillance on the streets to more intrusive methods of scrutiny such as snooping on the citizens’ emails, SMS, phone calls and even online routine. However, acknowledging such facts is not the same as acting against them. Nobody wants to have their entire online activity followed, especially in countries such as the United Kingdom which has, perhaps, the most drastic surveillance system in the Western World. To evade this type of scrutiny, a strong, reliable UK VPN is the way to go. Continue reading

Here’s Exactly Why You Need to Start Using a Canada VPN

Canada VPN

While Canada VPN user numbers have been making steady gains over the past years, Canada is still among the countries with the lowest VPN usage in the world – at least according to recent research. Continue reading

4 Reasons You Should Use a USA VPN Today

USA VPN

How many people in the United States use a USA VPN when they go online?

Not enough, in our opinion. According to some research, as little as 5% of all Internet users in the country use a United States VPN when accessing the web. Since there are around 286 million online users in the US, that would amount to somewhere around 14 to 15 million VPN users.

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How to Unblock Pandora Outside the US

How to get Pandora Unblocked

Pandora is a US-based music streaming service that gives you access to thousands of hours of music from some of the best artists. This prime service is available as a full version in the US. However, most countries get limited or no access due to copyright restrictions. In this post, we’ll be showing you how you can get Pandora unblocked when you’re outside of the US.
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How to Get Spotify Unblocked with VPN

Spotify Unblocked with VPN

Spotify is a popular music platform that lets you access thousands of songs from a multitude of artists. It also allows you to tailor-make your own playlist and let it play for hours at a time. It brings with it unlimited customization, as well as the freedom to listen to music from any device that has an internet connection. But what about the restrictions against this service applied by your school? Or the regional licence agreements that prohibits access to the platform? In this post, we’ll look at how to get Spotify unblocked at school or anywhere else using a VPN service.
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Enjoy Mother’s Day with an amazing offer from CactusVPN

VPN Promotion

Update! May 15, 2018. This promotion has ended.Mother’s day is a very special time of the year. Why not celebrate it a bit differently this year? Make an investment in your online privacy with an amazing discount. Don’t you want to be safe online when browsing the web and to make sure you don’t leave a trail of breadcrumbs for your ISP and authorities to be able to check every single move you make online? It’s time to change that, and you won’t find a better time than right now! Continue reading

Telegram is now blocked in Russia

Telegram blocked in Russia

Telegram, the world’s ninth most popular mobile messaging app is now no longer available in Russia. With over 200 million global users, the app that was created by a Russian entrepreneur has already been under pressure for a while to hand over encryption keys to Russian authorities. Continue reading

How to Get Hulu Unblocked Outside of US

Get Hulu Unblocked

Hulu is a great entertainment resource which provides an outstanding range of contents, such as TV shows, movies, clips, trailers, behind-the-scenes footage and a lot of other different media. But Hulu does have one major drawback. It’s only available as long as you live in the United States and on its overseas territories. Well, do not worry, we are gonna give you some easy tips and tricks to get Hulu unblocked outside of US!
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OpenVPN SSL certificate updated

OpenVPN protocol

We would like to inform you that we have updated the OpenVPN SSL certificate. This is a routine procedure in order to maintain the high security standards here at CactusVPN.
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