How to test if you have a secure VPN provider

Secure VPNIt 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

Top 5 Cult MoviesI 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

Seven unblocked websitesIt 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?

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

Websites unblockedWe 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

VPN GiveawayWell 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?!

Government spiesI 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

VPN misconceptionsI 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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Use VPN with Popcorn Time

VPN with Popcorn TimePopcorn Time has certainly blown up in the past few months. If you don’t know what Popcorn Time is exactly, it is essentially a way for streaming torrents. So there is no need to wait for files to download, giving a much more fluid torrent experience, a Netflix for torrents if you will.
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Best websites to unblock this summer

Best websites to unblock this summerSummer 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

VPN Learning CenterFor 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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Unlock House of Cards with Smart DNS

Unlock Hose of CardsHouse of Cards is a show about Francis J. Underwood and his rise to power in the American government. House of Cards is available on every Netflix around the world but of course for those that don’t live in a country with Netflix you can unlock House of Cards with Smart DNS from CactusVPN.
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New unblocked websites with Smart DNS

New unblocked websites with Smart DNSAs always we are working on adding unblocked websites to our Smart DNS service for our customers so they can enjoy whatever media they want with minimal fuss. Today we can announce happily that we have 6 new websites added to our service unblocked on various devices.
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CactusVPN Giveaway June 2015

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Update! May 20, 2015. This giveaway has ended. The winners are announced.

We are officially half way through the year as we come to the wonderful month of June and as always a new month; a new CactusVPN Giveaway.

June really marks the time for temperatures to soar and leaving the majority of us in temperate countries with air conditioning in the house, boiling away in our homes. All the way through winter we wish for summer and once it gets here we can’t wait for it to go again so we can finally sleep without waking up in several pools of sweat.
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My Experience with SoftEther

SoftEther VPN ProtocolCactusVPN recently have been working on improving what they give their customers by upgrading to gigabit servers to help accommodate those that can take advantage of such speeds. I am one of these people. I have a 200 Mbps down and 10 Mbps up in my house and I had noticed that when I use a VPN my speeds were being crippled hugely because the servers physically didn’t have the bandwidth to keep up with what I have available here. With the introduction of these gigabit servers I have been able to use a VPN without sacrificing a huge amount of my bandwidth which is much appreciated. I wanted to detail my experience with SoftEther as I finally decided to ditch OpenVPN for it and I have been really pleasantly surprised.
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UEFA Champions League Final Discount

UEFA Champions League Semi-final discountUpdate! June 7, 2015. This promotion has ended.We found out that we are going to be treated to a Barcelona vs. Juventus final so if you don’t have access to a TV in time for the 6th of June then prepare to watch Champions League online with CactusVPN. We are offering on the day of the final up to 80% off on select billing cycles.
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What are some common VPN misconceptions?

VPN ServicesThere are some consistent VPN misconceptions and I hope to extinguish this misinformation so you have no apprehensions about using a VPN. Nowadays using a VPN online is doubly important, we have all heard and read things in the news about whistleblowing, spying and the like. If you decide not to stay secure and use a VPN whilst online despite knowing this information then be it on your own head.
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New websites unblocked for Smart DNS

New Unblocked WebsitesIt’s a fantastic day once again for our Smart DNS customers as it means you get more and more value for your money as we unblock websites for you guys. We have quite the list of websites we have been working on unblocking and we have a bumper list of nine websites for you guys to sink your teeth into.
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Watch FA Cup Final with discount from CactusVPN

FA CupUpdate! February 16, 2015. This promotion has ended.We have had discounts on the Champions League and the Europa League so it is only fair that we give one for the FA Cup Final. We will be offering up to 80% off on select billing cycles on the 30th of May, so watch the FA Cup Final online with CactusVPN.
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LA server and all UK servers upgraded to 1Gbps

US and UK VPN servers updatedWe ecstatic to announce that as part of our programme to future proof our VPN servers we have upgraded Los Angeles, US server and all of our UK servers to 1Gbps fast VPN servers.
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DD-WRT – VPN’s best friend

dd-wrt-routersInstalling DD-WRT on a compatible router will increase functionality for free. DD-WRT has been around for a while now, it is essentially different firmware for your router. The beauty of DD-WRT is the freedom of choice you get but only if your router is shown on this list. It is also worth noting that if you flash DD-WRT incorrectly you may brick your router, the instructions are simple to follow though so I wouldn’t worry too much just be careful.
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CactusVPN new website and 80% discount

CactusVPN website redesign promoCactusVPN gets better every day and we are proud to present you today our new website with a more human… or better say cactus face :). Our designers worked to make it better for navigation and for your eyes. We have improved every page and put our hearts in every image. So please take a look at our brand new home and let us know how you liked it. Your feedback is highly appreciated and if you saw a bug please open a ticket.
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Europa League Final discount

Europa League Online

Update! This promotion has ended.

As with the matches preceding this one, we have up to 54% discount on select packages available to celebrate the arrival of the Europa League Final so you can watch the Europa League final online with CactusVPN.
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New 1 Gbit fast server in UK, London

UK VPNCactusVPN continues to upgrade all servers to 1gbps. Today is the time to change our first server in UK: UK, London VPN server. You can use the new VPN server right now if you use CactusVPN software or manual configuration with hostnames instead of IP. In case you use manual configuration with IPs you just have to change to new IP in the VPN connection. The information about our servers and other useful information can be found in Client Area, under Package details section. OpenVPN users should also download new OpenVPN config files.
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Brand new 1Gbit fast VPN Server in the US

fast vpn serverWe have a brand new 1Gbit fast VPN server located in the United States for you guys. To be more precise the server is in Manassas and replaces the old Wilmington, US server. If you use CactusVPN software or host names no changes are required from your part – you can take advantage of the fast VPN server right away. In other case all it takes to get it set up are some simple IP address switches to the new server’s values. The information about our servers and other useful information can be found in Client Area, under Package details section. OpenVPN users should also download new OpenVPN config files.
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Unblock HBO NOW with Smart DNS

Unblock HBO NowHBO NOW has made quite the impact by now after its launch last month; I think probably the majority of people use it as a Game of Thrones on demand service. I can understand that line of thinking but HBO actually has a lot of quality original programming on offer that you may not have seen before and you can unblock HBO NOW with Smart DNS so you can gain access to these shows.
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CactusVPN software for Windows Update 4.4.0

VPN SoftwareCactusVPN has always had one of the best VPN software on the market and we are continuously improving it. Today we released the 4.4.0 version of our CactusVPN software for Windows. Now you can choose between TCP and UDP protocols when connecting to OpenVPN and you can select the port to be used on this connection (443, 555, 992 or 1194). This may be very helpful if the standard ports are blocked by your ISP or network Administrator. Also we have added an important security update – DNS leak protection. Under certain conditions the operating system will continue to use its default DNS servers instead of the anonymous DNS servers. You can now turn DNS leak protection ON to protect you from this threat.
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CactusVPN Giveaway May 2015

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Update! May 20, 2015. This giveaway has ended. The winners are announced.

It’s the fifth month of the year already and a new month means a new CactusVPN giveaway.

Nothing really exciting happens in May as far as I know; I mean for me as an Arsenal fan we have the FA Cup final right at the end of the month on May 30th (which you can unblock and watch with CactusVPN).
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Watch Europa League Online – Semi-final discount

Europa League Online

Update! This promotion has ended.

As with the first leg we have a discount of up to 54% on the second with select billing cycles for you guys so you can watch the Europa League online with CactusVPN. The discount will be available on the today only.
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Why is crucial to use VPN abroad

VPN abroadIt is becoming more and more common for hotels and the like to offer Wi-Fi services for their tenants that means VPN abroad are crucial.

I think the reasoning is pretty simple to using a VPN when you are abroad. I think you should always adhere to a simple rule of thumb. Is it your own home internet connection? If not then you should pretty much always be using a VPN (really you should be using a VPN 24/7 no matter where you are connected but that isn’t for everyone).
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UEFA Champions League Semi-final 2nd Leg discount

UEFA Champions League Semi-final discount

Update! This promotion has ended.

As with the first leg of the Champions League we have another discount for you guys when the second leg rolls around so you can watch Champions League online with CactusVPN. We have up to 54% off on our packages so there hasn’t been a better time to invest in our VPN and Smart DNS services.
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VPN Split Tunnelling – What and Why?

VPN ServicesVPN Split Tunnelling I think is a relatively straight forward concept but the implementation can be somewhat baffling but I am here to describe what exactly it is and why it could be beneficial to you.

We of course start first with explaining what exactly VPN Split Tunnelling is. I think you can probably work out what it is just by looking at the name. It literally just means having two different connections for different things, hence the term split. Your traffic is split between two different networks, simple as.
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Europa League Semi-final discount

Europa League Semi-final discount

Update! This promotion has ended.

To celebrate the imminent arrival of the Europa League semi-finals we are offering up to 54% off on all billing cycles so you can watch the Europa League online with CactusVPN.
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You can use Smart DNS on Xbox One

Smart DNS on XBOX OneSmart DNS on Xbox One is now here for all of you to use. This gives your console and service subscriptions even more value as you now have access to many services than you once did. We have the likes of Netflix US and UK, Hulu Plus, iPlayer, Amazon Video US and UK, 4oD, HBO GO, ESPN Player and many more. You can view the full list of unblocked sites (click the Xbox One tab).
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UEFA Champions League Semi-final discount

UEFA Champions League Semi-final discount

Update! This promotion has ended.

We have a Champions League Semi-final discount for you all here, up to a whopping 54% OFF depending on which billing cycle you choose. You can watch Champions League online with Smart DNS from CactusVPN.
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NBA Playoff Semi-final discount

NBA Playoff Semi-final discount

Update! This promotion has ended.

In celebration of the NBA Playoff Semi-finals we are offering a one day discount for the 4th of May. We have up to 54% OFF on some of our billing cycles, so you can watch NBA Playoffs online with CactusVPN.

The first round of games isn’t quite over yet but so far we have seen Washington, Cleveland, Golden State, Memphis and Houston make it through to the semi-finals and over the next few days we will see a few more teams join the fold.
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Unblock Game of Thrones with CactusVPN

Unblock Game of ThronesI think everybody and their dog has heard about Game of Thrones by now, it certainly seems to be the highlight of the TV calendar for the next few months as the fifth season has just started. I for one am certainly excited and the other half can’t wait to see what will happen next either. I know we aren’t the only ones either. There is a bit of Game of Thrones fever it seems as people eagerly anticipate the massive premiere of next episode on Sunday and you can unblock Game of Thrones with CactusVPN. It seems to be guaranteed we’ll be getting more blood, gore and double crossing than we have ever seen before, which for Game of Thrones is no mean feat.
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Unblock Setanta Sports with CactusVPN

Unblock Setanta SportsWe are happy to announce that we now unblock Setanta Sports with our Smart DNS service.

As you may be able to guess Setanta Sports covers a wide range of sports though due to their Irish heritage they specialise in the likes of Gaelic Football, Curling and the like. They also broadcast a lot of Premier League football too which is also a plus due to the popularity of the competition around the world. Continue reading

London 3 UK VPN server upgraded to 1 Gbps

UK VPNIt’s upgrade season here at CactusVPN. Our 1GB servers was such a success that we’ve decided to change all possible servers from 100 Mbps to 1Gbps. We have started with the London 3, UK VPN server. You can start using it right now choosing it from CactusVPN software or creating a manual connection. The old server will also work until the 30th of April.

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Unblock Vikings with CactusVPN

Unblock VikingsThere isn’t much to discuss when describing the overall theme of Vikings as the clue is quite obviously in the name. The show airs on The History Channel but is also available on Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus and airs every Thursday and you can unblock Vikings with CactusVPN. It involves one of the most well-known mythological Norse heroes. Ragnar Lothbrok and charts this man’s rise from being a farmer to one of the most feared heroes in the land. Of course the Vikings quite liked their fighting so there is lots of blood and gore for those of you that are predisposed to that kind of thing but there is that scheming element too which can maybe entice those of you that aren’t exactly fans of burly men fighting.
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Unlock games earlier

Unlock gamesI’m not sure how many of our customers here are gamers but I would wager quite a fair few. I am one myself and have been for as long as I can remember. Another thing that has plagued me for as long as I can remember is Europe getting the short end of the stick when it comes to release dates on many games. I understand the concept behind releasing games on a Friday here in the UK, that’s when the majority of the country get their wages. I can’t help but feel in this lovely digital world we live in, staggered release dates are something of an antiquity and I feel like I really need a tool to unlock games so I could play all the weekend.
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CactusVPN Giveaway April 2015

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Update! April 16, 2015. This giveaway has ended. The winners are announced.

I feel like I say this every month but my word doesn’t time fly? Easter Holidays are gone, I hope you’ve got some chocolate eggs and CactusVPN discounts. Of course as well a new month means it is time for a brand spanking new giveaway for you guys to try your luck on. Once again this month up for grabs is a full three months free of our premium VPN and Smart DNS package, so you can use our service without restrictions.
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CactusVPN unblocks HBO NOW

Unblock HBO NowThere has been quite a big splash in the on demand streaming world today as TV behemoth HBO threw its hat into the ring, so now you can watch all of your most favourite shows from the network on HBO NOW, whenever you want and wherever you want. Though of course this service is only available to those living in the USA but we are happy to announce that we here at CactusVPN unblock HBO NOW on our Smart DNS service so our users can start to use HBO NOW straight away.
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Unblock music with VPN

Unblock MusicAs all media looks to be moving to streaming due to its instantaneous nature, more and more blockades are put up so that some people are left with an inferior service just due to where they live and usually for the same price as their unneutered counterparts. It is really not fair on the consumer and obviously as a consumer myself I am not okay with that. Luckily we have ways to bypass these restrictions.
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CactusVPN Easter 2015 discounts

Easter VPN Discounts

Update! This promotion has ended.

April started and that means that Easter is well and truly on its way. Back in England we exchanged chocolate eggs normally to each other in a weekend that usually involved binging on chocolate. I am not sure on the Easter customs of countries around the world so maybe you can leave a note below if your country does something different. I know in Germany they have their famous Ostermarkts. Not my cup of tea but I know many others flock to various markets around the country.
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Why do Some Companies Want to Block VPNs?

Companies block VPNsIn the old days, Hollywood movies were shown in US theaters using celluloid film stored in flat metal cans. Back then, these copies of movies were expensive to make and distribute so they would be used over and over again and passed from one theater to the next. The fancy theaters in big cities got the brand new cans first and then weeks later passed them on to theaters in smaller cities. Many months later (sometimes years later), the well-worn movie cans finally ended up in small towns and sometimes overseas.
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CactusVPN unblocks TVCatchup via Smart DNS

Unblock TVCatchupWe are proud to announce we have been able to successfully unblock the online UK Freeview streaming site TVCatchup so you can now access with Smart DNS. This website is fantastic and is available on a wide array of devices from PC to mobile. So you have a way to watch TV at all times if you are one of those that likes to watch it on the go.
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CactusVPN unblocks sites on Amazon Fire TV

Unblock Amazon Fire TVWe are happy to announce that we have added support for Amazon Fire TV to our Smart DNS service. We have unlocked quite the list of services to use with your Fire TV; these include the likes of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, HBO GO, ESPN, E4 and many more. You can see the whole list on the unblocked websites page.
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CactusVPN Giveaway March 2015

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Update! March 24, 2015. This giveaway has ended. The winners are announced.

Can you believe it is March already? Doesn’t feel all that long ago that it was Christmas time but we have seen a nice upturn in the weather (still cold mind…). Just as sure as you can be that it gets hot in the summer we here at CactusVPN have another giveaway for you delightful souls this month and as always we have to offer you a full three months free of our premium VPN and Smart DNS package with absolutely no restrictions whatsoever, quite the delectable prize I am sure you would all agree.
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Samsung is spying on you

Samsung SpyingSometimes I feel the notion of a “Big Brother” type figure is overplayed but it seems every day there comes more and more news that reaffirms my fears for where exactly everything is going and it does seem a police state is the logical conclusion.
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