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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 Summer Promotion – Up to 72% OFF!


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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Save Money With Our Easter Promotion!

Easter VPN Promotion

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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Take Advantage of Our Valentine’s Day Promotion!

Valentine's Day Promotion

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 72% 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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“Feel the Holiday Cheer” 2021 Promotion

Christmas Promo

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 Prime Video, BBC iPlayer, and/or HBO.

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.

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Halloween Promotion – Up to 72% OFF!

Halloween Promo

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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Great News – WireGuard Is Now Available in All Our Apps!

CactusVPN Windows App

Back in November, we announced that our service started supporting WireGuard®. Since then, we’ve been working hard to make sure you can use it on all our apps natively (without any manual setup being necessary).

We’re happy to say you can now do this! Just head into your apps’ Settings section, and pick WireGuard from the list of VPN protocols.

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Split Tunneling Added to Android, Android TV, Fire TV Apps

Split Tunneling in Android and Fire TV Apps

We’re happy to let you know that we’ve just rolled out a new update for our Android, Android TV and Fire TV apps – version 3.3. So be sure to update to it ASAP. Otherwise, you won’t be able to enjoy the new Split Tunneling feature we just added.

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IP address changes on Romanian VPN/Proxy servers

Benefits of Proxy Server

We would like to inform you that we have changed the location and the IP address of our Romanian VPN/Proxy server. Starting today, the new location is Iasi (instead of Bucharest) and this server will be accessible only using the new IP address.

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Two New VPN Servers Locations – New York City and Dallas!


Great news! We carefully listened to all user feedback, and grew our VPN server list with two new locations in USA: New York City and Dallas.

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IP address changes on Los Angeles & Seattle VPN/Proxy servers

Benefits of Proxy Server

We would like to inform you that we have changed the IP addresses of our Los Angeles & Seattle VPN/Proxy servers. Starting today, these servers will be accessible only using the new IP addresses.

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CactusVPN Gets Accepted in Tom Spark’s RVP (Reputable VPN Program)!

Tom Spark RVP

We’d like to take this moment to let all our users know CactusVPN was officially accepted in Tom Spark’s (RVP) Reputable VPN Program. If you’re not familiar with Tom Sparks, he’s a popular VPN reviewer who also does other tech and gadget reviews.

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We Just Started Unblocking Indian Websites with Our Smart DNS

Unblock Indian Websites

India is home to a lot of awesome entertainment. Unfortunately, geo-blocks are stopping you from enjoying it – whether you live in a different country or are an Indian who’s traveling abroad.

Not to worry, though – due to popular demand, we recently started unblocking Indian sites with our Smart DNS service. Whether you want to binge on-demand content or listen to the latest hits, CactusVPN has got you covered!

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IP address changes on Stockholm VPN/Proxy server

Benefits of Proxy Server

We would like to inform you that we are changing the IP addresses of our Sweden, Stockholm VPN/Proxy server. Starting with January 7, this server will be accessible only using the new IP addresses.

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What Does a VPN Hide? (And What It Doesn’t)

What Does a VPN Hide

What does a VPN hide, exactly? And what doesn’t it hide?

We’ll do our best to answer those questions in this guide. We have a full FAQ section down below, so feel free to skip to the question that interests you the most.

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CactusVPN Now Supports WireGuard!


WireGuard® is becoming really popular, and we believe it will experience mass adoption in the next year or two. So we decided to get a head start on this which is why we added it to our long list of supported protocols.

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Obfuscation and Encryption Settings Added to Windows App

Obfuscation and Encryption Settings

We just released a new update for our Windows app – version 6.6. So be sure to update to it ASAP. Otherwise, you won’t be able to enjoy the two new features we just added:

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How to Know If Your Phone Is Hacked

How to Know If Your Phone Is Hacked

Like all people, you probably use your phone for pretty much everything nowadays – checking your email, sending and receiving money, buying things, working, passing the time, etc. It’d be a shame if someone were to hack it and stop you from doing all that when you least expect it.

If we got you a bit worried, sorry – but this is a serious concern nowadays. Don’t worry, though – we’ll teach you how to protect yourself, how to know if your phone is hacked, and what to do if your phone has been hacked.

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Anti-Tracking Software for More Private Web Surfing

Anti-Tracking Software

Looking for a way to get rid of online surveillance? Can anti-tracking software help?

Yes, it can – but only to a certain extent. We’ll tell you which solutions you can use, and what their limits are in this quick guide.

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Get the Best VPN for Multiple Devices Right Now

best vpn for multiple devices

Should a VPN work on multiple devices or just one or two?

We’ve been asked that a lot lately, and we saw some people on Reddit wondering about that too. We’ll tell you why a multi-device VPN is the right pick in this article, and we’ll also show you how CactusVPN is the best VPN for multiple devices.

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VPN Giveaway

VPN Giveaway

The October giveaway has ended. The list of winners is given below and even if you haven’t won it this month, you can try again next month. Congratulations to the winners!

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Is a VPN Safe for Online Banking?

Is a VPN Safe for Online Banking

Internet banking has become more and more popular – especially since the COVID-19 pandemic started. It’s not surprising seeing how convenient it is. But just how safe is online banking, actually?

Well, the security normally is pretty decent. Still, hackers have been ramping up their attacks against online banking – at least according to the FBI. So you should take some precautions.

Does that mean you need to start using a VPN? Is a VPN safe for online banking to begin with?

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You Can Now Unblock Italian Websites with CactusVPN

Unblock Italian Websites

We’re happy to announce that we expanded our library of unblocked geo-restricted websites with new sites – this time from Italy.

Starting right now, you can use our Smart DNS to unblock the following websites:

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IP address changes on Amsterdam1 and Amsterdam3 VPN servers


We would like to inform you that we are changing the IP addresses of our Amsterdam1 and Amsterdam3 VPN/Proxy servers. Starting with September 30, these servers will be accessible only using the new IP addresses.

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How to Get a US IP Address (4 Options)

Get a US IP Address

Interested in switching your IP address to a US IP address? Or want to learn more about why some people do that?

You came to the right place! We hope this guide will answer all your questions.

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Can You Be Tracked If You Use a VPN?

Can You Be Tracked If You Use a VPN?

VPNs are an excellent way to protect your online privacy and data. Besides unblocking geo-restricted content, that’s probably the second main reason people use VPNs in the first place.

There’s just one thing that’s probably on your mind – can you be tracked if you use a VPN?

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Can ISPs Block VPN Connections?

Can ISPs Block VPN

VPNs are awesome tools – they help you unblock geo-restricted content, stop bandwidth throttling, secure your data, and so much more. 

Not to mention they stop your ISP from snooping on your web traffic. Though, you have to wonder – can ISPs block VPN connections if they want to? Assuming they have a problem with you using a VPN in the first place.

Well, we hate to be the bearers of bad news, but yes, they can do that. We’ll show how they can do it, and offer some solutions + answer some relevant questions.

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Save Up to 72% with Our Autumn Promo!


The coziest season of the year has finally arrived! Time to snuggle up on the couch with your favorite Netflix shows while the rain’s pouring outside. Or plan which horror movies and series you’ll binge on Halloween.

Well, we here at CactusVPN want to help you make the most of this season. That’s why we’re offering this outrageously low discount on all our services!

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ISP Blocking Torrenting? How to Fight Back

ISP Blocking Torrenting

Think you might be dealing with an ISP blocking torrenting? 

You’re not alone. Dozens of ISPs are causing problems for torrent users.


Most likely to protect themselves against DMCA notices and threatening letters from lawyers. And to respect laws that are against torrenting.

We’ll discuss this topic more in-depth in this article – how ISPs detect torrenting, how they block it, and what you can do about it.

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ISP Blocking Websites? Here’s What to Do

isp blocking websites

Got a feeling you’re dealing with an ISP blocking websites?

Don’t doubt your gut instinct. It happens pretty often – both in places with oppressive regimes and in democratic countries.

We’ll tell you everything you need to know about ISPs blocking websites in this guide – how they do it, how to tell if they’re doing it, and how to remove ISP blocking.

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CactusVPN Now Offers Obfuscation


Governments are starting to realize how VPNs help people bypass censorship, so some of them have started blocking VPN traffic (like China, for example). 

Well, that doesn’t sit well with us. So we’re proud to announce that CactusVPN now supports VPN obfuscation through obfsproxy.

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What Is the Netflix Proxy Error? (How to Fix It)

Netflix Proxy Error

Netflix is full of awesome entertainment. Too bad you gotta deal with geo-blocks to enjoy all of it. Luckily, VPNs and proxies help you bypass them.

At least until you see the Netflix proxy error.

That doesn’t have to be the end of the good times, though. We’ll tell you all about that error in this article, including how to bypass it.

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Does a VPN Protect You from Hackers?

Does a VPN Protect You from Hackers?

VPNs can do a lot – bypass firewalls and geo-blocks, hide your browsing, help you get better deals, etc.

But does a VPN protect you from hackers too? You probably know it encrypts your traffic, but does that mean you’re safe from all cyber attacks?

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Do You Need a VPN at Work?

Do You Need a VPN at Work?

You’ve probably seen a ton of articles talking about why you should use a VPN, but have you ever asked yourself if you need a VPN at work?

There actually are some perks if you use the service, but getting a VPN at work isn’t so simple. We’ll cover everything you need to know in this quick article.

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How to Encrypt Internet Connections (6 Options)

How to Encrypt Internet Connections

Encrypting Internet traffic sounds cool, but how exactly do you do it? And what are the perks of bothering with this in the first place?

Well, here’s an in-depth and easy-to-scan article about how to encrypt Internet connections. Don’t worry – it’s a quick read, nine minutes tops.

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Three New Servers Are Now Available

VPN Servers Seattle, Italy, Sweden

After recently adding five new locations, we decided to keep the ball rolling and implement even more of your feedback. So we added three new servers that many users asked for:

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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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We Just Added Five New VPN Servers Locations!

New VPN Server Locations

Great news! We carefully listened to all user feedback, and grew our VPN server list with five new locations in Europe, South America, and Asia. Here are the servers you are already able to use:

  1. Brazil, Franca
  2. Portugal, Tomar
  3. Russia, Moscow
  4. Malaysia, Cyberjaya
  5. India, Faridabad
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Unblock Russian Websites Starting Today

Unblock Russian Websites

We listened to our users, and we expanded our Smart DNS content library with new websites – this time from Russia.

Starting right now, you can use our Smart DNS to unblock the following websites:

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How to Watch Sky Sports in USA

How to Watch Sky Sports in USA

Sky Sports offers a ton of awesome sports content – NBA, NFL, football, cricket, boxing, tennis, golf. The list goes on and on. It’s just too bad you can’t enjoy any of that if you’re in the US, or are a Brit who’s moving or traveling there.

Don’t worry, though – we’ll show you how to watch Sky Sports in USA with three simple methods.

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How to Encrypt Email (Complete Guide)

how to encrypt email

Email is a natural part of our lives nowadays. You use it for pretty much anything – work, keeping in touch, making reservations, buying tickets, etc. 

But email isn’t as secure as you’d like to believe. Which is why you need to learn how to encrypt email messages ASAP.

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How to Unblock Online Games at School Today

Bummed out you can’t spend your lunch break or boring classes playing your favorite games on Miniclip or Kongregate? Or that you can’t check the app store for the latest releases, or run the online games on your device?

It’s frustrating, we know, but – luckily – there are ways you can unblock online games at school. Here’s all you need to know:

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We Just Released macOS App Version 7

macOS App Version 7

We’re happy to announce a new update for our macOS app – version 7. It will bring a lot of tweaks and a neat new feature that will offer you a ton of convenience.

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7 Simple Tips to Get Facebook Unblocked at School Fast

unblock facebook at school

Facebook is a great website to pass the time, entertain yourself, and keep in touch with your friends. It’s just a shame you often have to get Facebook unblocked at school first before you can enjoy it.

Don’t worry, though – doing that isn’t as hard as it seems. We’ll show you what you need to do to unblock Facebook at school quickly and easily in this article.

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How to Hide Torrenting from Your ISP

How to Hide Torrenting from Your ISP

Torrenting opens up a world of possibilities for people – unrestricted access to entertainment, information, and software you need to make it big in your line of work.

However, not everyone sees torrenting in a positive light – especially ISPs. So, you need to learn how to hide torrenting from your ISP to enjoy peace of mind.

If you want to learn about that, we’ll cover everything you need to know in this article.

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How Hackers Can Spoof IP Address & How to Protect Yourself

ip spoofing

When you say IP spoofing, you normally think of people using a VPN, proxy, or Tor to hide their real IP address.

However, that actually refers to something different – hackers who spoof IP address for malicious purposes.

If you want to find out more about that, check out this 4-minute read.

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New & Better Way to Sign in on Our iPhone & iPad App

CactusVPN iPhone App

Good news for our iOS users – you no longer need to switch login screens to separately use our Smart DNS and VPN services.

Even better – you won’t need to use two different login credentials: your Smart DNS key and the VPN username and password.

We updated the iPhone & iPad apps, and there’s now just one single sign-in screen. To log in, you’ll only need the email address you use on your CactusVPN account, and the account’s password. Once you type those in, you can use and switch between services.

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How to Change IP Address (6 Options)

How to Change IP Address

Your IP address acts as an identifier for the device you use to access the web. While it makes it possible to communicate with websites, it can also endanger your privacy if you don’t bother hiding it.

Doing that sounds complicated, yes, but it doesn’t need to be. We’ll show you how to change IP address in this guide.

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Want to Get Instagram Unblocked at School Quick and Easy?

Instagram Unblocked at School

Instagram is an awesome platform where you can meet new people, chat with friends, and show the world how much fun you had at your best friend’s house party over the weekend.

Unfortunately, all that stops if you’re one of the many unlucky students who need to get Instagram unblocked at school.

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Is Tor Safe for Online Browsing? (Not Really – Here’s Why)

Is Tor Safe

With nearly two million people using it, the Tor network is one of the most popular ways to anonymize your online browsing right now.

But you got to wonder – is Tor safe, actually?

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The Top 8 VPN Security Risks (What to Look Out for)

vpn security risks

VPNs are a great way to protect your Internet traffic and privacy from government surveillance, ISP snooping, and nosy hackers.

But did you know you can also expose yourself to VPN security risks if you’re not careful?

Here’s all you need to know about that.

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