CactusVPN VPN Blog

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.

What is the POODLE SSL Exploit? Can it harm internet users?

POODLE SSL Exploit

While it might sound cute and harmless, POODLE SSL Exploit is the exact opposite. POODLE SSL Exploit is a hacking method that can give third parties access to what you are transmitting online and allowing them to crack through encryptions. This attack is able to exploit the weakness in the encryptions used to protect the HTTPS protocol. Continue reading

PeerBlock VS VPN – What to use to be safe online

PeerBlock VS VPN

There are plenty of things to discuss when it comes to online privacy and surfing the web unhinged by any geo-restrictions forcefully imposed. There are a lot of websites that offer software capable of shielding you from everything bad, but this doesn’t mean it’s true. Continue reading

Black Friday + Thanksgiving + Cyber Monday Promo

Thanksgiving vpn discount

Why create 3 different promotions for Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving and Black Friday when you can have one amazing promotion running for two whole weeks?

We figured it would be best if we went with the latter. Therefore, between the 14th and 28th of November, you can get up to 54% discount on our products!
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VPN Giveaway

VPN Giveaway

The November 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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New Cryptocurrencies accepted as payment method

New Cryptocurrencies

Our efforts to make things easier and safer for you on the mean world wide web translated lately in a series of new additions to the list of accepted payment methods.

We always struggle to find ways of making your experience with us better and since we already know that you care about your online privacy and safety, we decided it was time to add some new payment methods which expand the ways you can purchase our services.
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How to protect your online privacy at work

Online Privacy at Work

Online privacy by itself can prove to be a challenge for most of us in the current international environment. With governments closely monitoring the online activities of millions of people from many countries and with online services having the ability to track online movements of their customers, staying truly anonymous online is nowadays close to impossible. Now, when it comes to privacy at work, things can be even more problematic. Since every employer in the world would like to get as much as possible for the money they’re paying the employees, they will use every means to avoid slackers and people spending time doing something else. Continue reading

Easier sign in process for Android TV and Amazon Fire TV

New sign in process for Android TV and Amazon Fire TV

The good news keep on rolling with CactusVPN! After the launch of our Android TV and Amazon Fire TV Smart DNS apps, we discovered an improvement that needed to be done on the sign in feature of both apps. Continue reading

54% Halloween VPN discounts

Halloween VPN promotion

Update! November 3 26, 2017. This promotion has ended.This Halloween, trick or treat your way to up to 54% off on VPN and Smart DNS packages here at CactusVPN. Get in the Halloween spirit! Browse the internet safely, without having your online movements tracked, at amazingly low prices! Continue reading

WPA2 Wi-Fi is not secure

WPA2 Wi-Fi is not secure

An announcement was made recently about the WPA2 security protocol and the news seem to be pretty bad. Vulnerabilities were found in the WPA2 devices and what is particularly worrying is the fact that WPA2 is a modern security protocol, considered by many the most secure one available. Continue reading

How to protect yourself against Cyber Monday scams

Cyber Monday Scams

Since Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, a new shopping season is about to start. We all know how exciting it is to dive into the Cyber Monday, Black Friday and Christmas sales and “shop ‘til you drop” but there’s something you may not have considered until now. Is it really safe to shop online around the big holidays? There’s a couple of common scams Cyber Monday scams you can fall for, so be sure to stay informed and learn how to avoid online scams. Thanks to our experts, you will now have all the information you need. Continue reading

CactusVPN launches Amazon Fire TV VPN App

CactusVPN Amazon Fire TV App

They say good news travel fast, so make sure to let everybody know that CactusVPN made a great addition to the big list of ways it makes your life easier online! A brand new Amazon Fire TV VPN app is now available!

Because we know it’s important for you to have access to your favorite streaming platforms and online services from any device, we decided to help you bypass geo-restrictions while also staying safe, directly from your Fire TV device! Continue reading

CactusVPN launches Android TV VPN App

CactusVPN Android TV App

Awesome news for CactusVPN users! You can now install the CactusVPN VPN app directly on your Android TV!

We know how important it is for you to be able to easily access your VPN and Smart DNS on any device. And that is exactly why we decided to give you the option to access the internet through CactusVPN effortlessly from your Smart TV.
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Whatsapp is blocked in China

Whatsapp Blocked in China

Following a series of several other moves to strengthen online censorship in the last couple of months, China has now largely blocked the Whatsapp messaging app. This is considered by many specialists a move made by Beijing in order to improve online surveillance before a big Communist Party gathering scheduled for next month. Continue reading

Piracy websites to be blocked in Canada?

Piracy Websites Blocked in Canada

Canada is believed to be a safe haven for online piracy, with more people leaving the regulated TV system each year to watch free content online. 1.88 billion visits were made last year by Canadians to piracy websites only last year and the problem is constantly growing.

According to Rob Malcolmson, Bell’s senior VP of regulatory affairs, the plan to block piracy websites in Canada would work as follows: a blacklist should be created, on which to be included all the websites that illegally stream free content, list that would then be passed along to all ISPs in Canada, which in the end would simply block their users’ access to said websites.
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IP address changes on Amsterdam2, Netherlands VPN server

Netherlands

We have upgraded our Amsterdam2, Netherlands VPN server and we had to change it’s IP address. If you use or plan to use this server here is what you should do:
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New data retention law in Sweden?

Data Retention

Bahnhof.se, one of the biggest ISPs from Sweden recently published an article regarding a leaked law proposal containing details about a new data retention law that could be put in place, despite the fact that the European Union declared this practice as illegal. Continue reading

CactusVPN iOS VPN App Updated

iOS VPN App Updated

For all those that kept a close watch on CactusVPN, the good news keeps coming! After the IKEv2 VPN support protocol introduction news, we made some very important changes to our VPN iOS app. You can now connect directly through the app! Continue reading

IKEv2 VPN Protocol added on all CactusVPN servers

IKEv2 VPN Protocol

If you already are a customer of CactusVPN, or you are just thinking of starting using our services, it’s important to know that we have introduced one of the best and most modern VPN protocols: the IKEv2 VPN Protocol.

CactusVPN wants to make sure that your internet experience isn’t hindered by any inconvenience of any kind and this is why we have just added support for this type of VPN protocol: IKEv2. Continue reading

EternalBlue used for hacking hotels’ WIFI networks in Europe

Hacking Hotels' Wi-Fi

If you’re someone who fears the worst, you ought to know the worst has already happened: hotel WiFi can no longer be considered a safe option for travellers. This was a lesson learned the hard way, as real people have tasted the bitter medicine of one of the most prolific group of hackers in the world.
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Should I use a VPN for Android?

VPN for Android

VPN solutions have popped up like mushrooms after rain, especially given the increasing level of internet surveillance and use of geo-restriction. Whether you’ve been already using VPN for your personal computer or not, it’s only natural that you’d want the device closest and dearest to you (you guessed it right, your phone!) to be equally protected and safe. There are many solutions for this out there, with many claiming to be the “best VPN for Android”. But before making any hasty decisions, let’s take a closer look at the processes behind the technological curtain. Continue reading

VPN apps removed from the App Store in China

China

The Internet freedom took yet another blow as VPN apps have been deleted from China’s App Store. These have been vastly used in the past years by internet users, in their attempt to overcome the strict censorship system.

According to Apple officials, the VPN apps contain content that is illegal in this country, violating therefore Apple’s policies and which finally led to their removal from the Chinese version of the App Store. Continue reading

Putin signs ban of VPNs in Russia

Russia Ban VPNs

President Vladimir Putin signed the law that prohibits the use of VPN services to access blocked websites in Russia. This comes only one day after Apple announced that VPN apps have been removed from the China App Store. Continue reading

CactusVPN Android App Improvements

CactusVPN Android App

Because we always struggle to deliver the best possible services to our customers, we are proud to announce that our Android VPN App has been constantly updated within the past couple of months and it is now in its most advanced state yet. Continue reading

Internet Kill Switch added to our Windows and macOS Apps

CactusVPN App

At CactusVPN we’re passionate about building new features and functionalities to delight our users and improve their online experiences. Now, we are thrilled to announce that we’ve added yet another feature – the “Internet Kill Switch” functionality. So whether you are using our Windows app or the macOS app, you get to benefit from this small but extremely useful improvement. Continue reading

Is an iPhone VPN necessary, despite the iPhone encryption?

VPN for iPhone

Apple has made it abundantly clear since the introduction of iOS 8 in 2014, that all their devices are encrypted and therefore protected against hackers and thieves. But is that all you need in order to have your online privacy and sensitive data protected or do you also need a VPN for iPhone? Let’s find the answer together by exploring all aspects below.
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Russian Duma voted the Ban of VPNs

Russia Ban VPNs

The Parliament voted a bill in Russia on Friday, which would outlaw any web tools that allow Internet users to bypass officially banned websites and access restricted content. This is the latest step Russia has taken in the effort of tightening online services control and has been justified as a necessary measure against extremist content that’s been spreading in online communities.
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New Data Mining Law approved in Netherlands

Government spying

A new data mining law has recently been voted for in the Dutch Senate. The senators approved the Interior Minister’s data mining law and have hereby granted the Dutch Intelligence services the authority to intercept data at a much more in-depth level. The changes will take effect on January 1st 2018. There are some big changes this new data mining law brings about, the most important of which being the fact that the intelligence service AIVD and its military counterpart MIVD will have the power to intercept much more online communications than they did until now.
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Smart DNS added to our iOS app

iOS Smart DNS App

That’s right! More good news for our iOS app users! We know that in the fast-paced online world, you come across many challenges. But worry not, as we are always crafting and improving our products to fit every user’s needs. Apart from safety online, we believe in free access to all content for everyone. Continue reading

CactusVPN unblocks Swedish websites

CactusVPN unblocks Swedish websites

Good news for those who wish to access websites blocked outside Sweden! We are very excited to announce that we have started unblocking geo-restricted websites from Sweden with our Smart DNS technology. Continue reading

OpenVPN updated for the CactusVPN Windows and macOS apps

CactusVPN Software 5

Good news for all CactusVPN apps users! We are happy to introduce you to the newest version of our VPN apps for Windows and macOS.

This is one of the many things we have been working on in order to build the best ever experiences and offer the highest level of security for our users. The new improvement focuses on the update of the OpenVPN protocol to its latest 2.4.2 version. It’s worth mentioning that OpenVPN is the most secure VPN protocol and now you can benefit from it’s latest version using our Windows VPN app and macOS VPN app. Continue reading

Summer Lovin’ Promotion, Up to 54% OFF

VPN Promotion

Update! June 26, 2017. This promotion has ended.Summer’s getting hotter and most of us are already thinking about a well-deserved vacation. So in case you’re not planning on travelling to a deserted island, you will probably pack your laptop, tablet and smart phone along with your sunscreen.

We’re adding a bit of excitement to your summer with this amazing promotion. Continue reading

The Australian Government Demands Access to Encrypted Messages

Australian Goverment

Following the UK model, Australia, wants to give governmental intelligence and security agencies the power to compel large internet and telecommunications companies such as Google, Facebook and Apple to assist them in accessing encrypted data in counter-terrorism efforts. Continue reading

Russian Duma introduced a bill to Ban VPNs

Russia Ban VPNs

The Russian government continues the war against free access to online information and the tools that enable uncensored internet access. Today, June 8, The Duma introduced a bill that would manage to declare any type of technology that allows users to bypass website blocks as illegal. Continue reading

Snowden warns about mass surveillance in Japan

Edward Snowden

The infamous whistleblower Edward Snowden who made public a series of NSA classified surveillance programs in 2013 warns that the Japanese citizens could soon face an outbreak of “mass surveillance” on the internet. The Japanese government is currently making efforts to adopt a bill in order to extend police powers to take counterterrorism measures. Continue reading

The British Prime Minister Theresa May blames the internet for the terrorist attacks

Theresa May

In the light of the recent terror attacks, The Prime Minister Theresa May is planning to regulate the internet and online encryption. She also blames the major companies for “giving the terrorists safe space to bread”. This statement came right after the London Bridge terror attack on Saturday where seven people have been killed and dozens injured. Continue reading

British Prime Minister Theresa May Wants to Control the Internet

Theresa May

UK Prime Minister Theresa May wants full control over the internet and gives new powers to her government to seize ‘indiscriminate control of the internet’.

The leader of the British Conservative Party initiated a manifesto demanding new controls over the internet by presumably changing its architecture, setting the tone for the total elimination of online free speech. Continue reading

FCC votes to move forward with net neutrality rollback in the US

FCC

On Thursday, May 18th, during an open commission meeting, the US Federal Communications Commission voted 2-1 on moving forward with undoing rules enacted under the Obama administration on internet neutrality.

The controversial aftereffect of the initial vote for internet neutrality will now go through an official public debate before a final vote. Continue reading

Putin Signed a Decree Against Anonymity on the Internet

Russia Ban VPNs

Russia’s war against the internet and online media continues as the Russian President Vladimir Putin signed today a decree against anonymity on the Internet. This adds to the increasing repressive measures that the Russian authorities have brought in to censor and control the Internet and all media-like content. Continue reading

New Updates for Windows and macOS Apps

CactusVPN Software 5

We always find new ways to create the best services for our users here at CactusVPN. To make this possible, we’ve added a number of new features to our Windows and macOS VPN apps that greatly enhance functionality and overall user experience. Many of these improvements expand on the existing capabilities of the apps, allowing users to customize their processes. Continue reading

British government increases surveillance over communications

Government spying

The UK is one step away from becoming one of the world’s leading internet and telecom surveillance states. By allowing its officials and intelligence agencies to spy on its own citizens, the UK institutes a new and unprecedented record for a democratic country. Continue reading

Russia Threatens to Ban VPNs

Russia Ban VPNs

When it comes to internet restrictions and regulations over the last 2 years, no other country has been more ‘proactive’ than Russia.

Russia is apparently launching a new war against the use of VPNs, increasing censorship yet again through the Federal Service for Supervision aka the Roskomnadzor. The initiative taken by the Russian Security Council threatens to block anonymous proxies that allow users to access forbidden websites.
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New VPN Server in Australia

Australia

We always strive to offer our customers the best and most secure tech solutions and today, we are pleased to announce that we have a brand new addition to our portfolio. You now have the opportunity to enjoy a brand new state-of-the-art VPN server based in Sydney, Australia.
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Brand New 1 Gbps VPN server in Seoul

South Korea

We are thrilled to announce that our services are now available all across East Asia and are especially dedicated to our clients from China. Whether you live within the East Asian borders or planning any travels in the area, you will now get to experience a secure Internet connection with no restrictions using our new VPN server in Seoul.
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CactusVPN Windows and macOS apps have been updated

CactusVPN Software 5

We are always working on our desktop CactusVPN apps and today we have a new update out for the Windows and macOS variants.

Changes to both the Windows and macOS include a completely redesigned user interface to make it easier to navigate, general code improvements to both versions, our macOS app now can remember the last used VPN server and improved Notifications and Updates features.
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Easter VPN Promotion, up to 54% off!

Easter VPN Promotion

Update! April 21, 2017. This promotion has ended.In preperation for Easter we will be discounting up to 54% off all of the packages that we offer. This deal will be valid until the 20th of April.

This means you can get access to both our VPN and Smart DNS services cheap, a good start to Easter I am sure you will agree.
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German VPN Server added to our Liberty VPN Package

Germany VPN

We are very happy to announce that we have added our German VPN server to our Liberty VPN package. This means that we allow now downloading torrents on our VPN server from Germany. Of course alongside you can still continue to use the four servers from Netherlands and two Romanian servers that were available beforehand. All of these VPN servers offer a gigabit connection meaning that you get the fastest possible connection, no matter where you are.
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US Congress has killed Digital Privacy Regulations

US senate

Last week the writing was on the wall and now finally The House has killed the Digital Privacy regulations that were enacted last October. This now means that ISPs are legally allowed to sell and share customers private browsing data with anyone they please. Users do not get a say in this and your browsing history WILL be sold to the highest bidder.
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US Senate votes to remove recent FCC web browsing privacy laws

US senate

US Republicans have voted to kill the FCC internet privacy laws that were only enacted last October and made it so that ISPs had to obtain permission to sell on user’s private browsing histories.
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Start St. Patrick’s Day Party with our great VPN discount

VPN Promotion

Update! March 20, 2017. This promotion has ended.Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of you, friends! May your troubles be less, your blessings be more and a discount from us that you’ll love it for sure!

From 13th to 19th of March our VPN, Smart DNS or both services combined into one single package are up to 54% cheaper. And that’s not the only great news. Because our offer comes with some new servers in Canada (Montreal), Germany (Nuremberg) and France (Paris). And you can get access to all of them with the VPN + Smart DNS package and no extra charge. Did we heard a Hooray? Because you get all the fun that you want and all the online privacy you need, for less than half the price we usually charge.

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Get to know our CEO Sergiu Candja in an exclusive interview

CactusVPN

When you think about a VPN provider, the first words that pop to mind, probably most of the times, are security protocols, servers, encryption technologies, speed performances and so on. But behind all these mandatory features are often passionate people that are giving, every day, their best to deliver top services. We, from CactusVPN, are among them.
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