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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CactusVPN Keeps You Safe. VOIP Over VPN.

VOIP Over VPNPeople with mobile phones should be nervous. Recent news tells us that most cell phone SIM cards have been hacked!

This means that governments and bad people can listen in on all your voice conversations and Internet activity in real time. This is a total invasion of your privacy.
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New UK VPN server from London

UK VPNWe have some great news for our customers and that is that we have opened another server in London, UK! This should hopefully help share the load more evenly and may net you even a better experience than the current UK servers we have.
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Internet censorship across the globe (part 2)

Internet censorshipDisclaimer: This is a guest post written by one of our users.

A while ago I wrote an article that detailed some of the internet censorship that happens across the world and now I am going to continue on and describe some more. I am writing this “series” of articles as an attempt to open some people’s eyes to the extent of censorship that goes on throughout the world, especially to what now are probably the minority living in countries that don’t try and control the internet.
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CactusVPN Giveaway February 2015

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Update! March 2, 2015. This giveaway has ended. The winners are announced.

Its giveaway time of the month again and as always we are going to be giving away a full three months free of our premium VPN and Smart DNS package for some very lucky people to get their hands on. You will be getting full access to all that CactusVPN has to offer so if you have been thinking of trying us out why not enter and try your luck.
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How to stem the piracy tide (part 2)

VPN providerIn the last article I described in detail where exactly I feel companies are getting it all wrong and are losing out to piracy, now I will share what I feel is the solution.

Now we come to what I consider the strangest part of the whole fiasco and that is geo-blocking potential PAYING customers in pursuit of… more money. Its paradox at its finest, due to various contract agreements, licensing and local statutes that have to be adhered by (like age ratings for example), you could maybe start to understand the reasons why. Continue reading

How to stem the piracy tide

VPN ServicesThis past year leading up to today has been a time for the discussion of internet file sharing (or piracy). As the internet continues to grow exponentially and slowly the mantra “there are no oceans on the internet” starts to become more and more true, companies and governments are looking to stop this progress and segregate us all, all in the pursuit of money which, as I will now explain, is the height of irony.
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CactusVPN upgraded all servers to Softether Perfect Forward Secrecy

SoftEther VPN ProtocolCactusVPN’s Softether servers now support Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS). PFS encryption is better because encryption keys change every time you start a VPN session (ephemeral encryption). So even if an attacker was to ‘crack’ one VPN session (steel the encryption keys) that information would not help them decrypt any past or future VPN sessions. PFS is the strongest encryption practice available.
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50% OFF for VPN for Valentine’s Day

50% OFF for VPN for Valentine's Day

Update! February 16, 2015. This promotion has ended.

I’m sure most of you are aware that very soon Valentines will be here, now for some Valentines is a great day to spend with their other half, for others it can be a rather lonely day but no matter what Valentine’s Day means to you we here at CactusVPN will hopefully make it a good one.
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New VPN servers in Netherlands and Romania

New VPN servers in Netherlands and RomaniaOur first Romanian VPN server was a success so we present you the second one – Bucharest2. It is as good as the Bucharest server. Additionally we’ve replaced three Netherlands server: Amsterdam, Amsterdam 3 and Amsterdam 4 with two brand new 1 Gbit servers also in Amsterdam. So, before this there were 5 servers in Netherlands plus one in Romania and now we have four servers in Netherlands and two in Romania.
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Why some logging is necessary

VPNLogging is very dirty word to use when speaking about services used for anonymity purposes and rightly so may I add but I think there is a fundamental misunderstanding about logging that needs to be looked at.

We here at CactusVPN out rightly state that we only keep connection logs for up to three days and that these logs hold absolutely no sensitive information but alas some people see that there is logging taking place and dismiss such a service altogether. Connection logs are information about your connection time and do not contain anything about your traffic history. Continue reading

Using a VPN won’t cripple your speed

VPN SpeedThe number one “myth” of VPN usage is that it radically hampers your bandwidth. Now depending on what provider you use that may actually be the case but if you take the time to choose one with fantastic speeds in a variety of countries you may well find your bandwidth doesn’t take that much of a hit. Now I should leave a disclaimer that there will always be at least a little speed loss but this is to be expected due to the extra step your data has to take, for the benefits you receive though I would say losing 1 or 2 Mbps isn’t that big of a deal.
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WebRTC security leak

WebRTC security leakYou may have heard the news over the past few days over the security flaw that meant VPN users IP addresses have been leaked. On the surface it can be a relatively worrying thing, of course you want your VPN to do your job. Don’t fret though, it really isn’t as big of a problem as it is made out to be and there are some relatively easy fix.
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CactusVPN 3rd Birthday!

CactusVPN Birthday

Update! February 6, 2015. This promotion has ended.

The start of this month is a rather important one for us here at CactusVPN, why I hear you ask? Well it is our third birthday and of course everyone is invited. The service has certainly evolved over the years, always keeping in line with where internet security was and is going, especially with the various revelations over the past few years of various government institutions spying on citizens as they browse the internet.
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Why VPNs will soon become (more) commonplace

vpn-popularityThe news for the past couple of years, last year in particular, has been absolutely inundated with various revelations of our governments spying on us whilst we use the internet. Perhaps its not all that surprising. I think we all kind of have an inkling that this is probably the case but to see the evidence laid out in front of you it paints a whole new picture. One of complete disrespect for pretty much anyone that uses the internet because institutions like the NSA are watching pretty much every single one of us (or at least have the power to do so) as we go about our business on the internet. I don’t know about you but that doesn’t sit quite right with me.
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CactusVPN app for iOS

CactusVPN iOS appWorld is very mobile nowadays. And your phone requires security not less than your computer. We were working on the iOS app for more than half a year already. There were a lot of problems to solve but we have finally released the CactusVPN app for iOS.
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Using a VPN when shopping online

Secure Online ShoppingOf course here at CactusVPN we recommend you use a VPN all of the time, it’s a logical decision when you take into account the amount of things that can go wrong. If you don’t take the correct precautions when using the internet, its very simple to think that things like “hackers” spying on what you do on the internet will never happen to you. But nowadays it is a relatively simple process for those that really want access to your information. To combat this though it is also relatively simple to block anyone from seeing what you do on the internet and of course that way is with a VPN (combined with the correct protocol).
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CactusVPN Giveaway January 2015

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Update! January 26, 2015. This giveaway has ended. The winners are announced.

December has come and gone and now we start a new year bright eyed and bushy tailed. For some new year is a way to put what has come in the past year and put it behind them for others its an excuse to drink a little bit more than they used to. Whatever you wanted to do on New Years we at CactusVPN would like to hope you got to do it and had a good night. To start the year off right though we need a giveaway and this month is no exception as well are giving away 3 free months of both our VPN and Smart DNS services for you to play with.
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Why using a VPN for gaming is a good idea

Using a VPN for gamingThose of us that play games online will know that keeping latency to a minimum is an absolute must. If you are going to be able compete efficiently you don’t want to be “rubberbanding” every time you try and play online, you simply wont be able to keep up and this can leave and has left many people very frustrated. So when it comes to using a VPN for gaming you may be thinking that using one will only introduce another step in the connection and therefore slowing you down and introducing latency problems. Of course to a certain extent that is correct when you use a VPN for playing online but believe it or not with CactusVPN, I have only seen a 10-15 ms increase in my ping (this value can be lower or higher depending on server choice etc.) and whilst playing online I felt no noticeable lag (other than my complete ineptitude with games sometimes). Are there any benefits from playing online with a VPN though? Indeed there are.
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Internet censorship across the globe

Internet censorshipDisclaimer: This is a guest post written by one of our users.

As of late we have had a seemingly endless stream of news of various companies and government trying to censor the internet. Whether it be various torrent sites or websites that simply disagree with the status quo, nothing seems to be safe anymore unless you toe the line, which is sad because at the best of times the internet is a place where we can meet other people and experience different points of view that we never would have the chance to in real life.
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