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.

New privacy rules for Europe

European Commission Privacy

New European privacy rules are hitting the headlines these days. Apparently, when it comes to online privacy, EU means business. And we say that in a good way. Recently, European Commission published E-privacy Directive, a report that intents to defend users’ right to privacy and to limit profiling and surveillance activities from companies like Facebook, WhatsApp, Google and Microsoft.
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We Added Smart DNS to Our Android VPN App

Android Smart DNS App

Do you want an easier access to Smart DNS? Well, great news everybody! Our Android VPN app has an important new upgrade. From now on you can use it to access Smart DNS from your Android phone also. And guess what?! You don’t have to connect manually anymore. With this app new feature all you have to do is sign in and enable Smart DNS. Do you want to see how smooth it works? Just give it a try! Run the app, choose the Smart DNS tab, enable Smart DNS and that’s it! You are good to go!
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VPN Giveaway

VPN Giveaway

The January 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!

If you are a winner, please send us a message on Facebook so we could provide info how to get your prize.

January VPN Giveaway Winners:

If you can’t wait until the next giveaway to try out our service we of course have free trials on offer. We have a 24-hours free VPN trial and a 7-days free Smart DNS trial. These trials come with no restrictions or anything so you can test out exactly how our service will work before you buy/win it.

Previous Giveaways Winners

Retaining Traffic Data Declared Illegal in EU

European Court of Justice

Great news for all the Internet users within European Union borders! The European Court of Justice recently made a very clear and important statement regarding online privacy rights. Since 21 December, 2016, it’s illegal for member states to make bulk retention of emails or other electronic data. Making data retention illegal became even more necessary and significant as more and more countries in Europe and around the globe already initiated bills that seriously threatened citizens’ right to online privacy.
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European Court of Justice declared Investigatory Powers Act illegal

Government spying

Finally some good news regarding the right to online privacy in Europe! The European Court of Justice declares Investigatory Powers Act illegal. The law, later changed with the IP Bill, was stated as being in contradiction with European human rights. In simple terms the discussed law bill allows UK’s authorities to intercept private data of all UK citizens or passing by tourists, with the proclaimed purpose of fighting terrorist attacks or any other criminal activities.
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Belarus bans Tor and the right to privacy

Belarus bans Tor

Regarding Internet freedom and the right to online privacy, Belarus has bad news for us. Tor, a network that provides anonymous access to the Internet has been banned. As it appears there’s a tendency of ending the right to online privacy around the Globe. Countries like UK, Germany and United Stated already issued a law against privacy that give authorities extended rights to surveil online activity of its citizens.
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Google Wi-Fi Assistant and Google VPN

Google VPN

Google Wi-Fi Assistant and Google VPN represent a hot topic these days. The news is that Google is spoiling Nexus and Pixel smartphone owners with an important dedicated new and free feature. A Wi-Fi assistant with a built in Google VPN that automatically connects you to safe and reliable Wi-Fi networks. For now, the feature is only available in a few countries, but it got our attention enough to tell you all the details about it.
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Happy Christmas and a jolly VPN discount!

Christmas VPN Discount

Update! January 2, 2017. This promotion has ended.Ho, Ho, Ho, to everybody! We wish you a Merry Christmas and all the joy in the world may find the way to your home!

But wait! What do we have here?! Well, it’s a present we thought you might like! We want you to feel cozy and relaxed so we got you a little “I want my online privacy protected” present.
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Rule 41 puts America under surveillance

Rule 41 America surveillance

For America, land of the free doesn’t mean the right to privacy also. At least not anymore. Since December 1, 2016, FBI was granted significant more hacking power and the access to develop extended digital investigations. The law that allows them to do that is called Rule 41 and gives the Federal Bureau of Investigation the legal means to search multiple computers with only a single warrant, not only across the United States, but anywhere in the world.
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IP Bill aims online privacy for the kill

Government spying

United Kingdom is preparing a very unpleasant surprise for all its citizens, regarding online privacy. A new surveillance system just become legal and fully functional and it will give UK intelligence agencies and Police the surveillance power without precedent in the western civilization. It’s called Investigatory Powers Bill, or IP Bill, and was passed by both House of Lords and House of Commons. Also it already received Royal Assent so this bill is already a fact.
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LinkedIn banned in Russia

LinkedIn banned in Russia

Issues concerning online privacy in Russia have been in the news lately. According to a new law, internet companies in Russia are now required to maintain data centers that contain the personal data of users in the country. According to the Russian government, the law in addition to the previous internet restrictions by the Russian authorities is apparently an attempt to guard Russians against the prying US Government, as well as other outside threats.
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Cyber Monday brings you a big VPN discount

VPN Promotion

Update! December 1, 2016. This promotion has ended.Get the best out of Cyber Monday and make room for one more great deal on your wish list: a big VPN discount from 28th to the 30th of November! And we are talking big numbers here, meaning up to 54% discount on all our VPN packages.
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Black Friday sounds better with our VPN discount

VPN Promotion

Update! November 28, 2016. This promotion has ended.For Black Friday we want to be at the top of your shopping list so let us make you an offer that speaks for itself.

From 25th to the 27th of November, you can get all our packages for a discount up to 54%! Keep your private data, private and your internet connection secure for more than half the price we usually charge.
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Apple removes support for PPTP VPN on iOS 10 and macOS Sierra

PPTP VPN on iIS

As part of preparing for the release of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, Apple publicly announced back in July that they are removing PPTP support from Apple’s integrated VPN client owing to a number of security vulnerabilities in the VPN protocol. MacOS Sierra and iOS 10 users will forgo the option of PPTP VPN on iOS once they upgrade. This means users will be unable to create a manual connection with PPTP protocol.
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China’s New Cybersecurity Law

China new cybersecurity law

China has introduced a new cybersecurity law which has taken the world by surprise. Critics are claiming it will worsen the surveillance and censorship scenario within the country. The law could even drive a few foreign companies out of China.

The law was passed by China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress, last week. Even though a number of the rules stipulated are already in use, it formalizes them by sending a blunt message to Chinese citizens and businesses.
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Share the love all around with Thanksgiving VPN discount!

Thanksgiving vpn discount

Update! November 25, 2016. This promotion has ended.Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! We wish you enjoy quality time with your families and friends, lay back, feel cozy and safe surrounded by the loved ones. And, just to add one more thing to be thankful for, we want you to feel cozy and safe on the internet also.

That’s why we are offering up to 54% discount on all our VPN packages from 17th to the 24th of November!
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Opera VPN – more a Proxy than a VPN

Opera VPN

In its latest developer edition, Opera Software recently introduced its browser VPN, or you can just call it a VPN depending on the source you download the web application from. You can activate the Opera VPN quite simply; all you have to do is open your browser’s configuration settings and check the box labeled ‘VPN’.
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CactusVPN accepts Bitcoin

CactusVPN Accepts Bitcoin

CactusVPN team happily announces that we have added Bitcoin as a payment method and now anyone can make payments using Bitcoin. Although we have been getting requests from users to add Bitcoin as a payment method for months yet we decided to add it now as Bitcoin is more stable than ever. Besides Bitcoin, we also supports many other major payments methods including PayPal, all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American Express), as well as some other payment methods like Alipay, Webmoney, Yandex Money, Qiwi and Baleto Bancario.
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Halloween VPN promotion 2016

Halloween VPN promotion

Update! November 3, 2016. This promotion has ended.We are offering up to 54% off on our premium VPN and SmartDNS services this Halloween. We understand you would be busy on the day of Halloween so we have extended the discount period to a full week. That’s right; you can get the discounted offers between 25th October and 2nd November. That is our way of saying, “Happy Halloween”. This one week period gives you enough timeframe to choose the desired package and get the premium subscription at less than half the price.
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Rio 2016 Olympics promotion

VPN Promotion

Update! August 22, 2016. This promotion has ended.Summer Olympics 2016 also known as Rio 2016 Olympics are going to be held between 5th and 21st of August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We want to celebrate this most popular sports event with you and that’s why we are offering up to 54% discount on all orders between 3-21 August.
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The war with Netflix is over

Unblock Netflix

CactusVPN usually delivers only great news. Unfortunately today is an exception. Probably you’ve heard that Netflix started a war on VPN and Smart DNS providers trying to make our services unusable for people who want to unblock it’s content from different countries. We have fight back and this was a titanic work. It was six months while David resisted Goliaths attacks and we’ve done well as CactusVPN was among a couple of VPN and Smart DNS providers who fought to the end. Unfortunately we can’t compare to Netflix’s resource so we have to admit: starting today, CactusVPN does not unblock Netflix with Smart DNS or VPN.

If you have any questions please contact our support team.

Independence day VPN promotion

VPN Promotion

Update! July 6, 2016. This promotion has ended.CactusVPN wants to celebrate Independence Day with you this year and that’s why it is offering up to 54% discount on all packages on this 4th of July. However, we understand you don’t want to sit on the computer on that joyful day so we have offered this discount for not one but 6 days. You can avail this discount on any purchase made from now to 5th of July. This 6 days window would give you enough time and freedom to choose the most suitable package of your choice.
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Father’s day VPN promotion 2016

VPN Promotion

Update! June 21, 2016. This promotion has ended.CactusVPN is as always generous as we are offering up to 54% discount on all packages on Father’s Day which is on June 19th. We can understand you might forget to avail the offer or you might be busy so we have extended the period to 5 days and you can avail this offer from 15th to 20th June. This will give you enough time to get advantage of the offer.
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New Websites Unblocked by CactusVPN Smart DNS Service

New unblocked websites with Smart DNS

We have added many new websites in our list of unblocked websites by CactusVPN Smart DNS services. These ten websites belong to USA, UK and Switzerland. Some of these websites offer their contents in HD and as our Smart DNS service does not affect the overall internet speed, it shouldn’t be an issue to stream contents in high resolution.
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Watch NBA playoffs during the blackouts

Watch NBA Playoffs

NBA Playoffs is finally here; this is considered one of the most popular events and millions of people wait for it for the whole year and watch it live. However, things get a little frustrated during blackouts because waiting for an event throughout the year and then not able to watch it would be a huge disappointment.
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Update of CactusVPN Software for Mac OS

CactusVPN Software for Mac

Whilst recently our Windows CactusVPN software got an update we have been working on getting Mac users up to date with the extensive feature set the new update provided for Windows users.
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CactusVPN Easter VPN Promotion 2016

Easter VPN Promotion

Update! March 31, 2016. This promotion has ended.Easter is coming early this year, not just because we have a VPN promotion for you but also calendar wise. As to the former though we have quite the discount in order to celebrate Easter and the time of eating many chocolate eggs (at least here in England). I personally enjoy Easter for the lovely long weekend we get through national holidays, gives plenty of time to get recharge those batteries as we truck along through the year.
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CactusVPN will be now a log free VPN Service!

CactusVPN website redesign promo

Understandably so people may worry at the mention of a VPN provider keeping logs, no matter how inconsequential they may be. Even if we only kept connection logs and just for three days, we have listened and decided to be completely free of logs. No connection logs and most certainly no traffic logging. A completely log free VPN for every single one of you.
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SSL certificate for OpenVPN updated

OpenVPN protocol

We have updated our SSL certificate for OpenVPN. This is a routine procedure in order to maintain the high security standards here at CactusVPN. As a side effect, all of our clients who use CactusVPN software, will have to restart it. You have to do this only once.
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New websites unblocked with Smart DNS – March 2016

New websites unblocked

Once again we have some great websites added to our Smart DNS service for you guys. We have four unblocked websites for you this time around with a brand new website from a new country entering the fray. Whereas before we offered UK, US and Germany, we are now starting to unblock Swiss websites. At the moment we only have the one but we are working on adding more.
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Update of CactusVPN software for Windows

Cactusvpn Software

The CactusVPN software has been around for a while now and we have been adding as many features to it as possible to make it attractive to both new and experienced users of VPN and Smart DNS. We have recently been working hard implementing a set of features we feel will really help push our program forward.
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Valentine’s Day VPN promotion

Valentine’s Day VPN promotion

Update! February 16, 2016. This promotion has ended.As this year rumbles on at quite an alarming speed, we want to slow things down this month and give you a great Valentine’s Day VPN promotion. It is of course the day of love so we felt the need to share the love with you guys.
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Chicago VPN Server Changes

US VPN

Because some of you had problems with our old Chicago VPN server we had to change it. If you use or plan to use this server here is what you should do:
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8 new German websites unblocked with Smart DNS

German Websites Unblocked

This month we have a bumper load of German websites unblocked with our Smart DNS service. We have been working hard to add these and we have eight new websites unblock for you this time, if you are a fan of German TV or film, this is the place to come. Of course for German expats to this Smart DNS is invaluable at this point as they can now unblock websites from their home country now.
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Why you should unblock HBO Now and how it evolved as a service?

Unblock HBO Now

When HBO NOW was released to the public it was met with quite a big furore. As people are looking to stop paying the exorbitant prices of subscription television, this was a big boom. If you can unblock HBO NOW you could access the quality programming HBO had to offer without having to break the bank. Being able to pay monthly to enjoy exactly what people wanted and then cancel when they saw fit was a godsend and has since boomed.
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IP changes on Chicago, US VPN server

US VPN

We had to change IP on our Chicago, US server. If you use or plan to use this server here is what you should do:
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Unblock websites with Smart DNS: new sites added

Unblock Websites with Smart DNS

We have been working feverishly behind the scenes to unblock websites for you guys to take advantage of. This month we have a load of new websites unblocked for use with our Smart DNS service, a whole TWELVE, yes TWELVE, websites for you to peruse and use. First we will start off with websites that reside in Canada.
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Hardware that can enhance VPN and Smart DNS experience

Enhance VPN

Not everything in the home is VPN friendly, you will usually find that your ISP’s router that they supply you with doesn’t even know what a VPN is, less so that you would want to use one. Thankfully usually with any router setting up Smart DNS can be a simple affair just with simple address changes but there are always ways to make the process easier and I intend to list some hardware here that can enhance VPN and Smart DNS experience.
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Android VPN app from CactusVPN is now available!

Android VPN app

We did recently release an iOS VPN app for our service and since that we have been working feverishly to get the Android VPN app done and finally we are happy to announce it is finished and is now available in Google Play Store.
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How to block adverts on All 4

block adverts on All 4

All 4 (formerly 4oD) is a fantastic free on demand service. It is available in web based or application versions. Today we will talk about web based version. The only downside are the adverts which can be numerous. It used to be fairly easy to get around the ads but as with many websites nowadays, a simple ad block does not fix the problem, so here is how to block adverts on All 4.
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Which governments are pushing for the ban of VPN?

Ban VPN

Recently it feels as though we are seeing a lot more news on various governments around the world pushing for the ban of VPN, all citing various reasons but all with a similar goal, to be able to keep an eye on anybody they see fit whilst they privately browse the internet. Where exactly in the world are they trying to push such an agenda? Well I plan on answering that here, it may even be the country you live in, sneakily trying to push such a law through.
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Proof of government spying on their citizens

Government spying

It may seem like as you can’t really see the government spying on you, you’d be mistaken for thinking everyone is just a little paranoid. Stay vigilant though as we have some bona fide proof coming from The Intercept and more specifically this document that was obtained.
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Do the media spread lies about VPN?

VPN

VPN unfairly get a lot of flak sometimes, sometimes out of ignorance, others with a more aggressive agenda. This leaves us with the question of do the media spread lies about VPN? I would believe the answer is yes.
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Secure Chromecast in several easy steps

Secure Chromecast

With the recent release of the Chromecast 2 by Google, I thought it would be important to go over how exactly to keep it secure. It is worth noting the Chromecast really isn’t all that safe, there are some measures you have to take outside of the Chromecast itself to make sure to secure Chromecast and isn’t letting anyone get in to your home network.
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New websites unblocked with Smart DNS – October 2015

Websites unblocked

Once again we have some brand new websites unblocked to our Smart DNS service for our existing users. This month we have websites from the UK, Germany and Poland which between the three of them offer a very wide range of entertainment.
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Three new websites added to our Smart DNS service

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I enjoy writing these posts, it’s always good to hear about our Smart DNS service adding more websites for us all too enjoy. This time round we have three new websites added, two from the USA and one from Poland.
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Living without TV in 2015 – Part 2

Smart DNS

Where to find some of the most popular movies and TV shows online

Now I can only really speak for myself when I think about what TV shows and movies are worth my time but I will try and address some of the more popular ones that are spoken about nowadays.
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Does the VPN have an image issue in today’s world?

VPN

Anybody with any tech sense would tell you using a VPN is pretty much a necessity in our day and age, with the constant snooping that goes on seemingly left, right and centre. You would think with the many revelations of these facts that VPNs would be popular in the mainstream but it isn’t quite there yet, so I am asking does the VPN have an image issue in today’s world.
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Living without TV in 2015 – Part 1

Smart DNS

The general concept of life without TV

TV is pretty expensive nowadays, I can only speak from the UK point of view but the American case at the moment seems almost impenetrable, with so many services offering a different amount of content. You most certainly need many different subscriptions to be able to watch all of the most talked about TV programmes. I have since moving to Germany though not really had the option of the TV I am used to. I don’t speak much German yet so usually German TV is useless to me, so I am adjusting to living without TV. With the likes of VPN and Smart DNS there are ways to fix these problems.
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Two brand new websites added to our Smart DNS service

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We have once again some more websites for you to unblock with the use of our Smart DNS service, one of them is from the US and the other is from Germany.
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