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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.

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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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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Why You Should Use a VPN for Roku Starting Today

VPN for Roku

Roku is a really cool streaming device, and VPNs have recently become pretty awesome online tools. So if you were to use a Roku VPN, does that mean you’d get to enjoy cool perks?

Yeah, pretty much. We’ll tell you why you should use a VPN for Roku in this guide, and we’ll also show you how to set it up too.

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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

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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5 Good Reasons to Use a TikTok VPN Right Now

TikTok VPN

You can’t google TikTok anymore without seeing dozens of articles talking about how it compromises user data, how governments want to ban it, and that you need to start using a TikTok VPN now more than ever.

But is using one actually so important? Can it really improve your TikTok experience in any way?

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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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Do You Need a VPN for Xbox One? (7 Advantages + Setup Tips)

VPN for XBOX One

Should you use a VPN for Xbox One, or is it too much hassle?

The tl;dr is that yeah, you should definitely do it. We’ll show you why using an Xbox VPN is worth it in this article. And we’ll also tell you how to set up a VPN on Xbox One, and offer some speed optimization tips too.

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Should You Use a PS4 VPN? (All You Need to Know + How to a Use VPN on PS4)

vpn for ps4

The PS4 is an awesome gaming console. And VPNs are extremely useful tools. So the question is obvious – do you need a VPN for PS4 or not?

Well, we’ll show you all the perks you get to enjoy by doing that. And we’ll also mention what problems you might face, and tell you how to set up a PS4 VPN too.

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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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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:

  • USA, Seattle
  • Italy, Ponte San Pietro
  • Sweden, Stockholm
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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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How to Get BBC iPlayer Abroad (3 Options)

BBC iPlayer Abroad

Bummed out you can’t watch your favorite shows because you can’t get BBC iPlayer abroad?

No problem – here’s a quick guide that will show you how to easily unblock it.

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Save Money With Our Easter Promotion!

Easter VPN Promotion

Update! This promotion has ended.

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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Watch CBC in USA Today (3 Simple Options)

Watch CBC in USA

It’s no wonder you’d want to watch CBC in USA. It has so many amazing shows – Schitt’s Creek, How to Buy a Baby, Anne With an E. And that’s just barely scratching the surface.

Unfortunately, if you’re not in Canada, you can’t watch those hit series. Don’t worry, though – we’ll show you a nice workaround.

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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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Can I Watch Amazon Prime Abroad?

can i watch amazon prime abroad

Amazon Prime sure has tons of amazing content. The Man in the High Castle, Downton Abbey, The Expanse – the list can go on and on.

But this begs the question – can I watch Amazon Prime abroad when I go on vacation or if I’m not from the US?

Well, not exactly. Here’s all you need to know about that (including how to unblock Amazon Prime outside US borders):

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How to Use a Crunchyroll Unblocker to Enjoy Any Anime You Want

Crunchyroll Unblocker

If you love anime and manga, you have likely heard of Crunchyroll by now. It’s one of the most comprehensive online collections of these kinds of shows and content.

While it is an amazing platform, you will need to get Crunchyroll unblocked fully in certain countries to enjoy everything it has to offer.

Luckily, it’s not hard to use a Crunchyroll unblocker at all. Check out this 5-minute article to find out what you need to do.

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How to Watch ABC in Canada Really Simple

How to Watch ABC in Canada

ABC has a lot of great content – Modern Family, Lost, The Rookie, The Good Doctor. The list could go on and on. But, sadly, you can’t enjoy it in Canada since it’s only available in the US.

Don’t worry, though – we’ll show you how to watch ABC in Canada without having to do anything difficult.

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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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Using Google Voice Overseas (Simple Solution)

Using Google Voice Overseas

Using Google Voice overseas can really come in handy since you can use your mobile device or laptop to text, treat your voicemail like an email inbox, and – best of all – make international calls while taking advantage of conveniently low rates.

Unfortunately, there’s a problem. You’re gonna need to go through some hoops since using Google Voice outside USA isn’t technically possible. Don’t worry, though – we’ll show you how to easily fix that.

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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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Take Advantage of Our Valentine’s Day Promotion!

Valentine's Day Promotion

Update! This promotion has ended.

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 54% 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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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

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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How to Watch NBC in UK With Ease Today

how to watch nbc in the uk

Need to learn how to watch NBC in the UK?

We’ve got you covered. We know how annoying restrictions can be when they keep you from your favorite content.

So keep reading to find out how to watch NBC in UK with as little effort as possible, and why you need to do that in the first place.

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“Feel the Holiday Cheer” 2019 Promotion

Christmas VPN Discount

Update! This promotion has ended.

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 Netflix US, BBC iPlayer, and/or HBO GO.

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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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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All-in-One Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday 2019 Promo

Thanksgiving vpn discount

Update! This promotion has ended

November is a month full of surprises, great and comfortable Thanksgiving experiences, and much-coveted shopping holidays – and we aim to make it a bit more special for you. Between the 21st of November and 3rd of December, you’ll be able to enjoy our all-in-one Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday promotion!

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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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Do You Need a VPN for Porn? (Yes, You Do – Here’s Why)

VPN for Porn

You can use a VPN for tons of stuff, but let’s be honest – at one point or another, you probably asked yourself: “Can I also use a VPN for porn?”

There’s no shame in asking that. We all watch porn – it’s pretty much a universal pastime by now. And it’s only natural you’d wonder if a helpful tool like a VPN can improve the experience.

Anyway, the answer is yes, you can (and should) definitely use a VPN when browsing porn sites.

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