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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.

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

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.

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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

VPN Giveaway

VPN Giveaway

The June 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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Russian Duma introduced a bill to Ban VPNs

Russia Threatens to 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 Threatens to 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 Threatens to 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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CactusVPN Software for Windows just got better

CactusVPN Software for Windows

The road to perfect online privacy and safety is filled with constant technical improvements and that is exactly what are we doing. We are constantly working to make sure you benefit the best VPN and Smart DNS services available on the market. All this being said, we are happy to let you know that we just made some important updates to our VPN Software for Windows.
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New VPN servers in France, Germany and Canada

New VPN servers in France, Germany and Canada

Dear present and future clients. It’s time, to make yet another celebratory announcement regarding our technical improvements. We just completed our gallery of VPN servers with some great new ones, so you can enjoy an unrestricted and safe browsing at the highest performances.

The new servers are in Montreal, Canada; Nuremberg, Germany and Paris, France. They are available for you within the VPN + Smart DNS package, for the same price as before.
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Most Free Android VPN apps proven to be malicious

Hide IP on Android

Dear friends. There’s a serious and troubling topic we want to approach in this article. It seems that, until recently, a lot of VPN users were tricked in to use malicious Android VPN apps. This matter is even more concerning as it puts a bad reputation to VPN services in general, even though many of them deliver quality services. The good news is that CactusVPN, will stand by you, like always, with reliable services that you can definitely trust. And that’s why we think it’s important to tell you more about this scandal and to clear things out in the name of our well deserved good reputation.
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On Valentine’s Day our prices are falling for you

Valentine's Day Promotion

Update! February 16, 2017. This promotion has ended.Roses are red, violets are blue, our special discount is waiting for you!

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! Love is in the air for all of us so we wanted to make these moments even happier with up to 54% discount to all our packages. That’s right! Because love needs freedom and privacy more than anything, we thought it would be a loving idea to give you a special offer to our online privacy and free browsing services.

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CactusVPN upgrades to the latest SoftEther version

SoftEther VPN Protocol

Ladies and gentlemen! We are proud to announce an important security upgrade to CactusVPN services! Our VPN servers and VPN protocols run, starting right now, on the latest version of SoftEther. This new upgrade is the result of our constant efforts to ensure, at all times, the best protection there is for your online traffic.
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China bans local VPN providers

China

You might have heard these days that China bans VPN providers. Well, only the ones that are not approved by the government, so practically it’s true. China just made another move against online privacy and free browsing by starting a 14 month national campaign against unauthorized internet connections, including VPN providers, only Chinese for now. This is yet another attempt to strengthen the Great Firewall of China which is designed to ensure control and censorship over the Chinese Internet.
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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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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

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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