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.

Hulu blocked with VPN but still works with Smart DNS

Unblock Hulu

Looks like Hulu started his own little war with VPN providers, just like TVCatchup did. For some reason they decided to block all VPN’s IPs therefor at this moment it is not possible to access it’s content if you are out of US and used to unblock it with a VPN connection. It’s not just about CactusVPN, it’s about all VPN and proxy providers. In this kind of conflicts usually the media streamer, this time it’s Hulu, is the one who lose it’s credibility and authority.
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SoftEther – a new VPN protocol available at CactusVPN

SoftEther VPN Protocol

All of you are familiar with the 4 VPN protocols – PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN and SSTP. Most of VPN providers usually offers only two of them and only at the best VPN providers you can find all four of them. Of course, CactusVPN had them all from the very beginning and permanently tuned them to give you the best VPN experience.

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Why is content Geo-blocked or Geo-gated in the First Place?

Smart DNS

Imagine that a loved one has decided as a present to give to you the gift that keeps on giving. Yes we are talking about a digital media device. Perhaps it is a computer, a tablet, or maybe they want to pay for your internet access. The world of entertainment is at your fingertips. All of your favorite shows that you watch on television anywhere in the world, you can now watch anytime you want. However we know that it’s not quite that easy.
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How you can bypass Transparent DNS proxy

Smart DNS

I think you noticed lately more and more control and unwanted care from Internet Service Providers. Some of them started to use Transparent DNS proxy technology. It gives some advantages to ISP and make easier for them to change some particular settings for all their clients. But among that the technology has one major “side effect” that is a big problem for a lot of people. And the problem is that Transparent DNS proxy makes the Smart DNS technology useless. This happens because the provider intercepts all DNS lookup requests and forces you to use their DNS addresses even if you’ve set a different pair of DNS values.
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Change of Los Angeles VPN Server

US VPN

We declared January the month of VPN servers optimization. We have done that for our Netherlands servers and now is time for US servers.

Some of you could not use Google search properly while connected to our Los Angeles VPN Server. If you received a message like this then you had the same issue:
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Added new server in Netherlands

P2P VPN

Last week we changed the old Amsterdam server to a new one. This made the speed higher for most of our users. Unfortunately the new server does not have great connection with all our clients and some of them had some speed problems. “Most users are happy” is not enough for us! If we can we try to make ALL of them happy. That is why we ordered a new 1 Gbit NL VPN server. We hope this will make downloading torrents fast for everyone.
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New P2P VPN server in Netherlands

P2P VPN

Getting better for our clients is our day by day mantra. And we are happy to announce you about the improvements we did lately.

New VPN server that accepts torrent downloading

We proudly launched our third server in Amsterdam. Unlike other providers we don’t wait for the servers to be overloaded. We launch a new server when it hardly reaches 50% of its capacities. Because of this, there is no way you’ll get a poor connection speed because the server is overbusy. Like other servers, you can use the new server for torrents downloading. On this server we installed PPTP, L2TP/IPSec and OpenVPN protocols, so you can test them all and find the one that match your needs the best.
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Smart DNS vs Proxy

Smart DNS vs Proxy

Because a large number of users are unable to gain access to popular sites widely available in other parts of the world, they have to ditch certain sites that are regionally blocked in different countries. So, you know (if you stay outside of UK or US) that tons of video content is not easy to access while being out of the region the blocked websites are originating from. Some users choose proxy servers, because there are so many on the Web and a big part of them are even free of charge. On the other hand, public use Smart DNS service, known as being more reliable one. Let’s find out why is Smart DNS more reliable and what makes it better than proxy!
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Unblock BBC with Smart DNS

Unblock BBC

There are so many websites that we cannot access. And this is just because we are not in the right region where these websites can be limitlessly accessed. Some of them are media websites that we can give up to by excluding them from our list, while some of them are still indispensable to us. We need our favorite media when it comes to travel for a week or two or when we move to other countries.
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Benefits of VPN with Google Voice

Benefits of VPN with Google Voice

We live in a very fast paced society. We travel, and whether it’s for business or pleasure, we all want to stay connected with those who we work with, or with those we simply love. Wait a minute, there can be another case: not necessarily the one referring to traveling people, but just to those being outside the US that want to hear and talk to a friend or work partner from North America.
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CactusVPN software for Mac OS

You’ve been waiting for this. We’ve been working so your dreams come true! We proudly announce CactusVPN Software for Mac. Yes, you’ve heard it right – the best VPN software on the market now has a Mac version with all features from the CactusVPN software for Windows and even something more ;)

For those of you who have a Mac and never read about what great features our software have, it is highly recommended to take a look at this list:
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New US VPN server

Another day, another great news. We extend our network in US with one more VPN server. This time it’s Kansas City. So now we have servers on West coast, East coast and the center of the USA. We always choose very carefully where to launch our new servers because we believe it’s more important to have good servers in key locations than to have a plenty of servers that don’t work perfectly.
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New Torrents VPN server with 1 Gbit

NL VPN

A lot of VPN providers like to show off with the number of servers they have. But a lot of servers is not actually the best thing and we will write a separate post about that. What would you do if you want to provide better VPN experience for your customers? The right answer is: get better servers!
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Best VPN manager software – CactusVPN Windows Software 3.0.0

Everything is changing fast online. And CactusVPN is getting better with every change. Not so far ago we’ve presented you CactusVPN Software 2.0.0 with brand new features that makes your VPN experience much more safe and easy. Now it’s time for a new great update. We have worked a lot to make our software even better and we are proud of the result. Starting today, CactusVPN has not only one of the best VPN software, but it’s also one of the best looking ones. Not only a fancy design but a great user experience was our main goal, and we think we’ve achieved it.
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Unblock Online Games with VPN

Unblock online games with VPN

While VPNs are growing increasingly popular among those who are looking for more privacy while surfing the Web, they can also be very useful for gamers. While they do provide gamers anonymity while gaming, they also improve the gaming experience in several important ways. Let’s see why to unblock online games with VPN.
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Downloading Music and Movies is still legal in Netherlands

NL VPN

Downloading pirated music, movies and games from the internet has become something of a pastime for at least one-third of the Dutch population. The government has contemplated a download ban of sorts, only to see the House of Representatives strike this down. Instead, rights holders will be compensated thanks to a private copying tax of sorts on a variety of storage devices in exchange for downloading remaining legal.
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Anti-Piracy Law in Japan

Japan has recently introduced an anti-piracy legislation that is designed to put an end to illegal sharing of files. The Japanese regime is thought to have one of the strictest codes of law in the entire world. In a majority of countries, Internet users who upload or transfer copyright-infringing material and data to other users are the ones that get targeted. This new Japan legislation, however, means that anyone who simply downloads unlawful material may end up being sentenced to jail.
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How to watch the BBC outside of the UK?

Have you ever wanted to watch BBC outside of the UK? If you are like most people who want to watch one of the only unbiased networks in the world, then the answer is going to be ‘yes’. The main problem is that the BBC has yet to expand its regular services to the rest of the world. Users from outside who attempt to watch any of its content will be confronted with the message ‘Service not available in your area.” There is a way to watch the BBC from outside the UK, though. The Virtual Private Network (VPN) can solve the problem of not being allowed access.
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Unblock Facebook at School and University

Unblock Facebook at School

Facebook is arguably the most popular social network in the world. It has completely transformed how we communicate, relate and share information with family members and close associates. Despite its numerous known and undiscovered benefits, most schools and universities are currently blocking Facebook and other social sites on grounds that they are a distraction to the learning process. Let’s see how can you unblock Facebook at school and university. Continue reading

New payment methods for our VPN services

All of you knew that you can pay for our VPN services using your credit card or Paypal. That is enough for most of us, but we want to make life easier for as much people as we can, so we present you some additional payment gateways that are available for some countries:
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SSTP and a new US VPN server

New US Server in Miami

CactusVPN is getting bigger. We enlarge our servers network with one more server in Miami, US. This way our customers will have a VPN server on West coast too, so everyone can choose which one fits best for him.
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