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Security experts offer you their knowledge about VPN, online anonymity, privacy, security, Smart DNS and unblocking websites. You will also find the latest news and promotions that we run here at CactusVPN.

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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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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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.

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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Google fixes WebRTC security leak in Chrome

WebRTC security leak

Google has finally managed to fix WebRTC security leak brought to their attention back earlier this year. The vulnerability essentially made the use of a VPN with Chrome useless as it could reveal a user’s real IP address. Google has managed to release an extension though than thankfully deal with the security hole and plug it.
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New websites unblocked by our Smart DNS service – July 2015

Unblocked Websites

We have been working hard to unblock websites for our Smart DNS service so that our customers have more choice. Today we have quite the substantial list of websites for you guys to get your teeth into so let’s get into it, shall we?
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VPN Learning Center

VPN Learning Center

For a while, at VPNs inception, it was very much something for businesses and something a professional would have to set up. Nowadays VPNs are accessible to pretty much everyone and it most certainly has been a blessing. The security you get from a good VPN set up is vital nowadays.
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New unblocked websites with Smart DNS

As always we are working on adding unblocked websites to our Smart DNS service for our customers so they can enjoy whatever media they want with minimal fuss. Today we can announce happily that we have 6 new websites added to our service unblocked on various devices.
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LA server and all UK servers upgraded to 1Gbps

New US and UK VPN servers

We 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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Brand new 1Gbit fast VPN Server in the US

US VPN

We 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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CactusVPN software for Windows Update 4.4.0

VPN Software Settings

CactusVPN 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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You can use Smart DNS on Xbox One

Smart DNS on XBOX One

Smart 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 Hulu, 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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London 3 UK VPN server upgraded to 1 Gbps

UK VPN

It’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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CactusVPN unblocks HBO NOW

Unblock HBO Now

There 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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CactusVPN unblocks TVCatchup via Smart DNS

Unblock TVCatchup

We 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 TV

We 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 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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New UK VPN server from London

UK VPN

We 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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CactusVPN upgraded all servers to Softether Perfect Forward Secrecy

SoftEther VPN Protocol

CactusVPN’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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New VPN servers in Netherlands and Romania

Our 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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WebRTC security leak

WebRTC security leak

You 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 app for iOS

CactusVPN iOS app

World 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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Germany added to our Smart DNS map

Unblock German Websites

We at CactusVPN are constantly trying to improve the service we offer to our customers, so we are proud to announce we have started unblocking German websites with Smart DNS.
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OpenVPN on Android devices

OpenVPN protocol

Smartphones nowadays are ubiquitous, they are simply everywhere, for better or worse that is up to you but pretty much everybody has one. With the rise of smartphones and the fact people are using mobile internet all the time it is pretty important that you use a VPN to make sure you maintain your privacy whilst you browse the internet so we would like to announce we fully support OpenVPN on Android.
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Two new VPN servers on our network

New US and UK VPN servers

We have some exciting news now for our customers, we are happy to announce we have two brand spanking new servers for you guys to use.

Firstly we have another server in Kansas City, USA (dubbed Kansas City 2), great news for those of you that use the US servers. The second new server we are adding is in London, UK (dubbed London 4). Of course these servers will support all five of the protocols we offer (PPTP, L2TP, SSTP, OpenVPN and SoftEther). A great news for the US server is that this server is not blocked by Hulu. As you know, Hulu decided to block almost all VPN providers, but this server still unblocks the site.
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Dynamic DNS (DDNS) to help your Smart DNS service

Smart DNS

Did you notice that your IP changes every few months, weeks or maybe even each time you connect to your home WiFi? That’s because your ISP gave you a dynamic IP address. In most cases it’s not a problem, but when you need to connect to your computer through remote desktop or FTP it can become a big pain in the ass. But the reason why you’re going to start hating your ISP is the fact that with dynamic IP it’s really hard to use Smart DNS technology. It’s not a big problem if you use our software for Windows or MacOS as we use automatic IP update on each connection and you can even set it to update every 5 minutes.
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Unblock more sites with Smart DNS technology

Unblocked Websites with Smart DNS

Our Smart DNS service continues to evolve with more and more websites being added all the time and today we are ready to add some to our service for all of our customers to use.
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Shellshock vulnerability fixed

VPN Cascading

A new zero day bug called Shellshock, not too unlike Heartbleed in concept, has been discovered. It is said to have infected around half of all websites on the internet and countless more internet capable devices, from routers to smartphones and many more.

Whilst Heartbleed was relatively difficult to use when exploiting Shellshock does not suffer from this problem. All it takes is a couple of lines of code and the user can gain access to a mass of the world’s PCs.
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“Bring a friend” promotion got even better

Free Services Promotion

If you are one of our customers, then you are a lucky guy! We don’t ask you to become a leprechaun but you could spread your luck among your friends. Tell them about your CactusVPN experience and we’ll reward both of you with one month of service for free. It will be very easy to convince them after our free trial.
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CactusVPN supports L2TP/IPSec VPN protocol on Chromecast

Secure Chromecast

Digital media players and Set-Top boxes like Apple TV or Chromecast from Google are a pretty fast growing market, lately. All major content or device producers had already launched a device that helps you to make your TV smarter and your entertainment activity more pleasant. There are tons of different devices you can buy on eBay or other websites, but it is irrefutable that Chromecast is among the best in the area.
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New websites unblocked with Smart DNS technology

Unblocked websites

Like promised before, we have never stopped to unblock new sites for our Smart DNS customers, that daily provide us with new unblock sites requests. There are thousands of sites that are blocked in different parts of the world and we have years of work to unblock them all. But if a site is popular among our users we do our best to unblock it right away.
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New VPN server in a new country – Romania

Romania VPN

CactusVPN has a very clear policy regarding VPN server locations – people need servers which work great, people don’t usually need 100 servers in 80 different locations. This is why we have at this moment 12 VPN servers, and each of them has installed 5 VPN protocols – OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP, SSTP and newly added SoftEther VPN protocol. Some can say that 12 is a small number. But our advantage is that all our servers’ up-time are among the best in the business and you don’t have to change 3 servers each time you want to have a good connection.
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CactusVPN software for Windows updated to v4.3.0

VPN Software

We have made an important update to our Windows software. It is really important to update to the latest version as soon as possible. In several days CactusVPN will add a new country (Yeay!). If you will not update the software until then it might not work properly and you will have to re-install CactusVPN software for Windows.
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Smart DNS from CactusVPN unblocks more sites

New unblocked websites

actusVPN was among the first who started to offer Smart DNS technology to the customers. It has been over a year since we’ve launched it and every month we have added more unblocked sites. Now we have over 100 of unblocked websites from US, UK and Poland (and more to come ;) ). Our service works on most of OS and devices: Mac OS, Windows, iOS, Android, Samsung Smart TV, Roku, Xbox, Play Station, Apple TV, Now TV Box and other devices. Not so much VPN or Smart DNS providers have such performance.
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CactusVPN unblocks sites from Poland

CactusVPN unblocks sites from Poland

I am recently back from London. And one thing I’ve found is that Polish is the second spoken language there. God, Polish people are a lot abroad Poland. And not only in UK. And what they miss the most while traveling or working in other countries? Right! They miss hearing people which speak in Polish and shows in their mother tongue. Unfortunately, local copyright owners started to follow the policy of their US and UK colleagues and blocked content for the possessors of IPs from outside Poland. Therefore native Poles who are temporary or on a permanent basis abroad don’t have access to a lot of content.
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CactusVPN unblocks Fox, TVPlayer and Viki.com with Smart DNS

Fox Viki TVPlayer

CactusVPN was a pioneer in implementing the Smart DNS technology. We have unblocked site by site and now our list of unblocked websites is one of the largest. If you have already used this technology you know that it is the best solution for media streaming as it does not influence your provider’s speed, so the content is just unblocked and it goes directly to your computer. If you had not the chance to test it you can do it right now with our free Smart DNS trial.
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CactusVPN started to support Now TV Box

Now TV Box

Nowadays devices expand their territory on the entertainment field which apparently leads to detriment for PCs in media streaming. Smart TVs and TV boxes became more popular for streaming, gaming and social media than ever before. One of the most-liked devices is Now TV box. This device is available for UK users only and allows them to access sites like BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky News.
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SSTP VPN protocol on all servers

SSTP VPN Protocol

Good news are already a common thing for CactusVPN blog. Just a couple of weeks ago we installed SoftEther VPN protocol on all servers. We were the first VPN provider who did that. Today we are proud to tell you that SSTP VPN protocol is available on all our servers. You can set up this protocol by following our step by step tutorial or if you use our Software for Windows – it’s already included there. A single server can now deliver SSTP, OpenVPN, Softether, L2TP and PPTP VPN access. That’s five protocols on any given server. No VPN service provides that at this moment.
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SoftEther VPN protocol on all servers

SoftEther VPN Protocol

CactusVPN is increasing its customer user base by providing excellent VPN service at very affordable prices. Currently, CactusVPN has twelve servers in US, UK and Netherlands. In addition to offering Smart DNS and proxy services, CactusVPN has added support of SoftEther VPN technology on all our servers.
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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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CactusVPN is not Affected by Heartbleed Vulnerability

Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability for OpenSSL cryptography. There were a lot of buzz about it lately and some companies even were affected by it. This created concerns among internet users, especially people who use VPN. But there is a treatment for this security bug and we have applied it in the very first days since the information about it became public. So CactusVPN clients should have no worries. More than that we have verified if in the last couple of years were attempts to use this bug to compromise our users’ integrity and we want to assure you there were no such endeavors.
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Watch Winter Olympics with CactusVPN

Winter Olympics

Olympics are one of the world’s most popular sport contests. This is truly a global event and every country has its athletes to compete there. But not all countries have a good coverage of it and not all commentators are the same. Maybe the best option to watch Olympics would be a Russian TV because they are hosts. But not many of you speak Russian. So the best choice for you would be an English speaking TV with great tradition in broadcasting this kind of events. And the choice is obvious: BBC!
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