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CactusVPN Windows Client Version 6 Released

CactusVPN Windows App

We’re happy to announce we’re launching a new and improved version of our Windows VPN client. We urge all of you to update from the current version (v5) to the new version (v6) as soon as you can, since the new VPN client version comes with many improvements that make the app significantly more convenient to use.

To update, just download the CactusVPN App v6 for Windows and install it.
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We Just Added IKEv2 Support for Android Devices

IKEv2 VPN Protocol

We’re happy to say that, as of today, you can start using the IKEv2 VPN protocol on your Android devices with CactusVPN. The setup process is pretty simple, but we put together a helpful tutorial to show you all the steps you need to take. Continue reading

We Just Added Support for VPN Over ICMP & DNS

CactusVPN

We’re happy to announce that, as of today, CactusVPN will be offering support for VPN over ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol, a supporting protocol that sends error messages if a service or a host/router can’t be reached/isn’t available) and DNS (Domain Name System, which is responsible for translating domain names into IP addresses, and vice versa). Continue reading

We Just Fixed a Vulnerability Affecting Our Windows Client

CactusVPN Windows App

We recently patched an issue with our CactusVPN Windows client’s installer package. To our knowledge, our users haven’t been directly affected by this vulnerability. Also, if you have the Windows client already installed, you don’t need to worry as you are not at risk. Continue reading

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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A new Version of CactusVPN macOS app Is Here

CactusVPN macOS app

The CactusVPN macOS app has now been updated to version 6. This means that our customers will be able to enjoy higher levels of convenience and performance across the board, with the same high levels of privacy and security. The following changes have been made: Continue reading

You Can Now Unblock French Websites with CactusVPN

Unblock French Websites

We’re happy to announce that users of CactusVPN will now have the ability to unblock French websites using Smart DNS and stream new content. Our service is expanding, and we’re happy to provide you with access to a huge amount of French streaming sites, covering a wide range of genres. Continue reading

Our Service Is Expanding, with VPN Servers in Five New Locations

New VPN Servers in Poland, Switzerland, Spain, Japan and Singapore

CactusVPN is proud to announce that we have set up five new VPN servers in Europe and Asia. Subscribers will be able to take their pick of a huge selection of streaming content previously blocked due to geo-restrictions, while maintaining the highest levels of privacy and security. Continue reading

New sign-in method on all Android devices for Smart DNS

New sign in process for Android app

We know you can’t get enough of the good news from CactusVPN, so we love bringing you more and more great news! Following the improvements we made to the Android TV and Amazon Fire TV login process, we decided it was time to extend that to all Android devices. Continue reading

New Cryptocurrencies accepted as payment method

New Cryptocurrencies

Our efforts to make things easier and safer for you on the mean world wide web translated lately in a series of new additions to the list of accepted payment methods.

We always struggle to find ways of making your experience with us better and since we already know that you care about your online privacy and safety, we decided it was time to add some new payment methods which expand the ways you can purchase our services.
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Easier sign in process for Android TV and Amazon Fire TV

New sign in process for Android app

The good news keep on rolling with CactusVPN! After the launch of our Android TV and Amazon Fire TV Smart DNS apps, we discovered an improvement that needed to be done on the sign in feature of both apps. Continue reading

CactusVPN launches Amazon Fire TV VPN App

CactusVPN Amazon Fire TV App

They say good news travel fast, so make sure to let everybody know that CactusVPN made a great addition to the big list of ways it makes your life easier online! A brand new Amazon Fire TV VPN app is now available!

Because we know it’s important for you to have access to your favorite streaming platforms and online services from any device, we decided to help you bypass geo-restrictions while also staying safe, directly from your Fire TV device! Continue reading

CactusVPN launches Android TV VPN App

CactusVPN Android TV App

Awesome news for CactusVPN users! You can now install the CactusVPN VPN app directly on your Android TV!

We know how important it is for you to be able to easily access your VPN and Smart DNS on any device. And that is exactly why we decided to give you the option to access the internet through CactusVPN effortlessly from your Smart TV.
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IP address changes on Amsterdam2, Netherlands VPN server

Netherlands

We have upgraded our Amsterdam2, Netherlands VPN server and we had to change it’s IP address. If you use or plan to use this server here is what you should do:
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CactusVPN iOS VPN App Updated

iOS VPN App Updated

For all those that kept a close watch on CactusVPN, the good news keeps coming! After the IKEv2 VPN support protocol introduction news, we made some very important changes to our VPN iOS app. You can now connect directly through the app! Continue reading

IKEv2 VPN Protocol added on all CactusVPN servers

IKEv2 VPN Protocol

If you already are a customer of CactusVPN, or you are just thinking of starting using our services, it’s important to know that we have introduced one of the best and most modern VPN protocols: the IKEv2 VPN Protocol.

CactusVPN wants to make sure that your internet experience isn’t hindered by any inconvenience of any kind and this is why we have just added support for this type of VPN protocol: IKEv2. Continue reading

CactusVPN Android App Improvements

CactusVPN Android App

Because we always struggle to deliver the best possible services to our customers, we are proud to announce that our Android VPN App has been constantly updated within the past couple of months and it is now in its most advanced state yet. Continue reading

Internet Kill Switch added to our Windows and macOS Apps

CactusVPN App

At CactusVPN we’re passionate about building new features and functionalities to delight our users and improve their online experiences. Now, we are thrilled to announce that we’ve added yet another feature – the “Internet Kill Switch” functionality. So whether you are using our Windows app or the macOS app, you get to benefit from this small but extremely useful improvement. Continue reading

Smart DNS added to our iOS app

iOS Smart DNS App

That’s right! More good news for our iOS app users! We know that in the fast-paced online world, you come across many challenges. But worry not, as we are always crafting and improving our products to fit every user’s needs. Apart from safety online, we believe in free access to all content for everyone. Continue reading

CactusVPN unblocks Swedish websites

CactusVPN unblocks Swedish websites

Good news for those who wish to access websites blocked outside Sweden! We are very excited to announce that we have started unblocking geo-restricted websites from Sweden with our Smart DNS technology. Continue reading

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

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

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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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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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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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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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 Netflix War Is (Not Really) Over

Unblock Netflix

Update (23rd of July, 2018):

2 years ago, Netflix started seriously cracking down on VPN providers. We here at CactusVPN encountered our fair share of issues with Netflix’s blocks, but we are happy to say that – currently – our Smart DNS service is able to unblock Netflix for you. Continue reading

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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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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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 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 (steal 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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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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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 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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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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