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VPN Not Working? Here Are Some Useful VPN Troubleshooting Tips

VPN not working? Worried you can no longer protect your Internet privacy and bypass unfair restrictions?

No problem – here’s a list of VPN troubleshooting tips that might help you solve the problems you’re dealing with.

VPN Not Working – The 4 Most Common Issues

If you’re having trouble using your VPN service, it’s usually because you’re dealing with one of these common VPN issues:

With that in mind, here’s a clear overview of what you can do to solve each type of problem:

1. VPN Troubleshooting Tips for Slow Speeds

We won’t be mentioning tips like upgrading your bandwidth or CPU since that’s not really actionable VPN troubleshooting advice. Of course, if none of these tips work for you, and there’s no solution, you’re going to have to do that.

And in case you’d like to learn more about VPN speed before moving on, feel free to check out our guide.

Switch to a Different VPN Server

Not many VPN users realize this, but the physical distance between you and the VPN server can impact your connection speed.

Why? Because the further you are from a VPN server, the longer it takes data packets to travel between your device and the server, resulting in lower speeds.

Ideally, you should connect to a VPN server that’s close to you, like in a neighbouring country.

Use a Speedier VPN Protocol

Some protocols are lighter while others eat up a lot of resources. If you’re having VPN problems with the speed, try avoiding “heavy” protocols like OpenVPN and SSTP.

Instead, switch to faster and lighter protocols like IKEv2, L2TP/IPSec, and SoftEther if possible. PPTP is also an option since it offers very high speeds, but we wouldn’t really recommend it due to its lack of proper security.

Generally, IKEv2 and SoftEther are great options if you need protocols that offer fast, smooth speeds alongside top-notch security.

Use UDP Instead of TCP

This is a good fix if you insist on using OpenVPN, or if your provider only offers the OpenVPN protocol. While TCP is the standard for online connections due to its error correction features, it tends to be slower than UDP.

Since UDP doesn’t include error correction, any data that goes through the protocol takes less time to arrive to its destination.

Change the Network Port

When your device connects to a VPN server, and communicates with it, it uses a network port. VPN clients will normally allow you to pick which port the connection will use – at least for certain VPN protocols.

There’s a chance that the VPN server isn’t communicating well with your device through the port you’re using. Alternatively, your ISP might slow down any traffic that goes through said port – usually because they want to throttle your bandwidth.

So, try switching between different ports to see if you get better speeds.

Add Exceptions to Your Security Software

Sometimes, your antivirus/antimalware program or firewall can interfere with your VPN connections, causing them to slow down. That usually happens because they closely analyze each data packet you send to and receive from the VPN server, which takes time and consumes resources.

Ideally, you should add the VPN client as an exception in your security software instead of disabling it directly. That way, you’ll still have a way to protect yourself from viruses and malware.

Lastly, Switch to a Faster VPN

If your VPN provider enforces bandwidth caps, uses slow servers to save money, only offers resource-intensive protocols like OpenVPN and SSTP, or doesn’t route your traffic correctly, your speeds will take a hit.

In that case, your best bet is to just switch to a different provider – preferably one that offers unlimited bandwidth, speedy servers (like 1 Gbps speeds), and speed-optimized protocols like IKEv2 and SoftEther.

2. How to Fix VPN Clients That Crash Constantly

All software crashes at one point or the other. If your VPN client crashes randomly once or twice, it’s not a huge problem. It can be a system error which might not happen again.

But if you’re experiencing constant VPN issues with crashing, you can’t ignore that problem.

Update Your VPN Client

VPN clients can sometimes have bugs or code errors that cause them to keep crashing. Devs usually solve that problem by fixing the issue with a client update.

So, you need to be sure you have the latest VPN client version. If you don’t, you’ll normally get a prompt to update to the latest version every time you log into your account. Whether it’s a pop-up message or a low-key notification, make sure you go through with it.

Restart Your Device

This might not sound like much, but it might actually work for some people – especially if you just installed or updated the VPN client. There’s a chance your OS hasn’t properly processed all those changes, and a reboot is just what it needs.

Close Programs You’re Not Using

Some programs might butt heads with the VPN client, but it’s not usually because they’re designed to do that.

Instead, if you have an older computer, a weak CPU, or don’t have enough RAM, it’s very likely that running multiple programs alongside the VPN client will eat up too much memory and too many resources.

If that’s the case, your OS will likely shut down the VPN client. That, or the VPN client might just crash because there’s not enough memory for it to run properly.

Whichever the case, just make sure you’re only running the VPN client.

Reinstall Your VPN Client

If none of the previous solutions worked for you, try reinstalling the VPN client. Don’t just hit the reinstall option, though.

Instead, remove all traces of it from your device, download the installer, and go through the installation process again.

Who knows, maybe there was an error during the previous installation process which messed up the program.

3. Solutions If Your VPN Won’t Connect

If you just can’t successfully connect to a VPN server, there are some things you can do to fix the problem:

Make Sure You Have Web Access

Seems redundant, we know, but there’s always a chance that you might not have Internet access when trying to connect to a VPN server.

The simplest way to check if this is a problem is to just access a random web page on your browser. If you can’t connect to it, there’s an issue with your Internet connection – and that will obviously affect your ability to use a VPN.

If that’s the case, try turning off your router for 30 seconds, and turning it back on again. Alternatively, restart it, or try using a different DNS server (like Google Public DNS).

If that doesn’t work, get in touch with your ISP.

Check Your Login Credentials

You’ll normally get a notification saying you entered the wrong username and password when you try to log in, so this shouldn’t really be a problem.

However, if you run a VPN on a router, and you or your VPN provider recently updated the login credentials you use, your VPN connection might not go through if you didn’t update the username and password on your router as well.

Also, if your VPN provider is the one who sets you up with login credentials, and updates them on your behalf, your connection might not work if they suddenly changed them while you’re signed into the VPN client.

If that’s the case, just restart the client, and log in with the new username and password.

Restart or Reinstall Your VPN Client

Maybe client errors are preventing you from successfully establishing a connection to a server. So, just restart the client, and try again.

If that doesn’t work, uninstall it from your system, download the installation files, and install the client again. Make sure you install the latest version.

Switch to a Different Protocol or Port

There’s always a chance that the VPN protocol you’re using isn’t working for you – maybe because of the VPN provider or your network settings.

If you suspect that is the problem, just use a different VPN protocol.

At the same time, try using a different network port to connect to the VPN server since the network you’re using or your ISP might block traffic on the port you’re currently using.

Make Sure the VPN Server Isn’t Down

If you do have web access, the VPN server you’re trying to connect to might be down or it might be too overcrowded. That tends to happen a lot if you use free VPNs.

How do you check?

Well, it depends on how the VPN provider makes that info available to you. You could ask them over social media, or you might be able to check through the VPN client.

If you’re a CactusVPN user, just log into your account, go to Services, hit Manage on your active subscription, and you’ll see the whole list of VPN servers detailing if there are any problems.

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If the server you’re trying to use is experiencing problems, just connect to a different one, wait until the VPN provider fixes the issue, or – the best option – contact the provider’s support team.

Restart/Reinstall or Update Your Internet Browser

You should only do this if you’re using a VPN extension for a specific browser. Sometimes, they won’t work correctly if you have an older browser version, or if your browser is experiencing internal errors which you can fix by restarting or reinstalling it.

Check Your Router

Sometimes, you might not manage to connect to a VPN server because of your router – specifically your router’s Passthrough feature.

If you want to learn more about Passthrough and VPNs, check out this article.

But the main idea is this –  if you don’t enable Passthrough for specific VPN protocols (PPTP, IPSec, and L2TP), VPN traffic won’t be able to go through your router, resulting in failed connection attempts.

Normally, you need to access the admin account on your router (the login details are usually on the router itself or in the manual), and check the Passthrough setting.

Please keep in mind that not all routers support Passthrough features.

Besides that, you also need to make sure you forwarded and opened the right ports on your router. For example, if you didn’t forward UDP port 500, and closed the 50 ESP and 51 AH protocols, IPSec VPN connections (like IPSec, L2TP/IPSec, and IKEv2) won’t run, so you won’t be able to connect to a VPN server using those protocols.

4. Getting Disconnected Often? Here’s What to Do

You managed to connect to the server, you finally secured your data, and you’re now able to unblock any content you want.

But your connection keeps going down, preventing you from enjoying the service.

If you’re dealing with that, here’s what you can try:

Adjust Your Firewall Settings

Firewalls often interfere with VPN traffic, to the point where they shut it down completely. So, you should check if your firewall is configured to block VPN data packets.

If that’s the case, don’t go ahead and shut down the firewall – it’s still an important security measure. Instead, add inbound and outbound exceptions for the VPN service you’re using. That way, the firewall shouldn’t interfere with any VPN traffic.

Also, the same advice goes for your antimalware/antivirus program.

Switch to a Lighter VPN Protocol

If you’re using a protocol like OpenVPN which is very resource-intensive, your VPN connection can go down – especially if your CPU can’t handle the encryption.

Before picking a different protocol, you can try using OpenVPN over UDP. But if the problem persists, try other protocols like SoftEther, L2TP/IPSec, or IKEv2.

PPTP is also an option, but please keep in mind it’s not secure at all.

Access the Web Via Cable

Sometimes, your VPN connection can go down if you’re using WiFi instead of cable. That doesn’t happen very often, but you can find people online saying they managed to solve VPN connection issues by using the Ethernet cable instead of WiFi.

You might encounter this problem if you use multiple routers – different ones for different devices, or if you connect a separate router to the one provided to you by your ISP.

If using the cable is just not an option for you, check your router’s documentation to see how you can enable bridge mode between all your routers.

Use a Different DNS Server

Some VPN connection issues can occur because the VPN provider’s DNS server is experiencing problems. You can easily solve that problem by just using a different DNS server.

Changing the DNS server can be a bit tricky or simple – it all depends on how the VPN provider handles it. Just keep in mind that using a different DNS server might expose you to DNS leaks, though it’s not guaranteed to happen.

If you use CactusVPN, you can easily pick a different DNS server straight from the client. Just head to Settings, and pick which DNS server you want to use – CactusVPN DNS, OpenDNS, or Google Public DNS.

And don’t worry about DNS leaks – we offer top-notch DNS leak protection.

Use a Server That’s Closer to You

If the VPN server is on a different continent or so, you’re likely to get slow speeds. But sometimes, your connection might also go down because of the distance.

So, try connecting to a VPN server that’s closer to your country to see if that fixes the problem.

If All Else Fails

If none of the VPN troubleshooting tips in this article work for you, the best thing you can do is contact your VPN provider’s customer support team.

With CactusVPN, all you need to do is sign into your account, and open a ticket. We provide 24/7 support, so we’ll solve your VPN problems as fast as we can.

Conclusion

VPN not working?

It can be for a number of reasons: Your connection speeds are slow, you can’t connect to the server, your connection keeps going down, or the VPN software crashes continuously.

Whichever the case, there are various VPN troubleshooting tips you can try to solve the VPN problems you’re dealing with. Here’s a quick overview:

Slow VPN Speeds

  • Switch to a server that’s closer to you.
  • Use a less resource-intensive protocol (IKEv2, SoftEther, L2TP/IPSec).
  • Use OpenVPN over UDP, not TCP.
  • Change network ports.
  • Make sure your security software isn’t affecting your VPN speeds.
  • Switch to a faster VPN provider.

VPN Client Crashing

  • Update the VPN client.
  • Restart your device.
  • Close additional programs you’re not using.
  • Reinstall the VPN client.

VPN Not Connecting

  • Check your Internet connection.
  • Make sure your login credentials are correct.
  • Either restart or reinstall your VPN client.
  • Use a faster VPN protocol, and a different network port.
  • Check if the VPN server is up and running.
  • Restart, reinstall, or update your web browser if you’re using a VPN extension.
  • Make sure your router has the right open and forwarded ports, and that it has Passthrough enabled.

VPN Connections Going Down

  • Add exceptions for the VPN to your firewall and antivirus/antimalware program.
  • Use a lighter VPN protocol instead of a resource-intensive one like OpenVPN.
  • Connect to the web over cable, or enable bridge mode if you’re using multiple routers.
  • Switch to a different DNS server.
  • Use a VPN server that’s physically closer to your location.

6 Reasons to Use a Military VPN If You’re in the Army

Military VPN

Joining the military can be a life-changing experience, but it also means spending long periods of time away from your lover, friends, and family, and not being able to browse the Internet without dealing with cyber security threats and content restrictions.

While there are plenty of online resources on how to deal with separation from those close to you, there isn’t enough info on how to solve the second issue.

No need to worry, though – we’ll show you how to use a military VPN to enjoy the web like everyone else.

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How to Torrent Anonymously (5 Easy Methods)

Download torrents anonymously

Torrenting traffic used to be declining, but not anymore. It seems more and more online users have turned to BitTorrent traffic to escape the shackles of overpriced streaming platforms and exclusive content.

That’s pretty understandable. But if you’re one of those Internet users, you should learn how to torrent anonymously to make sure you don’t end up in any trouble.

If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry – here’s everything you need to know about anonymous torrenting.

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Complete List of Websites Only Available in UK (How to Unblock Them)

websites only available in uk

The UK entertainment scene is simply wonderful. You have tons of memorable, popular, and fun to watch shows like “EastEnders,”“Fawlty Towers,”“The Office,” and “Blue Peter.” Unfortunately, you can only enjoy most of that content on websites only available in UK.

If you are outside the country, tough luck – that seems to be the way content providers approach this topic.

Well, no longer. We’ll show you a list of UK-only websites, discuss why you can’t access them, and offer you easy ways to unblock them.

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4 Good Reasons to Start Using a Viber VPN Today

Viber VPN

With nearly over one billion registered users, Viber is one of the most popular VoIP services right now. It’s not hard to see why – the service is free to use, features strong end-to-end encryption, works across tons of platforms, and is very user-friendly.

However, not everyone can enjoy Viber due to government restrictions. Luckily, you can bypass such nonsense by simply using a Viber VPN service.

What Is a VPN?

Simply put, a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is an online service you can use to encrypt your Internet traffic (making it indecipherable), and hide your real IP address to mask your digital footprints.

Okay, So Why Should You Use a VPN for Viber?

Here are the four main reasons using a VPN to access Viber is a very good idea:

1. To Unblock It

“Wait, there are no geo-blocks keeping me from using Viber, so what’s the deal with that statement?”

That’s true. You can access Viber’s website and use their app from any country – as far as they are concerned, that is.

While geo-blocks might not be a concern, government censorship sure is. The authorities can easily pressure national ISPs to block Viber country-wide anywhere in the world.

Why? Because governments love to have total control over your data, and the way Viber encrypts your communications prevents that from happening.

And that’s not just speculation on our part.

Russia’s PM already said the government might consider blocking Viber if the devs don’t comply with the authorities’ requests – requests that would give the Russian government access to users’ private communications. Also, Viber faced a ban threat in South Korea some years ago.

Plus, Chad already blocked Viber (alongside many other services), and so has China. Other countries that have banned Viber include:

Some of the countries listed above continue to block Viber to this day, while others only blocked it temporarily. Still, how long those restrictions last really doesn’t matter. The fact that you have to deal with them for even one second is unacceptable.

Overall, whether you live in a country that blocks Viber, or are just travelling through it, you’re going to have to put up with annoying restrictions that strip you of your online freedom and privacy.

Unless you use a Viber VPN service, that is.

A VPN will hide your IP address, allowing you to easily bypass any government’s firewall – yes, even China’s Great Firewall.

What’s more, a VPN also encrypts your Internet traffic, making sure your government can’t see you’re using Viber, and use that against you.

2. To Secure Your Online Traffic When Using Viber

Viber offers decent security, there’s no doubt about it. People were skeptical when they introduced end-to-end encryption at first because the devs weren’t too open about the whole process.

But there’s an official whitepaper from Viber now that clearly discusses what type of encryption they use, and how they use it. Also, the info makes it pretty clear that not even the Viber staff has access to the encryption keys that secure user communications.

So then, why would you need a VPN for Viber to protect your data?

Well, it’s mostly about when and where you use Viber. If you use public WiFi to communicate over Viber, you might put some of your privacy at risk. While the service and website use encryption, the WiFi network likely doesn’t.

That means any cybercriminal can monitor your traffic, and see that you’re using Viber.

Why is that a problem?

Well, if they’re crafty enough, they might even try to intercept some of the data packets you send to the application or website. With enough luck, they might get access to sensitive information.

With a Viber VPN, though, you don’t need to worry about. The service encrypts all your Internet traffic, making sure nobody can track it to see what you’re doing on the web.

Plus, if you just don’t feel safe putting all your faith in Viber, a VPN can help hide some of your personal data from them. For example, if you use a VPN to access Viber’s server or app, they wouldn’t be able to see your real IP address, and any data associated with it.

3. To Get Rid of Bandwidth Throttling

If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s when your ISP intentionally lowers your online speeds because you use up “too much” of their data on various activities – like online gaming, downloading files, streaming movies, and even using VoIP apps.

ISPs tend to do that to decrease network congestion and offer all users a smoother experience. However, they’re also likely to use bandwidth throttling as an aggressive sales tactics, effectively forcing users to pay for a pricier subscription or data plan to enjoy stable speeds.

Well, if you use a VPN when you use Viber, your ISP won’t manage to throttle your bandwidth. The VPN encrypts your traffic, and your ISP will only see gibberish when they try to analyze it. At most, they’ll see you connect to a VPN server, but nothing else. 

4. To Bypass Annoying Firewalls at School and Work

Sometimes, workplaces and schools block VoIP services on their networks – either to make sure students don’t slack off by talking with their friends during class, or to ensure employees only use the company’s in-house VoIP service.

Whatever the case, the result is the same – you can’t use Viber because of school or workplace firewall rules that prevent outbound traffic from going to Viber, and inbound traffic from coming from it.

Sure, you could say the reasoning is understandable, but is it fair? After all, who is to say you can’t talk with your significant other or best friend on Viber when you’re on your break?

The good news is that you can easily bypass firewall restrictions with a VPN for Viber. Just connect to a VPN server, and you’ll instantly hide your IP address and route your traffic through the server, overcoming all firewall restrictions.

How to Use a Viber VPN Service

The process is very simple. You just need to pick a VPN provider and subscribe to their service, download and install their client, and connect to a VPN server in a country where Viber is available.

That’s it. All that’s left is enjoying your online experience.

In case Viber is available in your country but your workplace/school network blocks it, it’s enough to connect to a VPN server in your own country. That way, you get better speeds.

Can You Use Tor or a Proxy to Unblock Viber?

Those options might seem like a convenient way to unblock Viber. However, they both have their issues (which we will discuss below) which make them less appealing solutions.

Why Tor Isn’t Suitable

Tor is an anonymity network, so that enough should make it a good choice, right?

Well, not exactly. For one, Tor isn’t very efficient. There is only a limited number of relays (around 6,000-7,000 right now) for a very high number of users (almost three million). So, you might get pretty slow and unstable speeds.

Besides that, Tor has had security issues in the past which caused the service to leak user IP addresses. That alone can stop you from unblocking Viber in your country, abroad, and at work or school.

What’s more, Tor’s exit relays don’t always encrypt traffic, so the owner of the server and their ISP could see your online data. Also, if a government wants to, they can block Tor traffic entirely or block access to the network.

So, you might manage to unblock Viber if you’re lucky. But your connection might drop randomly, or you might lose access if your IP ever gets leaked.

Why a Proxy Might Not Work Well

While a proxy server can unblock the Viber website for you no matter where you are in the world, there’s no guarantee it can unblock the app as well.

Why? Because proxies are mostly meant to unblock websites, not software. Of course, you might be lucky, and manage to unblock Viber with a proxy, but there’s also a chance that won’t work.

Also, if you’re looking to secure your online traffic when you’re using Viber, a proxy server won’t be able to encrypt your traffic and data like a VPN. While some proxies can offer a certain degree of security, it’s nowhere near as thorough and efficient as a VPN’s encryption.

What Makes CactusVPN the Best VPN for Viber?

For starters, our VPN service offers military-grade encryption and a no-log policy, so you’ll get guaranteed online privacy and security. What’s more, we also provide a Kill Switch and DNS leak protection.

Also, we offer 25+ high-speed servers from around the world, and each one of them features unlimited bandwidth. Plus, we provide easy-to-use, cross-platform compatible apps alongside step-by-step tutorials.

And if you really want to use a proxy server, we’ve got you covered too. All our VPNs servers double as proxy servers, so you get to enjoy secure servers along proxy features.

So go ahead and give our service a try. We offer a free 24-hour trial (no credit card details needed) and a 30-day money-back guarantee, so there are 0 risks. 

Using a Viber VPN Service – The Bottom Line

Viber is an excellent VoIP service. It’s just a shame many governments have a problem with its pro-privacy features, and ban the service.

Luckily, there’s an easy solution – just use a VPN for Viber to bypass all those restrictions. The service will hide your IP address, and encrypt your traffic, making sure nobody can monitor your traffic and dictate what you can and can’t do on the web.

Plus, besides that perk, you also get other advantages if you use a Viber VPN service:

  • Your ISP can no longer throttle your bandwidth if you use Viber “too much.” 
  • Your school or workplace can no longer use firewalls to block Viber on their networks. 
  • You get a much more secure Viber experience when you use public WiFi. 

Just be sure to choose a reliable VPN provider so that you can enjoy a smooth, hassle-free experience.

VPN Advantages and Disadvantages (Everything You Should Know)

VPN Advantages and Disadvantages

VPNs are more popular than ever nowadays, but – despite that – there are still plenty of people who don’t know what such a service can offer them. Well, we’re going to be discussing the real benefits and disadvantages of VPN services in this article, so that you’ll have an easier time deciding if they are right for you or not.

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Here’s a Restricted Websites List of US-Only Websites

Here’s a Restricted Websites List of US-Only Websites

US entertainment is beyond enjoyable. The country very often offers the best when it comes to music, movies, and TV series. It’s just a shame that most of that content is only available on US-only websites – meaning that if you live outside the US, you’re out of luck and can’t enjoy it.

If this is a topic that interests you, this article will be right up your alley. We’ll be discussing why some websites are only available in USA, how you can actually unblock them, and we’ll even offer a few select examples of US-only websites, and a whole US restricted websites list as well.
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Why Is Google Asking for Captcha When You Use a VPN?

VPN Google Captcha

When you use a VPN, Google CAPTCHA might take you by surprise. One moment you’re freely looking up things you want on Google, and the next your screen is filled with the “We’re sorry …” message.

If you’re curious why this happens when you use a VPN, we’ve got you covered. Here’s all you need to know about that. Continue reading

How to Unblock Websites (11 Methods)

How to Unblock Websites

Did you ever want to browse a website you thought would be really great but weren’t able to connect to it (even though your Internet connection was fine) or just got a message telling you the content wasn’t available in your country/region?

You’re not alone – blocked websites is something people around the world have to put up with. No worries, though – we’ll show you exactly how to unblock websites in this handy guide.

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Using a VPN Slows Down Internet – True or False? VPN Speed Explained

vpn slows down internet

Ever wondered if a VPN slows down Internet connection speeds? It’s a pretty popular topic – in fact, many people like to claim VPNs either slow down Internet speeds or speed them up.

Well, there are a lot of things you need to consider when thinking about VPN speed – and we’ll discuss all of them in this in-depth guide. We’ll also tell you which VPN speed tests you can use to see how your connections are doing.

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HTTPS vs VPN – What’s the Difference?

HTTPS vs VPN

HTTPS vs VPN services – what’s the better option?

This is a question we got asked lots of times by our users and other people online. So, we put together this article to showcase what HTTPS and VPNs actually are as well as what sets them apart, so that people can understand why it shouldn’t be a matter of HTTPS vs VPN tech since both of them work well together. Continue reading

How to Secure Chromecast

Secure Chromecast

Chromecast is definitely an amazing device when it comes to modern entertainment. Though, all the convenience of being to cast your mobile screen on your TV does make you wonder – how secure is Chromecast actually?

Well, while there might be some concerns, you don’t need to worry that much. Making your device more secure isn’t really difficult. In fact, we’ll show you exactly how to secure Chromecast in this 4-minute article. Continue reading

Here’s the Best Way to Test VPN Connections

Test VPN Connections

Want to test VPN connections to make sure everything is running as it should but not sure where to start?

No worries – we’ve put this guide together to show you exactly what VPN tests you should run to check your connections, and how to do it as well. Continue reading

6 Reasons You Need to Use a VPN for Travel

VPN for Travel

Not sure if you should use a VPN for travel during your next vacation? Don’t worry – we’ll tell you everything you need to know about this.

Now, the short answer is yes, you should definitely use a VPN when traveling abroad. In case you’d like to know exactly why, just read on or use our Table of Contents links. Continue reading

What Are the Main Benefits of VPNs?

Benefits of VPN

Ever wondered what the benefits of VPNs are? Well, we aim to answer all your questions with this thorough article.

We’ll start out by showcasing the main advantages in a clear, streamlined list. For those of you who’d like a more in-depth look at the benefits of VPN services for specific scenarios, we’ve got you covered with the rest of this article – like how a VPN can help your business, how a VPN service can make traveling more enjoyable, and other interesting stuff like that.

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VPN vs. Firewall vs. Antivirus – What’s the Difference?

VPN vs Firewall vs Antivirus

A lot of people like to debate the topic of “VPN vs. firewall” or “VPN vs. antivirus,” trying to promote one solution over the other. But the truth is that VPNs, firewalls, and antivirus software work best in unison, not separately.

To help you better understand why, we’ll go ahead and explain what a VPN, a firewall, and an antivirus are, and how firewalls and antivirus software are different from VPNs.

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How to Choose the Best VPN Server Location

Best VPN Server Location

Selecting the best VPN server location can be difficult if you are new to VPNs. Even people who have been using VPNs for a while can encounter difficulties sometimes.

Well, don’t worry – we’ll go ahead and explain what things you need to keep in mind when choosing a VPN server.

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Using a VPN at Work Will Protect Your Privacy

Using a VPN at work

Using a VPN at work may be the solution to remove a lot of unnecessary stress in the relationship with your employer. If you are like the rest of us poor working Joes, you probably spend between 8 to 12 hours a day at your job. Now, that is definitely a very a long time! At some point throughout this day, you may want to access your personal email, your Facebook or even perform a few personal Internet tasks. Continue reading

Here’s How Easy It Is to Enjoy Unblocked Music Sites & Apps

Unblocked Music

The Internet is full of amazing music streaming websites and apps. Some of the most popular examples would include Pandora Radio, iHeartRadio, Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, Radio.com, SoundCloud Go, Napster US, and TuneIn Radio.

It’s just a shame that – quite often – you can only enjoy what they offer after you unblocked the music sites in question.

That’s right – depending on various factors – you might not have full access to any music streaming website or app you want.
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Here’s Exactly Why You Need to Use a VoIP VPN

VoIP VPN

Picture this – you just landed a sweet gig as a freelancer for a client that pays well. They were impressed with your work, and want to hire you, but there’s just one problem – they need to schedule a VoIP call with you. And you live in a country where VoIP services are blocked. Continue reading

Is Using a VPN to Get Cheaper Flights Possible?

using vpn to get cheaper flights

Whether you’re just going on vacation or on a business trip, it’s extremely easy to spend anywhere between a few thousand dollars up to tens of thousands of dollars per year on airline tickets nowadays – depending on how frequent you fly, and where you fly to.

Things might not be this bad if airlines wouldn’t rely on online price discrimination so much. It’s actually why many frequent travelers have started using VPNs to get cheaper flights too.

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What Are the Benefits of Using a Proxy Server?

Benefits of Proxy Server

Ever wondered if there are any worthwhile benefits to using proxy servers?

Well, as a matter of fact, there are a few decent advantages (but also drawbacks) you as an online user should consider when deciding whether or not to use such a service.

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7 Reasons You Need to Use a VPN for Gaming

VPN for Gaming

Nowadays, you can’t really enjoy a quality gaming experience when you’re online without using a gaming VPN. And while you might think that VPNs are only used to secure people’s data and privacy, the reality is that they can do much more than that.

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Free VPNs vs. Paid VPNs – What Are the Differences?

Free VPNs vs Paid VPNs

Are there any major, noteworthy differences when it comes to comparing free VPNs vs. paid VPNs? Other than the price thing, obviously. After all, they’re both VPNs, so they should be able to offer you the same experience, right?

Not quite. In fact, when you start taking a closer look at the main disadvantages that set free VPNs apart from their paid counterparts, that’s when things really start to get interesting – but not in a good way, unfortunately. Continue reading

Why You Need to Hide Your IP Address on Android

Hide IP Address on Android

Each month, there are over 2 billion active Android devices registered by Google, making it safe to assume that there are at least 1 billion monthly active Android users (if not more) on the market. That’s 1 billion people – or more – whose personal data, online privacy, and digital freedom is in constant danger – provided they don’t bother to hide IP addresses on Android devices they own and use. Continue reading

4 Ways to Use a VPN for SEO

VPN for SEO

The SEO industry has been making massive gains over the past years. More individuals and businesses rely on SEO to improve their branding, social reach, and online traffic – and the money spent on SEO backs that up. Back in 2016, the US alone accounted for $65 billion being spent on SEO, with the numbers being expected to rise to around $79 billion by 2020. Continue reading

The Need for UK VPN: Tips and Benefits

websites only available in uk

In the modern world, privacy is no longer a right, but rather a privilege. Depending on the country we live in, the government can engage in anything from video surveillance on the streets to more intrusive methods of scrutiny such as snooping on the citizens’ emails, SMS, phone calls and even online routine. However, acknowledging such facts is not the same as acting against them. Nobody wants to have their entire online activity followed, especially in countries such as the United Kingdom which has, perhaps, the most drastic surveillance system in the Western World. To evade this type of scrutiny, a strong, reliable UK VPN is the way to go. Continue reading

Here’s Exactly Why You Need to Start Using a Canada VPN

Canada VPN

While Canada VPN user numbers have been making steady gains over the past years, Canada is still among the countries with the lowest VPN usage in the world – at least according to recent research. Continue reading

4 Reasons You Should Use a USA VPN Today

USA VPN

How many people in the United States use a USA VPN when they go online?

Not enough, in our opinion. According to some research, as little as 5% of all Internet users in the country use a United States VPN when accessing the web. Since there are around 286 million online users in the US, that would amount to somewhere around 14 to 15 million VPN users.

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How to Unblock Pandora Outside the US

How to get Pandora Unblocked

Pandora is a US-based music streaming service that gives you access to thousands of hours of music from some of the best artists. This prime service is available as a full version in the US. However, most countries get limited or no access due to copyright restrictions. In this post, we’ll be showing you how you can get Pandora unblocked when you’re outside of the US.
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How to Get Spotify Unblocked with VPN

Spotify Unblocked with VPN

Spotify is a popular music platform that lets you access thousands of songs from a multitude of artists. It also allows you to tailor-make your own playlist and let it play for hours at a time. It brings with it unlimited customization, as well as the freedom to listen to music from any device that has an internet connection. But what about the restrictions against this service applied by your school? Or the regional licence agreements that prohibits access to the platform? In this post, we’ll look at how to get Spotify unblocked at school or anywhere else using a VPN service.
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How to Get Hulu Unblocked Outside of US

Get Hulu Unblocked

Hulu is a great entertainment resource which provides an outstanding range of contents, such as TV shows, movies, clips, trailers, behind-the-scenes footage and a lot of other different media. But Hulu does have one major drawback. It’s only available as long as you live in the United States and on its overseas territories. Well, do not worry, we are gonna give you some easy tips and tricks to get Hulu unblocked outside of US!
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How to encrypt your email and why to do it?

Encrypt Email

In a world where your personal data is a highly valuable commodity, it’s become increasingly important to be safe . In other words, to do everything you can to protect data essential to you against prying eyes. And since email continues to be one of the most popular ways to keep in touch with your loved ones and your business partners, you may find it useful to learn how to encrypt an email. Find our tips below! Continue reading

What Is IP Spoofing and How to Protect Yourself against It

What is IP Spoofing

If you’re just a normal internet user and don’t have a lot of technical knowledge about how the internet works and how you can become a victim of hackers without even know it then you need to read this article to find out what is IP spoofing and how you are able to stop hackers from attacking you. Continue reading

PeerBlock VS VPN – What to use to be safe online

PeerBlock VS VPN

There are plenty of things to discuss when it comes to online privacy and surfing the web unhinged by any geo-restrictions forcefully imposed. There are a lot of websites that offer software capable of shielding you from everything bad, but this doesn’t mean it’s true. Continue reading

VPN apps removed from the App Store in China

China

The Internet freedom took yet another blow as VPN apps have been deleted from China’s App Store. These have been vastly used in the past years by internet users, in their attempt to overcome the strict censorship system.

According to Apple officials, the VPN apps contain content that is illegal in this country, violating therefore Apple’s policies and which finally led to their removal from the Chinese version of the App Store. Continue reading

Putin signs ban of VPNs in Russia

Russia Ban VPNs

President Vladimir Putin signed the law that prohibits the use of VPN services to access blocked websites in Russia. This comes only one day after Apple announced that VPN apps have been removed from the China App Store. Continue reading

Is an iPhone VPN necessary, despite the iPhone encryption?

VPN for iPhone

Apple has made it abundantly clear since the introduction of iOS 8 in 2014, that all their devices are encrypted and therefore protected against hackers and thieves. But is that all you need in order to have your online privacy and sensitive data protected or do you also need a VPN for iPhone? Let’s find the answer together by exploring all aspects below.
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Russian Duma voted the Ban of VPNs

Russia Ban VPNs

The Parliament voted a bill in Russia on Friday, which would outlaw any web tools that allow Internet users to bypass officially banned websites and access restricted content. This is the latest step Russia has taken in the effort of tightening online services control and has been justified as a necessary measure against extremist content that’s been spreading in online communities.
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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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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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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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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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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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VPN Split Tunnelling – What and Why?

VPN Services

VPN Split Tunnelling I think is a relatively straight forward concept but the implementation can be somewhat baffling but I am here to describe what exactly it is and why it could be beneficial to you.

We of course start first with explaining what exactly VPN Split Tunnelling is. I think you can probably work out what it is just by looking at the name. It literally just means having two different connections for different things, hence the term split. Your traffic is split between two different networks, simple as.
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Does Your VPN Provider Location Matter?

VPN Location

The short answer is yes. If you are concerned about your privacy online then making an investment in a VPN is probably the best choice for you. However, exactly where should your VPN provider be located and does this matter? Continue reading

VPN Cascading

VPN Cascading

Covey maintains that “Nothing is as fast as the speed of trust,” meaning nothing can accelerate a transaction, a task, or project of any kind like trust. For instance, when there is a high level of trust between parties in a business transaction, deals can be made in minutes with a handshake.
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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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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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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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