I have just finished a 3 month free trial period, I'm very happy with this VPN service, and this is my review:
Let's start with the Cons:
-Torrent downloads are a bit slow when using the NL servers. In fact, they go much faster without using VPN. So the full package is a bit useless for me. The US or UK packages are more than enough.
-When connected to the LA server, I could not use Google, it would say I'm sending automated queries or something like that. Quite annoying.
-Sometimes it gets disconnected and you need to wait a few minutes or change server (it might actually be a problem with the provider -- China's internet is quite crappy).
And now with the Pros:
-Very easy to set up. I use the manual set up for Windows 7, Android and iOS, without the software.
-The number of servers they offer is not astounding (9 servers if you get the whole package, or 3 for a single package), but they work well most of the time.
-Downloads and streaming go at an amazing speed! And with no usage limit, so you don't need to keep an eye on the GB meter.
-It allows to connect different devices at the same time to different servers (and sometimes even to the same server at the same time, if you're lucky).
-I connect in mainland China, sometimes using my phone from remote locations, with no problem!
-Compared with what others offer for this price, it's a pretty good deal.
-And of course, the support staff, fast replies to questions, the free giveaways on Facebook...! Thanks!!
I have to say that so far my experience with Cactus VPN is excellent! It's dead easy to set up and the download and streaming performance is fantastic. Top marks!
Cactus was recommended to me as a good quality VPN. Unfortunately I did not have a similarly good experience as although the streaming speed was of normal quality the download speed of the same programme was atrocious and as such I will not be purchasing a VPN package from Cactus.
So far this falls short of an easy to use service
I have been considering subscribing to such a service for some time but always felt it was going to be a very complicated process. The free 24 hour trial is a great idea and the main factor in me deciding to try. It was very straight forward to use and I quickly set it up for use on my iPad and Windows 7 PC. I was so pleased with the results that I subscribed even before the end of the free trial. A great service, simple to use and great value for money!
I have just finished my 3 day free trail. I have made comparison speed tests with my existing VPN service which I am finding is slowing down my download speed. In all tests Cactus came out on top with very little loss of speed. I have another 3 months left on my existing contract which when it runs out I shall definitely change over to Cactus.
Steve Shaller in Spain
Very fast and highly efficient.
It was great
During the week, I compared the quality of services of different companies providing VPN services, and stopped at kaktusvpn. cheap tariff plans, really fast servers, no interruptions, as well as a very handy software that is compatible with all installed applications on the computer.
But the main thing is really secure anonymous Internet connection.
Use the services of kaktusvpn already half a year and am very pleased!...
Pretty good speeds but unsure about the privacy and logging policies.
With the strong possibility of losing UK TV channels hear in Spain, I have been looking at ways of receiving UK restricted sites such as I-players, and have been trailing a number of VPN and Smart DNS solutions. So far I have found several good providers at various costs, Cactus smart DNS works very well and is competitively price, and is currently the one I would choose! However there are still a couple of other providers I have yet to evaluate, before making a final decision when the my satellite TV is lost in November.
I'm IT technician and I'm sick and tired about VPN services that gives you false feeling of exclusivity and full control. Which gives you loads of options to choose from, than you carefully pick one, and get nothing. Slow speeds, reconnections, servers down etc.
But Cactus VPN seems to be different. I love the simplicity, leading almost to minimalism. You visit their page, choose server location, pay and be amazed by their simple and fast GUI and blazing speed VPN, tailored on today's high speed connection.
As long as CactusVPN stays like that, they have my full loyalty.
Thank you, CactusVPN staff.
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the best VPN-service ever!
I have used several VPN services before as I travel between the UAE and Thailand. For example in the UAE, Skype is banned and in Thailand where I spend most of my time, I like to watch UK channels and use some gambling websites and without doubt CactusVPN is the best service I have used so far. It is very reliable and ticks all the boxes for me. I can watch TV easily without getting cut off or slow connection and talking on Skype is much improved since I switched to CactusVPN. I recommend it and will tell all my friends and contacts to use CactusVPN.
have been using free trial for about 7 hours now and it seems to work well. have had a few issues with auto disconnects running ubuntu linux but for the most part the connection is stable and fast.
It's the first time ever i've had to leave the comforts of home. I had some business to take care of and was sent to the Middle East. Concerned that i'd never be able to access websites, that I wouldln't be able to use Netflix or download anything here, I searched and searched and searched and came accross Cactus.
I've never dealt with this stuff before so I didn't know what I was doing.
Long story short, it's one of the best decisions i've ever made. Not only does it feel like i'm back in the US but the service is still incredibly fast.
As for customer Support goes, that deserves 5 stars as well. I wanted to switch my package from the UK to US servers and opened a ticket. Thinking it would take days to hear a reply, I left my laptop alone. Literally 10 minutes later I received not only a response but a resolution, they had switched my service with no hassle to me.
These guys deserve more customers, they're absolutely amazing.
Great Job Cactus. Keep it up.
thanks , im using VPN free
this a super vpn its awesome goooood i will recommend it for all of u
Hsin Cheng L.
High quality VPN service, I use the SSTP VPN linking the U.S. server vendor in this, on average, stability is also good!
There is a very small drawback, if you can provide a longer test, will be better, because the server stability test only one day less accurate. This is my personal little opinion!
Anyway, it gave me a wonderful experience, This will be my future considering buying one of VPN service providers.
very expert service..
I have been trying to find a VPN for a while, The internet is saturated with various companys, this is about my 15th tria, Look no further the software is seemless and bug free,and no manual setup, they do it for you and even your Smart DNS 5* dont waste your time finding other companys, I have done that for you. ;-)
I have just used my smart dns service trail which has worked very well in the UK.
It has allowed content from Netflix US on both my Xbox and PS3.
As for other content it cannot allow other apps to function as it does not mask your region.
This could be a very good service if they could unrestrict all content but as yet they cant.
I love you CactusVPN, 100% no bug in internet.
THE BEST I LOVE IT
Been using CactusVPN for close to a month now and no real problems. Any time I have had a question and submitted a ticked that was marked as low priority the team got back to me quickly as if my questions where of high priority. I don't think I will be switching VPN servers any time soon. Thanks CactusVPN.
24 hours of free trial.
Best in the market with such a low price!!
I've just completed a trial of the Cactus VPN service, and I'm pleased overall with the results, although I have one or two negative things to report.
The good stuff: This was an easy service to set up, and to use. The instructions were 98% clear (Only one bit of confusion when it came to how to actually start up the service for the first time, but I figured that out) and there were a ton of options for each type of computer or device you might have.
I did hit an obstacle when I tried to use it from my office which has it's own proxy server. That filters everything in and out of the office. But an email to Cactus's tech support very quickly pointed out the reasons, and some possible solutions. Excellent, helpful support. Top marks!
Now the negatives, and I think they are relatively minor for most users:
1. The FAQ section is totally lacking in content. Seemingly, no one asks any questions! A comparison with other VPN sites will show the difference. Several questions I had, that required me to delve deep into the Terms and Conditions legal text to answer could have been much more easily handled with a couple of sensible questions and answers in the FAQs.
2. The service only supports single user/device access. While that's clear for the well-informed tech-geek in the audience, it's not clear to the rest of us. What it means is, this service is going to get really expensive for the average joe who has (at least) one computer, and probably two, and a smartphone. Each has to have it's own VPN service, or you have to configure your router (if it allows it, and if you're smart enough, and if everything goes well) to be the VPN handling device. No. That's not good enough these days. For me, that was a deal-killer. My wife and I have four computers and two smartphones between us, and we want all of them to be on the VPN, available at any time, without the need to turn one off and turn another one on.
But for most people, this will not be a (major) problem.
In short, great service and good support. But not for us.
very happy with service, thanks, Great job guys.
Have been using CactusVPN for just over two months and just renewed for a full year of the p2p service.
All in all, once I'm connected and downloading the speed will max out my broadband ~23Mbps. However, if you go and start doing speed test you might not be happy. This particular service does NOT speed test well however, it does fill your bandwidth once you have a steady DL connection.
They have gotten to my support tickets very quickly with helpful answers and always polite.
I do not use their software. I use the manual setup for Win7 and it has worked perfectly, as I don't need the features of the software.
Honestly, for the price it can't be beat!
I needed a quick hand, being stationed overseas, and this is EXACTLY what the Doctor ordered! The setup is easy as long as you can read. It saved me many hours, and the price is right! I love the fact that i am able to use it on PC and iphone!
Thanks for making this service available!
Awesome speed, highly recommended.
Well, i had some problem in installing an application which required the internet connection from other than my country. I was running short of time and then i had to use some VPN service. I first used VPN service from flyvpn.com but the server was too busy to give me a trial account, so i switched to cactusvpn.com which actually solved my problem in no time. I found its service to be reliable and flexible enough. Well done CactusVPN!
I am a newcomer to using proxy or VPN services. My interest in having such a service related solely to being able to watch UK TV channels (BBC iPlayer, ITV Player) from where I live in France. I tried a number of providers who offered 'free''trials before subscription and one or two who offered a free service full stop. None of them worked very well, interruptions in sevice, slow connections etc etc.
Then, by pure chance I came across CactusVPN. I looked at the package figures, which compared to others seemed (and are!) very reasonable and lacking restrictions. I downloaded the trial, followed the instructions and voila! I had a working VPN connection. Yes, my connection speed was reduced but I could still stream Utube, IPlayer worked and the connection was 'solid'.
So, before the end of my trial I signed up for a monthly package.
I'm delighted with Cactus VPN, still have to install it on my tablet but the set-up instruction all seem very clear so I don't see that as a 'problem.
I still have to get to grips with losing my RealPlayer Download and Google Mail when I switch to VPN (Google thinks someone is trying to hack my account!) but I can cope with those irritations. And maybe I should use a proxy connection instead - which is an option unlike some other providers I looked at.
I'd recommend CactusVPN top anyone - in my limited experience it's simply the best!
its cool to use
CactusVPN is a stable VPN service privider. During about 2 months time I'm using the service for visiting blocked sites, it's providing a very fast network connection. When I watch videos on YouTube, I almost reach 100% of my bandwidth, so I don't have to wait for buffering to watch 1080p videos. The software's UI is clean and simple, it's very easy to use, even for a kid. I haven't encountered any problem so far. Good Work Guys!
High quality service,
very FAST and stable network, no problems experienced.
This actually makes my crappy 3g connection worth having. I am impressed, and very happy. I live in a remote area where 4g is not available and satellite is way too expensive for what little they offer so I have been stuck with an up and down connection. CactusVPN seems to stabilize my connection and I can actually voice chat with zero lag!
You guys rock, very very impressed
Tom Erik S.
CactusVPN is fantastic! They have fast speeds, easy to use software, and, if there is ever a problem, their customer service is second to none! I will be using them for a very long time! Highly recommended!
I understand a very important thing about Cactusvpn services,maybe its happen for you,in my country from these days block vpn services,pptp,l2tp but no SSTP,and Cactusvpn support these protocol in best you may want.
unfortunately from my country i can't have perfect cactus services but if u can,don't wait.
Thnaks for this opprtunity.
Using Cactus after years of using free proxies really made me consider VPN as a viable option for daily usage. I used to use proxies only for sites which are blocked in my country since proxies are tremendously slow. With Cactus VPN im getting 90-95% of my bandwidth and im really pleased with that.
Blazing fast speeds
Great that they provide 24hrs trial for first time users
-Price structure. (have to purchase servers in different countries separately)
-Not the cheapest option for VPN client
In conclusion Cactus VPN is a great place to start especially with its user friendly user interface and great service. More techy customers will be able to find cheaper elsewhere but lose out on the simplicity of Cactus.
Right from the start of using the 24hr trial - Cactus worked perfectly. The set up was just so easy - even my grandmother could do it! What's important is - I know the anonymous IP address works, as when I sign into my Gmail account on-line it asks "you seem to be in a different location in the world - can you confirm this?" - that's all the proof I need to know everything is working perfectly. I registered for a full year as the price is also good and compares well to other VPN suppliers.
I am very happy with Cactus VPN service and customer support. I am using boxee box and almost all the VPN service including "Cactus VPN" has frequent disconnection. I know its a boxee box problem but I tested Cactus VPN trail service and I am very happy with the speed and also the boxee box disconnection happens only after an hour or two. So, I decided to cancel my STRONG VPN service which they charge 7$/month or 55$/year but Cactus VPN provides me the same with either 5$/month or 39$/year. So, I happily subscribed for the 1 year package. I am also very happy with customer support which they will reply your query in an hour or two. I strongly recommend this service for anyone. I am rating 5 star :)
Very good VPN service thanks
I've only been a customer for a couple days, but I was smitten my the options available to me during my 24 hr Free user period. I went for the maximum bundle which allows me to connect 6 devices (2 servers over 3 countries) and use the proxy feature on as many devises as I have... outstanding!
First off... awesome customer service. The customer service response times to my questions/concerns have been equally as fast and helpful whether I was a paying customer or the 24- hr Free user. My quickest response as a free user was under 20 minutes!
Secondly, the manual VPN's I configured for my Android and "test PC" worked instantly. Did you know Amazon gives a free android app away every day to US citizens? :)
So why score 1/5? The next morning after setting up my win8 "test PC", the manual VPN was disconnected. Maybe a windows thing or a manual configuration thing, not sure. Customer support informed me that If I used the client software that it could be set to redial the VPN and even be set to close applications that I only wanted connecting over VPN. I thought this sounded great, deleted my manual VPN and installed the client.
Here is the issue with the client available today. The client creates a "windows" VPN connection (just like you would create a manual one) for each of the PPTP, L2TP, and SSTP options. I inspected the options they used and they all have the "Automatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any)" option selected. Not a super privacy feature to be tossing your windows credentials around!! o.O
I tried unchecking the option, reset the VPN connection, and found that the client put the option back.
Until the client is fixed, I am avoiding the PPTP, L2TP, and SSTP options. Using the OpenVPN option doesn't create a "windows" VPN connection and is verbose enough in the log that I can see it is using my cactusVPN credentials and not my windows credentials. Maybe I am crossing my fingers here; I'm hoping not.
Hopefully I can revisit my review and edit it after they have fixed the client, but it was a big enough issue to me to want to write this review ASAP as a bit of a "warning shot with a work-around" for everyone else.
CactusVPN's comment: There is indeed this issue on Windows 8 only. But this option does not affect security as this is not sending your username or password to our login servers. Anyway, in the next release we'll fix this bug
Well I just finished my trial period of Cactus VPN.... this is my experience... I started using it around 7:20pm eastern time , by next morning I could not connect , so i sent an email to Cactus explaining that they had cut me off to early, and within minutes i had received a work ticket... i soon realized that the reason i could not connect was due to my own mistake, and i sent a new email letting Cactus know i had service, sorry, it was my mistake... not only was the service superb to other VPN services i have tried like , BT Guard, TorGuard and OpenVPN, their response to my email as a trail customer really impressed me, the speed I was getting on my downloads and games was outstanding to say the least..... not only was their service exceptional , but they extended my free trial to another 24hr period.... who would not want to use this service , it's beyond me .... I read the reviews for Cactus on the site: VPNREVIEWS.COM AND THEY RE CURRENTLY RANKED 3RD ..... not bad for a up and new coming company..... I'm definitely establishing my account with Cactus VPN service as soon as I finish posting this review.... And just to add , for those of U worried about connecting to servers available..... no problem whatsoever , no waiting , no downtime, no lost connection... SUPERB SERVICE.... 5STAR RATING
I have tested CactusVPN among other similar services for a couple months until I found out that CactusVPN really stands out of the crowd, so I asked them to change my payment cycle from one month to six months. I'm a happy customer. Thank you CactusVPN.
The configuration procedure whas explained in a way that also I as a novice user was able to manage it. So far it worked really well. Still trying to find out what suits best for me. Perhaps I will return.
OMG!!!! THis software is amazing!!! i live in SA, we are very restricted this software opens up everything!!!
Thank you for this 1 day free trail!!! Wish I could Upgrade!!