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In this tutorial we will show you how to install CactusVPN app for macOS and how to connect to VPN or Smart DNS using our app, but first let’s see what are our requirements.
In order to use the CactusVPN app you will need:
Open the downloaded file.
Drag and drop the CactusVPN icon (1) to the Applications folder (2) to add the app to Applications.
Open Finder (3), go to your Applications (4) and there you will find the CactusVPN app (5).
Launch the CactusVPN app.
When you’ll open the CactusVPN app for the first time, you will be notified that the app was downloaded from the Internet and will be asked if you are sure you want to open it. Click “Open” (6).
Also you may be notified that the CactusVPN app is trying to install a new helper tool. Helper tool allows our app to create a VPN tunnel. Enter your Mac user password and click on “Install helper”.
First, you have to choose whether you want to sign in to use our VPN services or our Smart DNS services. To do that, choose between “VPN” (7) and “Smart DNS” (8) tabs.
If you want to connect to Smart DNS and don’t need VPN, just skip part II and go directly to the part “III. Connect to Smart DNS”.
To use our VPN services, choose the “VPN” tab (7).
Type your VPN package username (9) and password (10). You can find them in your account on our website, by going to Settings -> App Login Credentials. Make sure you use your VPN username and password and NOT the website account credentials (What is the difference?).
Click “Sign in” (11).
You are now signed in. Select the VPN server location (12) you want to connect to.
To connect to VPN, click on “Connect” button (13).
You may be asked if you allow to add VPN configurations. Click on “Allow”.
You will be asked to enter your Mac user password. Enter it and click on “Always Allow” (14).
If you click on “Allow” instead of “Always Allow”, the password will be saved only for the current session and will be requested again next time you’ll connect to VPN.
Keep in mind, the password will be requested every first time you’ll connect to VPN after restarting the app or signing out and signing in back. It is requested by macOS (not by our app) as a additional security measure of the IKEv2 protocol.
Once you are connected your IP is changed and your connection is encrypted.
If you’ll click on the Servers menu, you will find the “Sort by speed” button. Click on it to sort all the VPN servers by speed. After sorting, the first server from the list will be the fastest one for you.
By going to the “Settings” tab (15) you can make the following configurations:
By going to the “Apps. Killer” tab (16) you can set up which applications will be automatically closed when the VPN connection drops. We recommend adding the P2P/BitTorrent software you use.
Sometimes, for support purposes we need some information from the log files of the software. To save logs, go to the “Support” tab (20) and click the “Save logs” button (21). It will save the logs and will open a folder with all CactusVPN log files stored on your computer.
To use our Smart DNS services, choose the “Smart DNS” tab (7), type your “Smart DNS key” (8). To find it, sign in to your account on our website and go to Settings -> App Login Credentials. Click “Sign in” (9).
Click the “Enable Smart DNS” button (10).
Before enabling Smart DNS, you can choose:
By going to the “Settings” tab (13) you can make the following configurations:
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