CactusVPN Review 2019 - Good Overall, But Some Drawbacks
Alex (Shurf) Frenkel
(Ex-Hacker and Technical Researcher)
CactusVPN is a VPN provider that offers fast, secure and anonymous internet connections through 25 servers in 15 different countries. It uses six different VPN protocols: L2TP/IPSec, OpenVPN, SSTP, SoftEther, PPTP, and IKEv2. It provides strong data encryption and high speed connections, as well as unlimited bandwidth use. Peer-to-peer and torrent file sharing are allows on the Germany, Netherlands and Romania servers. CactusVPN also offers a SmartDNS option, which allows you to unblock over 200 websites, such as Hulu, BBC iPlayer, Pandora, Spotify, and many others.
CactusVPN is easy to configure and connect. It includes an apps killer feature, and is very user-friendly, even for beginners. The provider's website makes it even easier to use this VPN service, as it contains many guides, tutorials and FAQs to help users.
It is compatible with several operating systems such as Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android, and Linux. This means it can be used on most desktop and laptop computers, as well as on most tablets and smartphones. It also works on routers, Apple TV, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and other devices. Multiple devices can be used in the same account simultaneously, as long as each is connected to a different server.
The pricing structure is a bit unusual. Users can select which server locations they are going to use: US VPN or UK VPN. As an alternative, users can select the Smart DNS option, or get the full bundle, which includes Smart DNS and all 25 servers. All these options are available monthly, quarterly or annually, with discounts of 30%, 40% and 54% respectively. Free 24-hour, no restriction trial accounts are also available for most options, with the Smart DNS option having a seven-day free trial period. There is also a 30-days money back guarantee.
|Number of countries with servers||15|
|Number of servers||25|
|Does VPN keep logs?||No|
|Does VPN include a kill switch?||Yes|
|Number of devices per license||5|
1. Download CactusVPN
2. On "CactusVPN Setup" select "Run"
3. Go through the Set-up Wizard (you must agree to the Licence Agreement)
4. Click "Install", if another pop-up appears also click "Install"
5. Click "Next", then "Finish"
6. Select the VPN tab and enter your CactusVPN username and password
7. You can then select the country, city and protocol you wish to use, then click "Connect"
8. You can also go to the "settings" tab to alter how the VPN runs e.g. so that CactusVPN automatically connects when you turn your machine on
VPN + Smart DNS
CactusVPN offers subscriptions based on the location of the servers you want to access, available plans are: US VPN, UK VPN, and the full bundle (which includes access to all 25 servers plus Smart DNS). Smart DNS can also be purchased as a separate option for those who don"t want the full bundle. Each of the plans are available to be subscribed to for 1, 3 or 12 months, with 24-hour trial accounts available for most plans – the Smart DNS has a trial period of 7 days. A 30-day money back guarantee is offered.
CactusVPN allows you to contact them directly using a support ticket, email or live chat. They also have an extensive FAQ section, including detailed set-up guides. The speed was excellent, we had no problems streaming videos and no connection issues.
- Kill switch
- Plenty of protocols to choose from
- SmartDNS service
- Smaller network
- 30 day money back guarantee
- Get started with CactusVPN now