CactusVPN is a relative newcomer to the VPN industry but they have come on strong with a solid service and low prices. The VPN service from CactusVPN is inexpensive on a per month basis, and includes a lot of high end features. For starters, every VPN package from CactusVPN is unlimited AND includes PPTP, L2TP, and OpenVPN protocols. The servers for CactusVPN are located in the US, UK and Netherlands. CactusVPN does allow P2P/BT on their NL servers, and with unlimited unmetered bandwidth, file transfer is easy with CactusVPN. Every plan from CactusVPN includes a no questions asked 30 day money back guarantee. In addition to the guarantee, CactusVPN offers a 24 hour free trial with no credit card required. It’s good to offer the money back guarantee, it’s great to offer a full day trial with no credit card. It’s amazing to do both!
The VPN service from CactusVPN can allow you to change and hide your IP address to any of their offered countries. This means you can surf anonymously on the web. The VPN from CactusVPN can also help you access blocked websites and applications. Service from CactusVPN is available for Windows (32/64 bit), Mac OS, iPhone, iPad, Android, Linux, FreeBSD, and Nokia N900. However, the CactusVPN client application is currently Windows ONLY. This application is the small piece of software from CactusVPN that makes selecting a country and VPN protocol very simple, and offers additional helpful features to manage your VPN connection. As a VPN client, the software from CactusVPN gives you all the basics you need, and a few nice extra features as a bonus.
CactusVPN is known for their social networking marketing as well. They do some great promotions via their Twitter, Google+, and Facebook accounts. CactusVPN has been known to offer free accounts for followers and fans! Plans from CactusVPN are actually very inexpensive though, and starting at only $4.99/month, they have something for even the most frugal. The high end package includes all countries (US, UK, and NL) but comes in at only $9.99/month, so it’s still a bargain. Considering that all plans offer PPTP, L2TP, and OpenVPN protocols, either the low or high plan is a good deal.
As an added bonus to their VPN service plans, in addition to the low prices and good features, CactusVPN includes Proxy Services! Every package, even the $4.99/mo includes proxy, which means they give you the server addresses for use in web browsers, etc. Our experience with CactusVPN in general was very good. The software for Windows worked well, and the VPN service provided some good speeds.
February 2012 Update: We have an In Depth VPN Review and Full Speed Test of CactusVPN! This review includes loads of screenshots on the software and actual tests of the CactusVPN servers.
March 2014 Update: CactusVPN has really taken off over the past two years and has solidified itself as a solid VPN service provider. They have expanded into DNS service as well with Smart DNS and packages that bundle both DNS and VPN together. The DNS Service from Cactus VPN is also quite robust with more than just the major streaming websites covered. Their listing is expansive, and with a Free Trial available, its hard to turn down. The CactusVPN software has undergone some significant improvements since its initial versions. Current updates include the bundling of DNS Service and a much improved user interface. The Auto Proxy feature and available proxy listings are also a nice addition, rounding out the service nicely. The US, UK, and NL VPN plan has been reduced in price from $9.99/mo to $6.99/mo and now includes Smart DNS! This is by far the cheapest unlimited VPN to include a torrent-enabled NL connection that also includes DNS service. No wonder Cactus VPN has been successful over the last 2 years!
|Cost per 1 Month||$4.99 / $6.99|
|Cost per 3 Months||$12.99 / $17.99|
|Cost per 6 Months||$22.99 / $31.99|
|Cost per Year||$38.99 / $54.99|
|Low Plan Term||1 Month|
|Low Plan Protocol||PPTP & L2TP & OpenVPN|
|Low Plan IP||Shared|
|Low Plan Cost||$4.99|
|Medium Plan Term||1 Month|
|Medium Plan Protocol||PPTP & L2TP & OpenVPN & DNS|
|Medium Plan IP||Shared|
|Medium Plan Cost||$6.99|
|High Plan Term||12 Months|
|High Plan Protocol||PPTP & L2TP & OpenVPN & DNS|
|High Plan IP||Shared|
|High Plan Cost||$77.99|
|Protocol L2TP IPSec|
|File Share P2P|
|Requires Software||OpenVPN only|