As many of our regular readers would know, one of our favourite VPN service providers here at VPNCompass.com are our good friends over at Cactus VPN. What we like best about Cactus VPN is that they tick all the boxes for core functionality that we personally recommend for any good VPN provider:
- VPN servers in 9 countries
- 256 bit AES encryption
- easy to setup and use VPN software
- unlimited bandwith and speed
- and most importantly for us …
- they do not keep any user logs !
Today we received news that their service gets even better, with the announcement that they have launched a new VPN server in Sydney, Australia !
Utilizing the new CactusVPN server in Sydney has several benefits for both citizens and non-citizens of Australia alike.
Non-Citizens of Australia:
As many non-Aussies would already know, there is plenty of great Aussie online content available to watch when you are visiting Australia. But what happens when you home? Whether you are returning to America, Canada, England, France, Germany … chances are that if you try to access any of the big name websites whilst located outside of Australia you will be refused connection – via a process known as Geo-Blocking.
Citizens of Australia:
It’s no secret that Aussies love to travel. Aussies are a friendly bunch of people, and love nothing better than getting out and explorer the furthest reaches of the world, seeing new places, and meeting new people. But just like any other nation, keeping in touch with whats happening back home is also important. The problem arises though when Aussies try to access their favorite website from locations outside of Australia. In most cases, attempts to do so will be refused by a process employed by website owners known as Geo-Blocking.
Watch your favorite Aussie sports !
Aussies love their sport, and there is alot of it on Australian television – but typically, Australian television stations and website owners will geo-block their content to those located outside of Australia. Some of the different sports that you can un-Geo-Block with a CactusVPN service include:
- Cricket – e.g. The Ashes, One Day Internationals.
- Rugby League – e.g. the National Rugby League competition (NRL)
- Tennis – e.g. Australian Open.
- Motor Racing – e.g. Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix
What is Geo-Blocking?
Put simply, geo-blocking is a technique used by website owners to restrict access based on you geographical location. Typically this is done by analyzing your IP to determine the current country or geographic location from where you currently are. e.g. if you are based outside of Australia, many Australian websites will determine that from your IP address and refuse you access.
How can you avoid Geo-Blocking?
One of the simplest and most straight forward way to circumvent Geo-Blocking restrictions whilst you are overseas is to use a VPN service – such as CactusVPN.
When you signup for a CactusVPN service, from today you will have access to their new VPN server in Sydney, Australia. Simply select the Sydney server to connect to when you login to the VPNCactus software, and you will be able to connect to your favorite Aussie website with an Australian IP address. The Australian website you are trying to access will see your Australian IP address and grant you access to their site, just as if you were an Aussie located in Sydney Australia ! Easy !
Sites that are Geo-Blocked in Australia
The most popular websites in Australia are Geo-Blocked, but with CactusVPN you get get around this. The best place to watch Australian TV and Sport online is via the following Australia TV websites, where you can see both Live Streaming and Catch-Up programming:
- Channel 9: https://www.9now.com.au
- Channel 7: http://au.tv.yahoo.com/plus7
- Channel 2: http://iview.abc.net.au/
- Channel 10: https://tenplay.com.au/
- SBS: http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/