SmartyDNS Blog
Our specialists share their knowledge about best practices of using VPN and Smart DNS. They write about how useful these services can be and what you can use them for.

How to unblock VoD.pl with Smart DNS

Geo-restrictions. A pain in everyone’s… internet browsing. Don’t you just hate it when you want to watch a movie or get to date on your favorite series and realize that the only websites that are streaming them online are out of your geo-location reach?

We want you to have the chance to watch what you desire when you want it and from wherever you are. And this is why we’ll teach you how to unblock the websites that have the content you need. You won’t have to deal with geo-restrictions anymore when using SmartyDNS because we offer hundreds of online streaming platforms from all over the world. You even get access to VoD.pl! This is how you’ll do it! Continue reading “How to unblock VoD.pl with Smart DNS”

How to unblock TV4 Play with SmartyDNS

Traveling abroad may have quite a few perks, but being unable to watch your beloved series or TV shows is definitely not one of them. More often than not, the reason has something to do with geo-restriction – you know, that pesky feature limiting the access to your preferred video streaming service while you’re outside your country of residence. Well, if you want to gain unrestricted access to one of Sweden’s most popular video-on-demand services, look no further: here’s how you can unblock TV4 Play with SmartyDNS! Continue reading “How to unblock TV4 Play with SmartyDNS”

How to unblock Öppet arkiv with SmartyDNS

There’s almost nothing better than being able to watch, whenever you feel like it, TV shows, movies and series you used to adore as a kid. But, as if it weren’t bad enough that some of your TV childhood memories are hard to come by nowadays, even when you do manage to find a streaming service providing them, you get bumps on the road – geo-restriction.

That kind of “bump in the road” prevents you from diving into a couple of nostalgia-filled hours when abroad. But don’t give up just yet: with a Smart DNS (yes, it’s that easy!), you can unlock unlimited hours of your dearest shows! Today, learn how to unblock Öppet arkiv with SmartyDNS! Continue reading “How to unblock Öppet arkiv with SmartyDNS”

How to unblock Viafree with SmartyDNS

It’s rather frustrating to watch religiously online your favorite TV show, only to find yourself unable to do so once traveling abroad, isn’t it? Luckily, you can always trick your geo-restricted video streaming service with a Smart DNS. If you live in Sweden, you may want to find out how to unblock Viafree with SmartyDNS! Continue reading “How to unblock Viafree with SmartyDNS”

3 in one SmartyDNS PROMO: Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday & Black Friday discount

This year, you can take advantage of Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday and Black Friday promotions all in ONE! We decided to create a 2 weeks long discount on all SmartyDNS packages.

Here’s what we came up with for our customers! Continue reading “3 in one SmartyDNS PROMO: Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday & Black Friday discount”

How to unblock SVT Play with SmartyDNS

Watching an episode of your favorite TV show or series while traveling abroad can be a real challenge. Just think of the geo-restriction you automatically face – your chosen streaming service most likely doesn’t work outside the borders of your home country. Well, if you love SVTPlay.se and don’t want to miss out on anything while traveling to a foreign country, you’ve come to the right place: we are here to help you unblock SVT Play with SmartyDNS! Continue reading “How to unblock SVT Play with SmartyDNS”

New VPN server in Poland!

You already know that here at SmartyDNS we do tremendous efforts to bring you the best VPN and Smart DNS services. As part of our desire to be close to our customers and to get them access to as much geo-restricted content as possible, the best level of online security and online privacy, we decided to expand our reach to Poland. We are now the proud owners of a VPN server in Poland, Gdansk! Continue reading “New VPN server in Poland!”

VPN Giveaway

November Giveaway Winners Announcement!

The time has arrived! After one week of entries, we are pleased to announce 10 winners of our November giveaway. If your name is listed below, today just happens to be your lucky day! Before that, we would like to thank everyone who entered the giveaway this month!
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Unblock Plejmo with SmartyDNS

Not being able to see your favorite movies or TV shows because of geo-restrictions is obviously a drag. And you never know which online streaming service might be the best to suit your taste in movies, so why should you get stuck with the ones that are available to you based simply on your location. That is why with SmartyDNS, you will have the chance to access amazing content from hundreds of online streaming platform you never had access to simply because the content was restricted to a certain location. Using some clever techniques, a Smart DNS can help you unblock Plejmo. Here’s how. Continue reading “Unblock Plejmo with SmartyDNS”

Unblock TV NOW with SmartyDNS

If you reside outside Germany or if you are a German travelling abroad, you may find yourself unable to access some great streaming services. One of them is Tvnow.de, and it is definitely one you should not miss out on.

Geo-restrictions are used by many online services to limit access to their services to a certain segment of users, based on their location. That is a huge inconvenience for the user, considering that even if you subscribe to a streaming platform for example, you will not be able to watch any shows, or just a small number of shows if you reside or travel outside the restricted location. Continue reading “Unblock TV NOW with SmartyDNS”

Up to 66% off on VPN & Smart DNS this Halloween

Update! 3 November, 2017 The promotion has ended!
Give yourself the chance to watch the scariest horror movies even if they are only available on streaming platforms that are not available in your country. With the 66% discount from SmartyDNS, you can do that and save money at the same time! Continue reading “Up to 66% off on VPN & Smart DNS this Halloween”

How to unblock Sport1.de with Smart DNS

There is no place for geo-restrictions in sports. That is what we think here at SmartyDNS and this is what we are trying to achieve with our services. It’s a long battle ahead, but we’re confident!

We continue our pursuit of the free Internet with the unblocking of the Sport1.de sports broadcaster. It is only destined to be used from within Germany, but even as a German member, their services become unavailable outside the country. Since there’s a great deal of sports and matches you can miss out on if you’re registered and living outside Germany or simply travelling abroad, we decided it’s time to take action and help you unblock Sport1.de from anywhere in the world! Continue reading “How to unblock Sport1.de with Smart DNS”

The UK spy agency is monitoring millions of social media accounts

Reports were made by non-profit privacy organisations that the UK GCHQ is collecting social media data from potentially millions of Facebook and Twitter accounts. According to the documents published by the organisation, the agency is collecting and accessing information through databases of private companies.
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SmartyDNS VPN app now available on Android TV

We have amazing news for our customers again! SmartyDNS users can now use our services on Android TVs without getting through all the hassle of a manual setup! All you need to do is simply download the app and start using it!

It probably happened to you too, like it happened to thousands before you. To get excited about starting to watch a show or to try and register an account on a music streaming platform only to find out that users from your country are not accepted or have limited access to their content.
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SmartyDNS unblocks 12 new websites!

We love to bring good news to our customers and that is why it’s a great pleasure for us to announce the fact that you can now unblock 12 more video streaming services with us!

We took our customers’ feedback into consideration and we carefully selected a collection of very accessible streaming platforms, which cover even the most sophisticated taste. Whether you are interested in documentaries, news, movies or television shows, you will find an exciting new video service in the list below. Continue reading “SmartyDNS unblocks 12 new websites!”

How to access Booking.com from Turkey

Booking.com has been blocked earlier this year in Turkey after a commercial court in Istanbul ordered the move against the Dutch based website while their case is ongoing. The lawyers of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies claim that the website was engaging in unfair competition and for the duration of the trial the access to the platform will be restricted by government authorities.

Whether you reside in Turkey and want to access booking.com for your next holiday, or are on vacation in Turkey and need access to the platform to check details about your accommodation, it’s important to know a quick and easy way to bypass these government imposed restrictions. Luckily, we are here to help.
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SmartyDNS VPN app now available on Fire TV!

We are excited to let you know that we found another way of making your life easier! The SmartyDNS VPN app, which has already been appreciated by thousands of our users on other devices, is now also available in the Amazon App Store.

We believe that the internet should be a completely free environment, with no restrictions or limitations. And we also believe that you should be able to watch your favorite shows, TV programs, movies or documentaries from wherever you are and on any device that you wish to use.
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Unblock Tennis Channel Everywhere with SmartyDNS

If you want to watch all your favorite tennis players perform in the major tennis competitions from all over the world, you sadly already found out probably that most Sports televisions or generic sports streaming services only broadcast a couple or tennis tournaments every year.

For those who are really passionate, there are services like the Tennis Channel Everywhere, which focus specifically on tennis competitions and broadcast a much bigger selection of tournaments. Just like many other similar services, Tennis Channel Everywhere is geo-restricted and can only be watched by users in the USA. Continue reading “Unblock Tennis Channel Everywhere with SmartyDNS”

Unblock Eurosport with Smart DNS

Since Eurosport is a broadcasting service that is only available in Europe, watching your favorite sporting events through it from anywhere in the world is in theory impossible. Luckily, you can unblock Eurosport by using a Smart DNS. This way you can trick the geo-location techniques that restrict visitors from accessing the platform from other locations than approved ones and you can forget about all the inconveniences caused by geo-restrictions. Never miss out on any important sporting events again! Continue reading “Unblock Eurosport with Smart DNS”

Unblock CNBC with SmartyDNS

Not living in the USA usually means you do not have access to quite a lot of content on hundreds of streaming platforms that use geo-location to restrict access to their services. That can be quite annoying, especially when you want to stay informed and up to speed with all major events from all over the world.

Unblock CNBC easily with Smart DNS and stay informed from anywhere you are located. Continue reading “Unblock CNBC with SmartyDNS”

Unblock beIN Sports with Smart DNS

A man’s passion for his favorite team is something that cannot be measured and definitely something that shouldn’t be messed with. Despite the beauty of the sports and the magic of competition, sports have become a profitable business. And the same goes for broadcasting sports, whether it is on television or online. That is why most streaming websites use geo-location to restrict access to their services to only a couple of privileged, high-converting countries. We are here to help you move past that, so here’s how to unblock beIN Sports with Smart DNS and watch your favorite games online: Continue reading “Unblock beIN Sports with Smart DNS”

Unblock Freeform with Smart DNS

Not having access to video streaming platforms can be a nightmare. And considering the huge number of shows you can watch on Freeform, it would be a shame to miss out just because of geo-restrictions. That is why you can now unblock Freeform with SmartyDNS if you live outside of the USA. Continue reading “Unblock Freeform with Smart DNS”

Unblock National Geographic with Smart DNS

The access to knowledge should be one of the basic human rights. And when it comes to knowledge, National Geographic is one of the best resources. There should be nothing to keep you from exploring their huge collection of documentaries online. Stay informed, unblock National Geographic with Smart DNS and enjoy thousands of pieces of top quality content! Continue reading “Unblock National Geographic with Smart DNS”

Unblock Discovery Go with Smart DNS

It happened to all of us to want to watch a certain show, movie or documentary online only to find out that it is only available on certain platforms which use geo-restrictions. If you don’t live in the USA for example, where most streaming services are already available with no restrictions, you probably found yourself in a situation where you had to go through a lot of shady websites filled with pop-ups, ads and probably malware, in order to watch your favorite shows. Luckily for you, now there’s a solution, you can unblock Discovery GO with Smart DNS! Continue reading “Unblock Discovery Go with Smart DNS”

Unblock Zattoo with Smart DNS

The grass always seems to be greener on the other side of the fence doesn’t it? That is one of the reasons why it’s such a bitter moment every single time we realize a certain service is not available in our location. Especially with online services like Zattoo out there, it’s easy to understand why geo-restrictions are a huge inconvenience. Luckily, there are solutions nowadays! Now you can unblock Zattoo with Smart DNS and it is awesome. Continue reading “Unblock Zattoo with Smart DNS”

Unblock HBO Nordic with Smart DNS

Geo-restrictions have always been an inconvenience because they prevent internet users from viewing high quality content that is not available in their countries or regions. Luckily, Smart DNS can make you forget about these issues. You can enjoy tons of services that are not normally available in your country, including HBO Nordic. Continue reading “Unblock HBO Nordic with Smart DNS”

Fight the September Blues with a great discount!

Update! 21 September, 2017 The promotion has ended!
We all know very well that September is a difficult month. The summer is officially over, the weather is no longer warm and nice, and the next vacation is at least a couple of months away. But don’t worry, we prepared something special to help you fight the September blues: a huge discount for our SmartyDNS packages, ranging from 50% to 66%!
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9 months in prison for selling VPN software in China

China’s fight against local VPN providers takes an unexpected turn these days, as the news of a Chinese man sentenced to spend 9 months in prison because he used a personal website to sell VPN software have emerged on social media.

It’s a well known fact that China is one of the countries with the most restrictions when it comes to the online environment. And of course, as censorship toughens, so does the internet users’ desire to see what is behind the Great Firewall of China. Continue reading “9 months in prison for selling VPN software in China”

How to hide IP address on Android

Before exploring this topic, it’s important to understand the basics. In order to be able to hide IP address in Android, you should know how everything works and more precisely, what an IP address is. Continue reading “How to hide IP address on Android”

GHCQ warns Europe travelers of cyber threats

The Government Communications Headquarters issued a warning earlier this week, alerting UK holidaymakers of cyber threats that could ruin their vacations in Europe. The main threat is represented by insecure Wi-Fi networks. Scheming hackers infiltrated a large number of Wi-Fi networks across Europe and even created completely fake ones, with the sole purpose of stealing all the information from unsuspecting users. Continue reading “GHCQ warns Europe travelers of cyber threats”

DOJ demands that DreamHost hand visitor IP addresses

A web-hosting and domain registration company, DreamHost, is now fighting the Justice Department’s warrant for information on people that have browsed one of the websites hosted by them and organized a protest against President Trump’s inauguration.
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What are the benefits of VPN?

VPN stands for “Virtual Private Network” and it is, simply put, a much safer way to surf away. It all started in August 1996, when a Microsoft employee decided that the internet was getting out of hand. Because the internet was growing too much, too quickly, privacy and security were taking a hit with every bit of information shared. Thus our Microsoft man came up with a brilliant plan: to shrink up the connection so that it fits through a peer-to-peer tunnelling protocol, or PPTP for short. What that means basically, is that instead of swimming into an ocean of data with no protection, exposed to hackers and with no certainty of online privacy, one was able, from that point onward, to have access to the same amount of data, but with the benefits of accessing it through a safe tunnel of encryption. Continue reading “What are the benefits of VPN?”

What is the best VPN server location?

When it comes to choosing the best VPN server location, everybody faces the same problems and shares the same needs. Most VPN providers offer a wide range of VPN servers in a huge number of different locations. Making a good choice in these conditions becomes a difficult task since the number of options can seem overwhelming especially for a first time user. Continue reading “What is the best VPN server location?”

We updated the SmartyDNS Android App!

Our constant efforts for better Smart DNS and VPN services lead us to a series of massive improvements that were necessary for our Android VPN App. We therefore decided to work hard with our technical team on updating the SmartyDNS Android App and we released several updates within the past couple of months. Continue reading “We updated the SmartyDNS Android App!”

Vladimir Putin bans the use of VPNs in Russia

The Russian President, Vladimir Putin has just approved a law that prohibits the use of VPN services and other anonymizers to access previously blocked resources. The law was drafted in June 2017 by members of three different factions and received a favorable vote in the Russian Duma. According to the new law, internet users may no longer use any online tools to bypass officially banned websites. Continue reading “Vladimir Putin bans the use of VPNs in Russia”

Netflix speed capped on Verizon Wireless?

According to The Verge, evidence shows that something is definitely going on with Netflix speed on Verizon Wireless. It seems that despite the whole net neutrality discussion that’s been trending in the past few months, the data speeds at which Verizon Wireless costumers are able to stream Netflix videos has been limited. A large number of users have reported and documented their experiences with Netflix on Verizon Wireless in Reddit threads. Most of them found themselves unable to exceed a download speed of 10Mbps both on Netflix and Fast.com, the Netflix speed test tool. Contacted by the media, Netflix’s spokesperson replied that the issue is definitely not on their side, since they do not cap data for any mobile networks.
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This summer we’re surfin’ Smart! Get 66% OFF!

Update! 18 July, 2017 The promotion has ended!
Add a bit of flavour to your vacation vibe and don’t miss the amazing SmartyDNS summer promotion!

As the temperature rises, the prices are getting cooler so make sure you stay connected to your preferred websites restriction-free, no matter where you plan on travelling.
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5 more websites unblocked!

More awesome news from our scientists at Smarty labs! As you already know, we’re always cooking something new for our users here at the SmartyDNS headquarters. Today, we’re very excited to announce that we’ve just extended the list of unblocked websites by 5 new additions. Eureka! Continue reading “5 more websites unblocked!”

OpenVPN updates for the SmartyDNS Windows and macOS apps

We have some amazing news for all our VPN app users out there! We’re happy to announce that we have updated the SmartyDNS Windows and macOS VPN apps to the latest and most secure OpenVPN 2.4.2 version. Through the OpenVPN protocol, we ensure a high degree of security on all devices for the best online experiences. Continue reading “OpenVPN updates for the SmartyDNS Windows and macOS apps”

Unblock Websites from Sweden using SmartyDNS

We like to tailor our services as to meet all expectations and this is why at SmartyDNS you will always find new and improved services every time. And because we strongly believe in online freedom for everyone, we are proud to announce that our users have now the possibility to unblock websites from Sweden.
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The Australian Government requests access to encrypted communication

In the wake of recent UK terrorist attacks, the Australian Government plans to increase internet surveillance by compelling big corporations like Google, Facebook and Apple to give security agencies full access to encrypted communication in alleged counter-terrorism actions.

PM Malcolm Turnbull and Labor leader Bill Shorten agreed to give the law enforcement unrestricted access to encrypted messages and social media, causing concern amid internet users. Continue reading “The Australian Government requests access to encrypted communication”

New VPN Servers in Germany, Australia and Singapore

We are thrilled to announce that we have recently added 3 more VPN servers so as to ensure the best online experience of our increasing number of users and to facilitate their access to online content. Adding new servers allows you to bypass certain regional bans and also allowing you to maintain your anonymity online. SmartyDNS users now have the opportunity to enjoy 3 brand new top notch VPN servers based in Sydney, Australia; Singapore and Nuremberg, Germany. Continue reading “New VPN Servers in Germany, Australia and Singapore”

Updates on macOS and Windows Apps

In the fast-paced online world, the only constant is change. Having that said, we always try to create the best experiences for our users. By adding new and improved features to our Windows and macOS VPN apps, we give users the ability to benefit from these new functionalities every time they use our VPN and Smart DNS services. Continue reading “Updates on macOS and Windows Apps”

EU Commission Votes for Content Portability

The European Parliament have returned a positive vote on content portability on May 18, supporting the right of EU citizens to access legal content, music, games and movie streaming subscriptions when travelling to any country within the European Union. The aim of this initiative is to improve access to content and reduce online piracy. The new rules were adopted with an overwhelming 586 votes to 34, with 8 abstentions. Continue reading “EU Commission Votes for Content Portability”

SmartyDNS App for macOS has been updated

We are very happy to announce the release of a series of updates on our SmartyDNS App designed for the macOS users.
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Turkey Blocks Wikipedia as a National Security Measure

Following the Russian model, the Turkish authorities are increasing their efforts to consolidate power through online censorship culminating with the recent ban of the Wikipedia website. Officials have stated that the block was carried on under a law that allows filtering for national security and public safety purposes.
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Easter SmartyDNS promotion

Update! 18 April, 2017 The promotion has ended!
One month ago we had these overflowing thoughts in our minds saying “Welcome Spring”! Now, a month later we keep welcoming Spring! It is such a transformable season with so many surprises each day, that we just adore. This year Easter did not make us wait long neither. With this occasion let’s launch out Easter Promotion so you could enjoy our VPN and Smart DNS services at discounted prices. We thought it would be great for you to take advantage to get you online security and privacy at even better price now with Smarty DNS.
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British Home Secretary wants to spy your chats

The British Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has stated that she believes that end to end encryption, particularly for messaging services such as Whatsapp, should be accessible by authorities.

These comments were made shortly in the aftermath of the terror attack in London when an individual drove along the Westminster Bridge killing three people and injuring dozens before crashing the car and getting out to stab a policeman. The assailant was then shot dead.
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American Senate gives ISPs the right to sell users’ data without consent

Trump’s slogan “Make America great again” became, among others, make America a great privacy invader. We say this because of some recent news that concerned us deeply. Senate Republicans voted a law against online privacy that gives Internet Service Providers the right to sell their clients browsing activity without their consent. Yes, you read it right.
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Spring 2017 promotion

Update! 20 March, 2017 The promotion has ended!
Hey everyone! We’re done with the cold season! Welcome Spring! Try to enjoy every single day of this gorgeous season. And, while everything is blooming and blossoming out-there, we have something to celebrate – the good times. Here “the good times” means having our customers happy and making them want and enjoy more and more of what we have to offer. That also makes us work even harder and keep on track running SmartyDNS to your best expectations!

Let’s start our Spring Promotion by bringing you even better prices on VPN + Smart DNS packages! Take advantage of up to 66 % discounts with SmartyDNS!
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