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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.

SmartyDNS Summer Promotion, Up to 70% OFF!

Whether you’re resting at a hotel, need to pass the time on a long train ride, or just relaxing at home, our Smart DNS service can always come in handy to help you enjoy your favorite shows.

Well, we’ve got great news – we’re going to be lowering our prices for a whole week! That’s right, SmartyDNS is ready to make your summer more exciting with an awesome promotion:

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“Happy Easter” SmartyDNS Promotion

The Easter holidays are almost here, and you’re probably looking forward to that big family reunion – sharing laughs, telling stories, and spending much-needed time with your loved ones. Or maybe you just can’t wait to spend some relaxing, quiet nights curled up on the couch by yourself or your significant other.

Whatever the case, you know what’d make the experience much more enjoyable? Being able to access all the holiday-themed entertainment without any geo-blocks getting in your way. That’s exactly why we’re offering you a huge discount on our services.

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“Happy Valentine’s Day” Promotion

Curling up with your significant other on the couch to enjoy a glass of wine and some romantic movies is definitely a lovely way to spend Valentine’s Day. But you know what would be even better? Being able to enjoy some exclusive Valentine’s Day movies – like the ones they have on Netflix US, for example.

Well, that’s exactly why we’re offering you this chance to enjoy a discount of up to 70% on our services – so that you can unblock any geo-restricted entertainment you want to make this special day more fun.

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You Can Now Unblock Indian Websites Abroad with SmartyDNS!

Over the past years, India has become the media center of Southeast Asia. So much so that its online video market is expected to reach somewhere around $4 billion by 2025.

Unfortunately, geo-blocks stop you from enjoying awesome Indian entertainment if you’re not physically located in the country. Luckily, you can unblock Indian websites abroad with a service like SmartyDNS.

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Start Off 2021 With 13 New Sites!

We wanted to start the new year with a bang, and what better way to do that than by unblocking 13 new sites from around the world for our users?

Based on your feedback we unblocked the following sites from Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Canada, Sweden, the US, and Australia:

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New Sign-In Method for Our iPhone/iPad App

We’ve got great news – we just outfitted our iOS app with a new and improved sign-in screen that will make the login process much more simple and hassle-free for you.

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Seedbox vs. VPN (Which Should You Pick?)

If you often download torrents, you’re probably interested in finding a way to do it safely. Basically, not having to worry about getting angry letters from your ISP or copyright trolls, your ISP throttling your traffic, or shady people seeing your IP address.

During your research, you probably came across two solutions – VPNs and seeboxes. If you’;d like to learn more about them to see which one you should use, keep reading. We’ll offer you an in-depth seedbox vs. VPN analysis + other useful info.

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“Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” 2020 Promotion!

First off – happy holidays! We hope you’ll be enjoying a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s along with your loved ones. But we don’t just want you to have a merry time during this period, but a safe time as well – especially on the Internet when you’re buying presents for your friends and family.

That’s why we decided to offer this big 70% discount on our services right now – so that you can save some money while you also get to secure your online and personal data (and maybe even catch some better deals by bypassing online price discrimination).

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Black Friday Deal – Up to 70% OFF!

We know many of you are looking for great bargains during Black Friday, so we made sure our prices don’t disappoint!

That’s right – you can now get a SmartyDNS subscription with a really cool discount: up to 70% off! So this is the perfect moment to get that VPN you’ve been thinking about, or surprise someone close to you with a nice, privacy-friendly gift.

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VPN Giveaway

November Giveaway Winners Announcement!

The time has arrived! After one week of entries, we are pleased to announce 5 winners of our 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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Halloween Promotion – Up to 70% OFF!

Looking to kick back and relax with some scary movies this Halloween? Sounds awesome – it’s just a shame most of the good stuff is usually geo-blocked if you’re not from the US (especially on Netflix).

Well, we decided to run a promotion for this spooky holiday so that all of you can enjoy your favorite Halloween shows and movies while also saving some money!

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Get VPN Obfuscation with SmartyDNS

VPNs are essential online security tools – especially for people living in countries that heavily censor the Internet. However, there’s one problem that often gets in the way – governments forcing ISPs to block VPNs.

That’s why we decided to introduce VPN obfuscation support starting right now. With the help of obfsproxy, you can easily hide your VPN traffic.

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What is Packet Sniffing (Quick & Simple Guide)

Keep hearing about packet sniffing, and don’t know what it is?

It’s a topic you’ll hear more and more about in the near future, so it’s a good thing you decided to learn about it right now. We’ll do our best to make this topic as simple to understand as possible in this quick guide.

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You Can Now Unblock 6 Italian Websites with SmartyDNS

Italy has a ton of entertaining, informative, and interesting content to offer the world. Too bad it’s only available in the country and nowhere else.

Well, we decided to change that. Whether you live in a different country, are an expat, or just traveling abroad Italy, you now can enjoy up to 6 Italian websites with our Smart DNS service.

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Is It Illegal to Use a VPN for Netflix?

Netflix is full of awesome content. It’s just a shame many of it is geo-blocked. Luckily, a VPN can help you get around those restrictions.

But just how “okay” is that unblocking method? Is it illegal to use a VPN for Netflix, or is there nothing to worry about?

We’ll answer those questions (and more) in this quick guide.

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Can Hotels See What Websites I Visit?

WiFi access is the standard in any hotel you stay in nowadays. We got to the point where we expect to be able to browse the web no matter where we are in the world, so this perk is non-negotiable when traveling for most people.

But since it’s so vital, you can’t help but wonder – what about our privacy? Can hotels see what websites I visit? Or is that information hidden from their network admins?

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Nintendo Switch VPN (5 Cool Perks + Tutorials)

VPNs are often advertised as great tools for online gaming. So does that mean you should start using a Nintendo Switch VPN right away?

Maybe. Let’s take a look at the perks you get to enjoy by using one, and you can decide if they’re worth it or not. We’ll also tell you how you can use a VPN with a Nintendo Switch console.

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Fight the September Blues with a great discount!

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:

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Do You Need a Fornite VPN? Maybe (5 Good Reasons to Use One)

Fortnite is a really cool and fun game, and VPNs are pretty useful online tools. So are there any reasons to use a VPN for Fortnite?

A few, actually. We’ll talk about the main reason people use Fortnite VPN services, and mention other perks you can enjoy beside that. We’ll also answer some relevant questions.

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We Unblocked 11 More Sites for You!

We listened to all your feedback and acted on it. So we added 11 more sites to our ever-growing list of unblocked websites – the ones you requested the most!

We unblocked sites from the following countries: the US, the UK, Canada, UAE, and Poland. Here’s the full list:

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How to Bypass the Hulu Proxy Error (7 Tips)

Hulu is an awesome platform chock-full of great shows and movies. It’s a shame it’s only available in the US, but – luckily – using a VPN or a proxy can normally help you unblock it.

Well, until you get the dreaded Hulu proxy error message. Then you’re pretty much out of luck, right?

Not really. We’ll show you what you can do to fix the error in this article + other useful stuff.

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Is IP Grabbing Illegal? (All Questions Answered)

Your IP address is how you communicate with the Internet. Without it, that wouldn’t be possible.

Since it’s so important, you have to wonder – is IP grabbing illegal? Is it illegal to track an IP address?

We’ll answer those questions (and more) in this quick five-minute article.

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How to Unblock SoundCloud (4 Options)

Upset you can’t listen to your favorite SoundCloud tracks at work or school? It’s a frustrating feeling – especially since you might be more productive while doing that.

Don’t worry, though – we’ll show you how to easily unblock SoundCloud in this quick article.

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How to Hide Browsing from Employers

It’s very easy to get distracted at work nowadays, what with any information, social interaction, and entertainment literally at our fingertips. So it’s only natural that most people take a quick five-minute break every once in a while to browse their favorite website.

There’s just one problem with that – how do you hide browsing from employers? The last thing you want is getting in trouble for responding to a message on Facebook.

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Watch Disney Plus Outside US Today (Easy Fix)

Bummed out you can’t watch Disney Plus outside US territories? That sucks cause you’re missing out on a ton of awesome content – a lot of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm shows and movies.

Don’t be upset, though – we’ll let you in on a little secret: there is actually a way to unblock Disney Plus outside the US. Here’s all you need to know:

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What Does a VPN Hide? (Complete Guide)

VPNs are great for your privacy and Internet freedom. You probably heard that a million times. But what does a VPN hide to warrant all that praise, exactly?

If you were wondering that, you came to the right place. We put together this guide in the hopes that it will answer all your questions about what a VPN hides.

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What’s the Best VPN Location for Torrenting?

As more and more people are starting to use torrents again, VPNs have also become the go-to tool for making torrenting surveillance-free. But to really get a good experience, you need to use the best VPN location for torrenting.

But why do you need to do that, what happens if you don’t, and which countries qualify? 

We’ll tell you all you need to know about that in this article.

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New SmartyDNS Windows App Version (V4)

We’ve got great news for all our Windows users – we just launched a new app version (version 4) for the OS. It comes with a ton of improvements that will offer you a really convenient experience.

So make sure to upgrade to the new version as soon as possible – just download the new version and install it right now.

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Can a WiFi Owner See What Sites I Visit?

WiFi is extremely convenient and always there when you need it.

But at one point or another, you probably asked yourself: “Can a WiFi owner see what sites I visit?

You probably won’t like the answer to that. Here’s all you need to know:

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How Do I Check My Torrent IP?

Using a VPN or configuring a proxy on your torrent client are great ways to hide your torrenting traffic. But if you don’t perform a torrent IP check, you might be in trouble.

“Wait – what is a torrent IP, and why do I need to check my torrent IP?”

We’ll cover all of that in this article, so keep reading. Don’t worry – we’ll make things as simple to understand as possible.

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Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday 2019 Promotion

Update! The promotion has ended!

Whether you want to kick back and relax this Thanksgiving with your friends and family and enjoy your favorite shows censorship-free, or just want to take advantage of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions, we’ve got you covered.

Instead of running multiple promotions that force you to keep checking our website and social media pages each and every day, we decided to keep everything all-in-one – between the 21st of November and 3rd of December you’ll be able to enjoy the same advantageous discount, no matter the national holiday or shopping holiday.

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We’ve Unblocked 10 More Websites for You!

We listened to your content recommendations, and we decided to go ahead and unblock 10 more websites many of you have asked for – from the US, Australia, and Germany:

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How to Get Slacker Unblocked in 3 Easy Ways

Slacker Radio sure is great, right? You get access to top-notch custom stations that play the hottest tracks, and you can even make your own stations.

Too bad you gotta get Slacker unblocked first if you really want to enjoy it.

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What’s the Best PeerBlock Alternative? (5 Options)

When it comes to torrenting, PeerBlock is often a popular choice for many users. However, the firewall isn’t really reliable. In fact, it has lots of drawbacks, and might make your torrenting experience unenjoyable.

If you’re worried about that, and want to find a PeerBlock alternative that’s more reliable and secure, keep reading. We’re going to go over the best options you have at your disposal.

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SmartyDNS Now Has Chrome and Firefox Extensions

Great news – you can now use our service’s proxy features straight from your Firefox or Chrome browser.

No more having to boot up the client if you just want to quickly unblock a website on either browser. With just a few clicks, you can instantly hide your IP address, and bypass geo-restrictions and firewalls without ever having to leave your browser (even if it’s for a second).

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Do You Need a uTorrent VPN?

uTorrent is one of the most popular (if not the most popular) torrenting clients. It’s very easy to get used to, it doesn’t eat up a lot of space or memory, and it offers unlimited downloads.

But you know what would make it even better? A uTorrent VPN you use alongside it.

Why?

Well, here’s all you need to know about why using uTorrent and VPN services together is a very good idea.

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6 Good Reasons You Need a VoIP VPN

Almost one billion people are allegedly using VoIP services – and the data is from 2017, so it’s likely that number only went up since then.

Well, if you’re one of the many people who use these apps, you’d stand to enjoy a much better experience if you were to use a VoIP VPN too.

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How to Get on Facebook at School Fast and Easy (9 Methods)

Having trouble accessing Facebook at school? Getting a screen saying you can’t reach the website?

That’s likely because your school’s network administrator is blocking your connections to Facebook.

The good news is that bypassing those restrictions isn’t too hard. Here’s how to get on Facebook at school without breaking a sweat.

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9 Reasons to Start Using a VPN to Change Location Data Right Now

VPNs can do a lot of great things, but most people mainly get a VPN to change location info. That’s definitely a good reason, but there’s more to it than just simply wanting to look like you’re from a different part of the world.

So, here is a clear overview of the main nine reasons you should consider using a VPN location changer.

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How to Get American Netflix in Australia

Living in Australia is great – there’s awesome weather, amazing beaches, and you get all the entertainment you want. Well, until you try to watch Netflix US content since that’s not available there.

No need to stress over it, however, since we’ll show you how to get American Netflix in Australia with ease.

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New Sign-In Method for Our Android and Fire TV Apps

We’ve got great news – we just outfitted our Android and Fire TV apps with a new and improved sign-in screen that will make the login process much more simple and hassle-free for you.

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How to Watch Eurosport in USA Hassle-Free

If you love sports, you’ve likely heard about Eurosport by now. It’s the platform where you can watch any kind of sports you want, after all. There’s just one problem – if you’re from the US, you won’t be able to access it.

No need to worry, though – here’s exactly how to watch Eurosport in USA without having to do anything too complicated.

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Here’s 13 More Websites You’ll Be Able to Enjoy With SmartyDNS!

Thanks to all your feedback and recommendations, we found 13 more websites to unblock and add to our ever-growing list of unblocked sites. This time, we’ll be adding more platforms from the US, the UK, Australia, and Switzerland.

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How to Watch March Madness Outside the US

March Madness is the kind of annual event no sports lover wants to miss. However, people living outside the US don’t really have much of an option since they can’t watch the matches.

If you’re in that situation, don’t worry – we’ll show you how to watch March Madness outside the US with this quick article.

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Learn How to Watch TF1 Outside France in Seconds

Whether you just want to practice your French, enjoy peak French entertainment, or alleviate some of your homesickness while abroad, TF1 has everything you need in terms of content. Or it would if it were available outside the country.

No need to feel disappointed, though – we’ll show you how to watch TF1 outside France without having to take any drastic measures.

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Here’s How to Watch TenPlay Outside Australia

TenPlay has some of the best shows Australian entertainment has to offer. There’s just one problem – the platform doesn’t work outside the country.

No need to feel sad, though – here’s exactly how to watch TenPlay outside Australia without having to do anything too complicated (like moving there).

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How to Watch CTV Outside Canada With No Effort

CTV is a great platform for anyone looking to enjoy tons of new, varied content. Unfortunately, you won’t really be able to access CTV outside of Canada since its content doesn’t work abroad.

No need to worry, though, since we’ll show you how to watch CTV outside Canada with this 5-minute article.

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How to Watch Comedy Central Outside US Territory

Comedy Central is full of amazing, original, and entertaining shows. It’s just too bad that the the platform is only available in a few countries, and that the US content library is off limits to people outside the country.

Well, no need to worry about that – we’ll show you how to watch Comedy Central outside US borders with almost no effort.

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How Do You Choose the Best VPN Server Location?

Using a VPN is pretty simple. Even if you have no experience with VPNs, getting the hang of them is still easy. However, one of the things even seasoned users seem to have a problem with is finding the best VPN server location.

If you’re one of them, don’t worry – we’ll show you exactly how to choose the right VPN server location for you in this article. If you’re in a hurry, just skip to the “Conclusion” part to get a quick summary.

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How to Watch BT Sport Abroad

If you are an expat then there is an issue that arises, BT Sport is locked to UK residents only but of course there is a solution in the shape of Smart DNS. Let’s see how you can watch BT Sport abroad, if you are in USA or in any other location outside UK.

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