VPN IP addresses are ideal for internet security and for masking an IP address.
However, there are security flaws out there that can show your actual IP address to anybody, whether or not you’re using a VPN to hide it.
Luckily, we put together a useful how-to guide to show you exactly how to find out if your VPN IP address is exposed and how to fix it.
First, let’s cover exactly what a VPN IP address is.
What Is A VPN IP Address?
By definition, VPN stands for Virtual Private Network.
This networking technology works well at encrypting data, increasing security, and hiding your actual IP address.
Big businesses, schools, and government agencies typically use VPNs to let remote users securely access a private network.
An IP address is added to your connection by your internet service provider and can reveal who your service provider is along with a generalized idea where your service is located.
If there is a flaw within a VPN, it can reveal the real IP address it is masking and cause serious security problems.
Luckily, there are ways to figure out if your VPN is flawed and how to repair it.
How To Find Out If Your VPN IP Address Is Being Leaked
Follow these simple steps to identify if your VPN has been compromised:
- Visit an IP address identifying website and write down what your real service provided IP address is. Keep this information handy.
- Log into your Virtual Private Network and select an exit server in a different country. Verify that you are properly connected.
- Go back to your IP address identifying website and check your IP address once again.
- Verify that the IP address that comes up is different than the one you wrote down earlier.
- Verify the details, too. The new IP address that pops up should correspond with the alternative country you previously selected.
- Double-check with the test page at WebRTC and verify the IP address that comes up.
If the IP address that comes up is different than your actual IP address, congratulations! Your VPN is functioning properly.
However, if your IP address is coming up as the real IP address after following these steps, your browser is leaking your real IP address to the internet.
How To Fix A Leaked VPN IP Address
It’s super easy to take care of a leaking VPN– all you really need to do is disable WebRTC.
Most web browsers enable WebRTC automatically.
If you use Chrome or Opera, install the ScriptSafe browser extension to disable WebRTC.
For Firefox, install the Disable WebRTC add-on or type about:config into your address bar and set media.peerconnection.enabled to false.
Unfortunately, most browser apps that utilize your mic and camera and sites that save your location will stop working partially or completely when WebRTC is disabled.
At this place and time, there’s little that can be done to fix that, but keep in mind that it is only until the VPN providers fix the fault.
Surf The Web With Ease!
Now that you know exactly how to assess and repair a leaking VPN, you can surf the net with a bit more ease.
Got any additional tips for identifying faults in VPNs? Share your knowledge in the comments!