How to Know if your VPN is leaking?

See if your  virtual private network is really private, or that the P in VPN is of no use.

Users might think that they have set up like Fort Knox  but they should not play with their private data . It is important to confirm that Virtual Private Network software used by you is in reality doing what it is supposed to. There is a likelihood that your private data may get scattered. If you have picked a reliable VPN service, you will be safeguarded everywhere be it computer or a smart gadget. There is no harm in checking if your VPN is leaking more information than you would like it to.

Check your IP Address.

Your home consists of an  IP address along with a residential address. The IP (internet protocol) is a number that is given to individual routers by the Internet Service Providers. Your internal home network also offers nodes in your home- gaming consoles, computers, laptops, smart speakers, etc. The concerning object is the public-facing IP address.

IP address shows how your system/router corresponds with Internet servers. They don’t really use names like PCRag.com because computer prefers numbers. IP addresses are bounded not only to ISPs but also to specific locations. Comcast comes with an array of IP addresses for one area and a different range for another area. If someone has somehow gotten your IP address, they have gained much more than just some numbers; they can find out where you reside. IP addresses comes in various formats such as IPv4 version like 172.16.254.2.

Your public -facing IP Address is easy to find.

How to know if it is leaked?

Take any IP address and search  for it in any search engine with IP in front, like IP 172.15.365.2 (sans quotation marks). If it is showing the city location, then your VPN has a big leak. A leak can be caused by WebRTC bug. It is a collection of standards that tries to find your IP address. If you have a modern desktop browser, you will have this too. VPNs that work via an extension in the browser will turn it off. Disable WebRTC in browsers yourself.

Chrome-It needs an extension like WebRTC Network Limited or the WebRTC Leak Prevent.

Edge– It is not  possible to fix it, but you can hide your local IP address by typing “about flags” and checking box next to Hide my local IP address over WebRTC connections.

Safari– It is not such a big issue as Apple’s browser does not share user’s information and other data.

Firefox– Type (about:config), click on the I accept the risk button. Double-click to change to value column to say False.

Opera– Go to view, and click on show extension. Now, select WebRTC Leak Prevent and go to Options. Choose to disable it and save settings.

Lucia Mandela is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Lucia has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup.

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