10.11.16 | 0 Comments|
So, you’ve done your research and set up your first VPN. Great! No more worries about who’s snooping on you or accessing your personal data – you’re just another anonymous netizen.
Don’t relax just yet, though. There are still a few ways that your internet connection might be revealing your true identity and location, even if you’re using a well-reviewed VPN service.
Mercifully, it is possible to plug the IP leaks responsible for exposing too much information.
Let’s take a look at the WebRTC flaw, how to test if you’re affected, and how to plug the leak so you can continue to enjoy complete anonymity.
To recap quickly: Your IP (internet protocol) address is the unique numerical identifier assigned by your internet service provider (ISP) to your internet connection. Whenever you use a website or web service, your IP address will be among the data exchanged, revealing your location, ISP and other bits of technical information.
A VPN allows you to obscure your real IP address and even appear to be on an entirely different continent. It does this by sending all data from your computer via an encrypted tunnel to an exit server. This exit server could potentially be anywhere in the world. To anyone looking in from the outside, it will appear as though this is your location. It’s one of the key reasons people purchase a VPN in the first place.
An IP leak occurs when a bug or process causes data to bypass that tunnel and gives a third party website or web service access to your real IP address.
In this particular case, the WebRTC (Web Real Time Communication) Protocol makes it possible for a service or website to request your real IP address from your browser, bypassing the VPN you’re using.
If you’re a Google Chrome user, all you need to do to fix the leak is download the lightweight browser extension, WebRTC Network Limiter. This allows you to reconfigure Chrome privacy settings to plug the WebRTC leak. Simple and effective.
To plug the leak in Firefox, you need to access the about:config menu, by typing “about:config” in the browser address bar. Then find the media.peerconnection.enabled entry and double-click it to turn it off. It’s a good idea to empty your browser cache once you’re done.
Finish up by retesting your VPN for leaks at ipleak.net.
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